The New England Patriots lost their first game of the season 30-24 in overtime to the Denver Broncos.
That’s not the bad news.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered an apparent knee injury late in the fourth quarter on a cart headed for the locker room, where he’d undergo tests to determine the damage.
At the time, the Patriots led 21-17. But Brock Osweiler engineered a go-ahead touchdown drive, putting up the 17th points of the 4th quarter and putting the Broncos ahead 24-21 with 1:09 remaining.
Of course, Tom Brady and the undefeated Patriots wouldn’t go down easy.
Brady drove down the field to set up a game-tying Stephen Gostowski 47-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime.
The Patriots received the ball first in overtime, but quickly went three-and-out. It didn’t take long for the Broncos to end it, as C.J. Anderson clinched the victory with a 48-yard touchdown run.
Osweiler finished 23-of-42 for 270 yards and a touchdown and interception each as he moved to 2-0 as a starter.
Anderson led the Broncos in rushing with 113 yards. Ronnie Hillman added 59.
Brady did his part with three touchdowns and 280 yards, but the story for the Patriots is Gronkowski.
Gronkowski was hit low on an incomplete pass and was left squirming on the ground afterwards. The initial fear was a torn ACL on the same knee that Gronkowski had injured before. But recent reports indicate the knee injury isn’t serious. An MRI is scheduled for Monday.
Gronkowski didn’t speak to reporters after the game.