FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady erased a 24-point deficit. Peyton Manning’s touchdown pass forced overtime.
The game was in the hands of two great quarterbacks.
Then a punting duel ensued and a live ball hit the leg of a backup cornerback.
Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen’s punt after it bounced, Nate Ebner recovered for the Patriots at the Broncos 13-yard line and Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime to give New England a 34-31 win over Denver on Sunday night.
“What a crazy game and what a fun finish,” Gostkowski said.
The Patriots lost fumbles on their first three possessions and they were booed several times in the first half.
But Brady threw for three touchdowns to lead the Patriots (8-3) from a 24-0 halftime deficit against the NFL’s best offense for a 31-24 lead as New England scored on its first five possessions of the second half. Then Manning threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas for the Broncos (9-2), tying it at 31.