NFL: New England 34, Denver 31 (OT)

Nov. 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM   |   Comments

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal with 2 minutes left in overtime Sunday, capping a wild comeback that lifted New England over Denver 34-31.

New England trailed 24-0 at halftime but then rattled off 31 straight points to grab the lead as Tom Brady tossed three touchdown passes and set up a 1-yard scoring run by Brandon Bolden.

The Broncos, however, fought back late in the fourth quarter as Peyton Manning fired an 11-yard scoring strike to Demaryius Thomas with 3:10 left, forging a 31-31 tie.

The two teams then combined for three scoreless possessions in overtime before New England punted with 3 minutes remaining. Denver's Wes Welker signaled for a fair catch but the ball hit Tony Carter of the Broncos on the fly and the Patriots' Nate Ebner fell on it at the Denver 20-yard line.

Three plays later, Gostkowski put one through the uprights and AFC East-leading New England (8-3) had the win.

Brady finished 34-of-50 for 344 passing yards. Two of his TD passes went to Julian Edelman, who made nine catches for 110 yards.

Manning completed 19-of-36 passes for 150 yards, a TD and interception for AFC West-leading Denver (9-2).

Knowshown Moreno ran for 224 yards with a score on 37 carries.

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