Von Miller recovered a fumble, dodged Tom Brady's half-hearted attempt at a tackle and ran 60 yards for a touchdown as the Denver Broncos forced fumbles on New England's first three possessions to open a 17-0 lead over the Patriots through one quarter on Sunday night.
The much-heralded matchup between Brady and Peyton Manning in frigid Foxborough was dominated early on by the Broncos defense. And Miller was at the center of the two biggest plays early on, adding a strip sack of Brady on the Patriots' next possession to set up Knowshon Moreno's 2-yard TD run.
When New England (7-3) got the ball back, it held onto it for just two plays before LeGarrette Blount had the ball knocked loose by safety Duke Ihenacho. Linebacker Danny Trevathan fell on it and was ruled down by contact, negating a return that would have had the Broncos at the Patriots 11.
Instead, Denver (9-1) settled for Matt Prater's 27-yard field goal that made it 17-0.
The Patriots had lost five fu...