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Patriots rally back from 24-0 deficit to beat Broncos in OT

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs from Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs from Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after a turnover in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after a turnover in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls signals at the line against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls signals at the line against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals his team in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals his team in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to the sideline in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to the sideline in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Marines stand on the sideline as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Marines stand on the sideline as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • A woman wears military medals during the national anthem as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    A woman wears military medals during the national anthem as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • A soldier salutes as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    A soldier salutes as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign referring to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83), formerly of the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A New England Patriots fan holds a sign referring to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83), formerly of the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, and quarterback Tom Brady sit on the bench in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, and quarterback Tom Brady sit on the bench in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) fumbles as he is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) fumbles as he is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots fans sit bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots fans sit bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho is helped from the field in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho is helped from the field in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Fans are bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Fans are bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Broncos safeties Duke Ihenacho, rear, and Mike Adams, left, tackle New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Denver Broncos safeties Duke Ihenacho, rear, and Mike Adams, left, tackle New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • A Denver Broncos fan holds a sign about quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A Denver Broncos fan holds a sign about quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning chases a loose ball in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning chases a loose ball in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan (26) celebrates his interception of a pass by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan (26) celebrates his interception of a pass by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) and Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) and Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins celebrates a first down catch against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins celebrates a first down catch against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker can't catch a pass with New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington defending in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker can't catch a pass with New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington defending in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski watches his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski watches his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, center, is congratulated after his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, center, is congratulated after his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) makes the game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen is holding. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) makes the game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen is holding. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shouts as he runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs on the field before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs from Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after a turnover in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (45) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) runs from Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots cheerleaders perform before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes over Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls signals at the line against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals his team in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to the sideline in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • Marines stand on the sideline as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • A woman wears military medals during the national anthem as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • A soldier salutes as veterans and active duty military members were honored as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign referring to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83), formerly of the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, and quarterback Tom Brady sit on the bench in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) fumbles as he is tackled by Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes against the New England Patriots in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • New England Patriots fans sit bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho is helped from the field in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Fans are bundled against the cold in the second quarter of an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Broncos safeties Duke Ihenacho, rear, and Mike Adams, left, tackle New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) after a catch in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • A Denver Broncos fan holds a sign about quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • A New England Patriots fan holds a sign about Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, formerly with the Patriots, in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, right, lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman lands in the end zone with a touchdown catch alongside Denver Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer (23) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning chases a loose ball in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan (26) celebrates his interception of a pass by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams (20) and Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates his touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins celebrates a first down catch against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker can't catch a pass with New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington defending in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski watches his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, center, is congratulated after his game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) makes the game-winning kick against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. New England Patriots punter Ryan Allen is holding. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) scores a touchdown Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) and defensive end Shaun Phillips (90) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The final error in a game filled with mistakes helped the New England Patriots to a stunning comeback win.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime after a misplayed punt return by Denver, lifting the Patriots to a 34-31 victory over the Broncos last night.

“We had some plays in the first half that didn’t go our way, so it was nice to get a good bounce and we needed it,” said Tom Brady, who helped the Patriots put together a terrific comeback in the second half.

Denver’s Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen’s punt after it landed and Nate Ebner recovered for New England at the Broncos 13-yard line. After Brady ran twice to line up the kick, Gostkowski connected for his 21st successful field goal attempt.

The Patriots lost fumbles on their first three possessions, but Brady threw for three touchdowns to lead the Patriots (8-3) from a 24-0 halftime deficit to a 31-24 lead as New England scored on its first five possessions of the second half. Then Peyton Manning threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas for the Broncos (9-2), tying it at 31.

But Carter’s gaffe was the third lost fumble for the Broncos in the second half.

The early turnovers helped Denver to a big halftime advantage, but the Patriots took the lead when Brady hit Julian Edelman for a TD early in the fourth. Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal made it 31-24 midway through the fourth.

“We calmed down. We played each play one play at time,” Edelman said of the difference in the second part of the game. “We didn’t turn the ball over in the second half.”

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 to tie it.

Brady led the Patriots to three straight 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.

Brady led New England 80 yards for a touchdown to open the second half, thanks to a 33-yard completion to Rob Gronkowski and a 5-yard scoring pass to Edelman. Montee Ball coughed it up on Denver’s next possession, and six plays later Brandon Bolden ran it in from the 1 to make it a 10-point game.

A 6-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski with 19 seconds left in the third quarter cut the Broncos’ lead to 24-21.

Von Miller returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown and then strip-sacked Brady to force another turnover in the first quarter, setting up Knowshon Moreno’s 2-yard TD run. Moreno finished with a career-high 224 yards on 37 carries.

When New England got the ball back, it held onto it for just two plays before LeGarrette Blount had the ball knocked loose by safety Duke Ihenacho. Linebacker Danny Trevathan fell on it and was ruled down by contact, negating a return that would have had the Broncos at the Patriots 11.

Instead, Denver settled for Matt Prater’s 27-yard field goal that made it 17-0. The Broncos added another touchdown when Manning hit Jacob Tamme from 10 yards out for the only score of the second quarter.

New England had lost five fumbles all season coming into the game and was sixth in the NFL in net turnovers. But Stevan Ridley coughed it up on the opening drive on a night with a kickoff temperature of 20 degrees and a wind chill of 6. Ridley has fumbled in three consecutive games, losing two.

Denver had a turnover of its own after forcing New England to punt right before the half. Trindon Holliday let the ball bounce off his leg, giving the Patriots the ball at the Broncos 42 with five seconds left.

Brady’s Hail Mary was far short of the end zone and incomplete.

The temperature made it difficult on the players on each side and also could have been the reason that first the play clocks and then the game clocks went out, forcing the referees to keep the official time on the field. The clocks came back early in the second quarter.

Brady and Manning have six regular-season MVP awards between them and three more in the Super Bowl, where they’ve combined to win four NFL championships, three of them by Brady. It’s the 14th time they’ve met, with Brady holding a 9-4 advantage.

This time, though, Manning had former Patriots receiver Wes Welker on his side. Brady’s longtime favorite target went to Denver as a free agent and he entered the game as the Broncos’ leading receiver with 61 catches.

Welker was a non-factor with four catches for 31 yards.

Both teams had players knocked out of the game: Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon had an ankle injury and Denver receiver Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie injured his shoulder.

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