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Some Broncos/Patriots playoff notes

January 29, 2016

The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots (then known as the Boston Patriots), met in the first AFL game ever played back in 1960.

The teams have clashed five times in the NFL playoffs, (they never met in the AFL playoffs), with Denver holding a (4-1) edge.

All five games have been won by the home team which is also the case in playoff tilts involving the great quarterbacks, Tom Brady of New England and Peyton Manning currently with the Broncos, but also in three playoff games vs Brady and New England, as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Two of the 5 home team wins in the Denver/New England playoff annals were games in which Manning and Denver prevailed vs Brady and New England.

With Brady as quarterback New England won a home divisional round game vs Denver and its quarterback, Tim Tebow in 2012.

Denver with Jake Plummer as its “Q.B.” ended a run of 10 consecutive New England playoff wins (before that loss Brady was (10-0) in the playoffs, as a starting “Q.B.” having been relieved in one of those wins, the 2001 AFC title tilt, by Drew Bledsoe) in a 2005 divisional round game.

That game marked the end of New England invincibility.

Denver also won a divisional round game vs New England in 1986, a game remembered by bettors for the fact a late safety, scored by Denver, covered the point spread.

Jake Plummer, pictured above was the Denver Broncos quarterback in the 2005 divisional round game in which the Broncos handed Tom Brady his first post-season defeat.

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