However, the postseason is a long shot at best at this point, considering the Broncos are 3-6 and sitting in last place in the AFC West.
For a week leading up to Sunday night's affair, Broncos coach Vance Joseph had spoken of the necessity for Denver to create a "fair" game. Sunday, the special teams starred, though the defense deserved credit as a supporting actor with New England scoring 41 points and gaining 396 yards.
Brady drove the Patriots right down the field and Lewis plowed through the middle of the Denver defense for an 8-yard touchdown run and a 34-16 New England lead with 4:36 left in the third quarter.
Brock Osweiler, making a second straight start since replacing Trevor Siemian, was 18 of 33 for 221 yards, including a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.
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Tomlin also said he didn't expect any of the team's injured players to return for Thursday's game against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers' secondary gave up touchdown passes of 60 and 61 yards against Indianapolis after Haden left the game.
After stopping the Patriots three-and-out on the opening drive of the game, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie fumbled a punt that the Patriots recovered on the Broncos' 24-yard-line.
Rookie Isaiah McKenzie, who has seen his first National Football League season turn into a bit of a recurring nightmare of dropped punts, muffed the Patriots' first punt of the game, one that came after a stadium rocking three-and-out forced by the Broncos' defense.
It was the special teams that let the Broncos down Sunday.
The Broncos' offense stepped up on the next series and it ended with a field goal.