by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff
October 12, 2009

Actually, the phrase is pronounced “Bucking” Broncos, but I understand where you’re coming from.

Thinking of the old adage it’s better to be lucky than good, the Invesco Field crew did plenty of both on their way to a 20-17 overtime win. Like many previous games at Denver, New England failed to take a game they could have won. “Could have” gets them to 3-2 and a lot of questions as they look to face similar kill-them-softly, possession-type offenses the rest of the year.

Some quick notes…

Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead: Watching this small-market thriller provided viewers with an inevitable sense of dread. Much like Sunday, it lacks a happy ending.

Braying Brady: Quarterback Tom Brady (19 of 33, 215 yards, two TDs) had a half-decent game, literally, helping the Pats to 17 points in two quarters but none after that. Brady missed Randy Moss in the end zone in the first half and came up short on Wes Welker breaking into the clear with four minutes to go. He then fumbled with 1:47 left. Tough to watch.

As for his barking after incompletions? Tom, you might want to settle down with that. You’re awesome, but sometimes it’s you.

Rocky Mountain Hi-larious: And to lose to Denver in those horrid uniforms. My God.

Kyle High Club: Anyone still thinking that Josh McDaniels got robbed in the Kyle Orton-for-Jay Cutler trade, check out Orton’s first half numbers after Denver’s 90-yard drive in the second quarter: 14 for 17, 131 yards, one TD. Orton finished 35 of 48 for 330 yards and two TDs. Most important for the Broncos, Orton made no mistakes (his interception came on the last play of the first half, an end zone heave picked off by Moss).

Marshall Plan: It’s simple, really. Throw the ball to Brandon Marshall, watch him break tackles and score. Eight catches, 64 yards, two touchdowns.

Talk about death by a thousand cuts. Miserable.

They Was Rob’ed: Special teamer/surprise participant Rob Ninkovich had a sack and a tipped pass in the second quarter. Could have used more of that in the second half.

Welker’s Back: Receiver Wes Welker had to take one down off at the end of the first half due to back pain. Yours would hurt, too, if you got speared by Brian Dawkins. Nice work by Welker to get back on the field on the next possible play.

Keep The Tip: Seriously, when your safety (Brandon McGowan) and your corner (Jonathan Wilhite) both get hands on the football, you’d expect to at least knock it down, right? I mean, you wouldn’t think receiver Jabar Gaffney would come down with it for a first down, you know?

I mean, what the hell?

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