DENVER – After a sluggish first half devoid of offensive fireworks, New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott ignited the Denver Broncos early in the third quarter on Sunday night.
And that sparked the Patriots' offense. Elliott's amazing leap and run to the end zone for a diving touchdown was a strong contender for "SportsCenter's" Top 10 plays segment.
After trailing 7-3 at halftime, New England scored 20 points in the third quarter, highlighted by Cody Davis' 1-yard touchdown return off a botched kickoff by Marvin Mims
Jr. Rookie Marte Mapu had hit Mims, who had first muffed the kickoff, setting up Davis' touchdown.
With that touchdown plus scores from Elliott and tight end Mike Gesicki, the Pats had their highest-scoring quarter of the season.
Elliott's touchdown was particularly impressive. The Patriots were down 7-3 and faced a second-and-10 from the Denver 15-yard line.
At the 16 on the right side of the field, Elliott grabbed a short ball from quarterback Bailey Zappe, who was in the shotgun and had dropped back to the 23-yard line.
Elliott used his left hand as leverage to hurdle over Broncos CB Ja'Quan McMillian, who attempted for a low tackle at the 12.