“We pride ourselves on playing smart and playing physical, I just think the execution wasn’t there,” Brady said. “When we were down 28-3, we started to figure it out a little bit.” After falling behind 21-3 in the first half, the Patriots came unraveled. The ugliness reached its crescendo on the last play of the half when Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins was ejected for taking a cheap shot on Ebenezer Ekuban, hitting him below the belt after Adam Vinatieri missed a 53-yard field goal. “It was a cheap shot,” Ekuban said. “Hopefully, the NFL will fine him heavily.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We knew we were going to get a couple of shots,” Plummer said. “They panned out like that.” Tatum Bell had a 68-yard run and finished with 114 yards to surpass the century mark for the second straight week as the Broncos (5-1) jumped ahead by 25 early in the third quarter en route to their fifth straight win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Plummer finished with 262 yards and two touchdowns and extended his streak without an interception to 17 quarters. Over the previous three games, the errorless ball came seemingly at the expense of the big play – Plummer didn’t crack 150 yards in any of those games – but this time, the Broncos got both. “He’s definitely been playing a lot smarter,” said receiver Ashley Lelie, who caught the 55-yard pass. “He’s not trying to make every single play. It’s a credit to him understanding and accepting his role on the team. He puts up wins for us when he plays smart like that.” Trailing by 25, Tom Brady picked on the young Denver secondary – missing the injured Champ Bailey for most of the second half – to pull the Patriots within 28-20 late. New England had a chance to tie, but Brady threw three straight incompletions and after a punt, the Denver offense ran the final 3 minutes off the clock. Brady went 24 for 46 for 299 yards and a touchdown in a comeback effort fitting of the two-time Super Bowl MVP. DENVER – Jake Plummer did more than merely manage the game, he controlled it. He made big plays when they were there, avoided mistakes and made the New England Patriots look more like a team in disarray than the NFL’s reigning dynasty. Plummer hit on throws of 72 and 55 yards to help the Denver Broncos to a 28-20 victory over the two-time defending champions Sunday, the first time he showed his explosive capability this season.