NFL: New England 31, Denver 21

Oct. 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- New England's Stevan Ridley ran for 151 yards and a touchdown Sunday and the Patriots held off a late Denver rally to defeat the Broncos 31-21.

Wes Welker added 104 receiving yards with a touchdown as New England (3-2) bounced back from two straight loss with a second consecutive win.

Ridley carried the ball 28 times, but his fumble with 5:19 left to play gave Denver a chance to pull within three points. New England's Rob Ninkovich made Ridley's miscue a moot point, however, when he forced Willis McGahee to fumble on the Patriots' 14-yard line, essentially sewing up the victory.

Tom Brady gained 223 passing yards with a TD for the Pats.

Peyton Manning went 31-of-44 for 345 yards and three scoring passes for the Broncos (2-3).

Demaryius Thomas hauled down nine passes for 188 yards for Denver.

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