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After 17 days, one canceled road trip, multiple schedule changes and a bit of a bumpy ride in the final minutes, the Denver Broncos showed, even considering their frustrations of the past two weeks, that they had made the most of their time.
With Drew Lock back at quarterback, Phillip Lindsay back at running back and a refreshed-looking group, the Broncos had neither punted nor had been flagged for a penalty until the fourth quarter. They got just enough on offense, all on six field goals from Brandon McManus, for an 18-12 victory over the New England Patriots as the team looked as prepared as coach Vic Fangio had repeatedly promised it would be.
It was McManus’ first six field goal game of his career — he had a five field goal game during the team’s playoff run in the 2015 season — as the Broncos improved to 2-3 after an 0-3 start. It was also the first time in franchise history a kicker had six field goals in a game.