Brandon McManus, Broncos beat Patriots with 6 field goals, making NFL history
The Denver Broncos have kicker Brandon McManus to thank for their Week 6 victory over the New England Patriots. The seven-year kicker completed a historic six field goals, tying that of only Justin Tucker for the most games in NFL history with multiple 50-yard field goals, per Broncos’ Aric DiLalla.
Brandon McManus is now tied with Justin Tucker (6) for the most games in NFL history with multiple 50-plus yard field goals.
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) October 18, 2020
McManus was the leading contributor to all of the Broncos’ points on Sunday, as Denver finished the game with a final score of 18-12 over the Patriots. The contest had been delayed multiple times due to a number of Patriots players testing positive for COVID-19, namely Cam Newton.
The Patriots weren’t able to gain enough momentum to sustain a comeback against the Broncos on Sunday. Newton didn’t boast his usual dominance, completing 17 of 25 passes for 157 yards. His downfall came with his giveaways, throwing two interceptions throughout the game.
Similarly, Drew Lock wasn’t able to accomplish much for the Broncos in the passing game. The University of Missouri product completed 10 of 24 passes for 189 yards, throwing two picks as well. Lock’s performance can be chalked up to shaking off some rust after being sidelined since Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a contest in which he sustained a shoulder injury.
The Broncos improved to 2-3 on Sunday and now sit at third in the AFC West division. Lock’s performance will have to be significantly better in Week 7, as Denver faces off against the defending champions in the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Broncos end up relying on strictly field goals to keep them in the game, the Chiefs will make quick work of their dry efforts.