Patriots roar back against Broncos

NEW ENGLAND 34, DENVER 31

  • Follow NFL

Back | Next
New England wide receiver Julian Edelman dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Denver defensive end Shaun Phillips gives chase. The touchdown gave the Patriots the lead after the AFC East leaders had falled behind by 24.  ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
New England wide receiver Julian Edelman dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Denver defensive end Shaun Phillips gives chase. The touchdown gave the Patriots the lead after the AFC East leaders had falled behind by 24.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Stephen Gostokowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to cap a wild comeback for a 34-31 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

A mishap on a punt set the Patriots up in position to kick the game-winner.

Denver blew a 24-point lead, then staged a comeback of their own that sent the game into overtime.

Peyton Manning’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 3:06 left in regulation tied the game at 31.

The Patriots fumbled on their first three possessions to spot Denver a 24-point halftime lead before scoring 31 points in a row, taking the lead when Tom Brady hit Julian Edelman for a TD early in the fourth. Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal made it 31-24 midway through the fourth.

But Manning, who had thrown for only 73 yards in the first 3½ quarters, led the Broncos on an 80-yard drive. Twice the Broncos were rescued by penalties: First when a defensive holding penalty negated an interception, and again when a pass interference on third-and-7 from the Patriots 17 gave Denver a first down.

On the next play, Manning lobbed one to Thomas in the left corner of the end zone.

Brady led the Patriots to three conseutive touchdowns in the third quarter to cut Denver’s lead to 24-21 heading into the fourth. He was 21 for 26 for 228 yards and three TDs in the second half of the much-heralded matchup with Manning that was dominated by turnovers early on.

New England had lost five fumbles all season coming into the game and was sixth in the NFL in net turnovers. But Stevan Ridley, who coughed it up on the opening drive, has fumbled in three consecutive games, losing two.

NFL SCORES

Rams 42

Bears 21

Buccaneers 24

Lions 21

Chargers 41

Chiefs 38

Cardinals 40

Colts 11

Cowboys 24

Giants 21

Jaguars 13

Texans 6

Ravens 19

Jets 3

Steelers 27

Browns 11

Titans 23

Raiders 19

Vikings 26

Packers 26 (OT)

SUNDAY’S BEST

PASSING

Philip Rivers,
San Diego Chargers
392 yards, 3 touchdowns

RUSHING

Adrian Peterson,
Minnesota Vikings
146 yards, 1 touchdown

RECEIVING

Josh Gordon
Cleveland Browns
237 yards, 1 touchdown


Top headlines

Georgia Regents' hospital plan chosen

Georgia Regents Medical Center won a lengthy and hardfought battle over two other Augusta hospitals to build the first hospital in Columbia County, the Georgia Department of Community Health ...
Search Augusta jobs