February 26, 2024

Patriots

The Patriots’ rookie missed a area aim and an additional level previous to the try.

Chad Ryland delivered within the clutch on Sunday night time. (Photograph by Justin Edmonds/Getty Photographs)

Sunday night time was up-and-down for Patriots rookie kicker Chad Ryland. However, with the sport on the road towards the Denver Broncos, he delivered.

Bailey Zappe led a drive downfield in below a minute, giving New England a 56 yard area aim try within the remaining seconds of the fourth quarter. Up till that time, Ryland had already missed a area aim and an additional level. His remaining kick, although, was good to seal a 26-23 Patriots victory.

He capped off a wild second half during which New England gained a 16 level lead, solely to look at the Russel Wilson-led Broncos claw all the way in which again to tie the sport within the fourth quarter.

Following its heartbreaking loss, Denver has a significant uphill battle to make the playoffs. Outdoors of the three groups penciled into AFC wildcard slots, there are additionally three groups within the hunt with a greater file than the 7-8 Broncos.

Patriots followers hoping for a high three choose within the 2024 NFL draft may be disillusioned within the final result, too. New England is now projected to personal the No. 4 choose within the draft, after coming into the day slated to select second.

Regardless, the 2023 Patriots are clearly fired up for the win.

New England will shut out the season with a pair of AFC East matchups, first towards the Buffalo Payments on New Years Eve after which the New York Jets on Jan. 7.