Broncos at Patriots Sunday night showdown

Broncos at Patriots Sunday night showdown

Zuri Berry and Steve Silva provide updates as the Patriots face the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Add your comments in the right-hand panel.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 31-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Patriots over the Denver Broncos, 34-31.

The Patriots battled back from 24-0 deficit to win the game. But it wasn't without adversity. 

Demaryius Thomas beat cornerback Aqib Talib on a quick fade route for an 11-yard touchdown with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter as the Broncos tied the Patriots, 31-0, before heading into overtime. 

Julian Edelman juked once, then for a second time, before diving into the end zone on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Stephen Gostkowski followed up with a 31-yard field as the Patriots went on a run in the second half. 

Tom Brady connected with Edelman for a 5-yard touchdown pass, Brandon Bolden punched in a 1-yard touchdown, and Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 6-yard touchdown, all in the third quarter, as the Patriots cut the Broncos lead to 24-21.

In the first half, Peyton Manning threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme, his first touchdown reception of the season, in the second quarter. 

Denver kicker Matt Prater made a 27-yard field with 2:57 left in the first quarter as the Broncos jumped ahead thanks in part to three Patriots turnovers. 

Running back LeGarrette Blount fumbled on a 9-yard run, setting up Prater's field goal.  And Brady was sacked by Von Miller, taking a crushing hit that caused him to fumble. Two plays later, the Broncos' Knowshon Moreno plowed into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown as Denver went up 14-0.

Miller, the Broncos' linebacker, had made another impact play earlier when he picked up a Stevan Ridley fumble and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the first quarter. 
  • Steve Silva, Boston.com 11/24/2013 10:32:33 PM

    Right around 30 degrees. Will head outside in a bit to confirm conditions

  • Patriots strength coach Harold Nash working out defensive backs Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard. Dennard may actually play, apparently.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:42:37 AM
    9:54 1st quarter: Broncos 7, Patriots 0 -- Broncos linebacker Von Miller picked up a Stevan Ridley fumble, forced by comrade Wesley Woodyard, and rumbled 60 yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the quarter.
  • I've been a Ridley defender. Can't do it anymore.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:43:21 AM
    That's Ridley's fourth fumble of the season and third in the last three games.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:44:17 AM
    Ridley has his helmet off and he's pacing in a circle.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:46:38 AM
    Some locals on the scoreboard from Afghanistan on a live feed. They were all pumped up. The Gillette Stadium crowd was cool to it though.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:48:07 AM
    The Patriots fumble again. Broncos ball.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:48:30 AM
    Von Miller with the sack and forced fumble on Tom Brady.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:49:00 AM
    8:54 1st quarter: Broncos 14, Patriots 0 -- Knowshon Moreno, getting his second carry in a row, plowed in for a 2-yard touchdown as the Broncos capitalized on a Tom Brady fumble.
  • Broncos are up 14-0 and Manning has 8 yards passing. Sheesh.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:53:32 AM
    LeGarrette Blount is the new running back for the Patriots.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:54:10 AM
    Tom Brady is really favoring Shane Vereen.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 1:55:36 AM
    That's definitely a fumble by LeGarrette Blount.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:10:53 AM
    Welker drops third down pass from Manning, creates problem for Broncos. They have to punt on the short field against the wind.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:11:49 AM
    The Patriots are out of timeouts.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:12:48 AM
    Tom Brady gets another chance. 80 yards to go.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:13:39 AM
    Edelman with 9 catches for 110 yards, 2 TDs.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:14:57 AM
    Third and 10. Big down. Big play needed.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:15:42 AM
    Tom Brady finds Kenbrell Thompkins on 3rd and 10, but it's not nearly enough. The Patriots have to punt again.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:17:06 AM
    Wes Welker tried to waive off the punt, but his teammate Tony Carter touched it on the bounce. Nate Ebner recovered.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:17:25 AM
    Carter gets a 0-yard punt return and a fumble. Broncos call their first timeout.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:18:15 AM
    Patriots will likely try to center the ball.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:18:40 AM
    Here comes the possible game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:22:49 AM
    Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 31-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Patriots over the Denver Broncos, 34-31.
  • . @billbarnwell BELICHICK IS A GENIUS FOR TAKING THE WIND
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:23:41 AM
    FINAL: Patriots 34, Broncos 31
  • Zuri Berry 11/25/2013 5:33:41 AM
    "It was a strong wind. We just had to keep them out of the end zone." - Belichick on OT coin toss
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