In week 12, we’ll get to see quite the matchup between two excellent teams following two completely different week 11 endings. The Denver Broncos are coming off of the biggest win of their season after taking down the previously-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. The New England Patriots, however, are coming off of a loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.
This loss, though, wasn’t just any loss for Tom Brady and the Patriots. As you should know by now, on the last play of the game Brady launched a pass into the end zone that was picked off. During that play, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly gave tight end Rob Gronkowski what is now being labeled as a “hug.”
The officiating crew gathered together after originally throwing a penalty flag and then decided there was no foul on the play, thus ending the game in a loss for the Patriots. Immediately following the decision, Brady raced after the referee screaming passionately, begging for some kind of explanation. You should also know by now that Brady used a few colorful words in that process.
Remember last season, when the Broncos lost to the Patriots 31-21 on October 7th and then proceeded to go on an 11-game win streak heading into the playoffs?
This season, the Broncos will likely remember that loss going into this matchup and use it as extra motivation. But, this game means a lot to both sides. Brady and the Patriots don’t want to drop two straight, especially going down the stretch of this season with playoff position in mind.
Denver boasts the league’s top offense coming into this game, and arguably have a better defense than the Patriots. But, Brady has the majority of his offensive weapons healthy and New England comes in on the heels of a deflating and angering loss. Who will come out of week 12 victorious?
I know I’m not the only one when I say I’m already more than excited to find out.