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Patriots recover from 24-0 to stun Broncos in overtime

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New England quarterback Tom Brady helped to erase a 24-point deficit as the Patriots rallied to stun the Denver Broncos 34-31 on Sunday.

The Patriots trailed 24-0 at half time, but three touchdown passes from Brady gained them a 31-24 advantage. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning responded, throwing an 11-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas to level the scores in Foxboro.

However, 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 one minute 56 seconds left in overtime to give New England the win.

"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.

"It was really a tale of two halves," Denver interim coach Jack Del Rio said. "We forced turnovers and jumped on them early. They forced turnovers and jumped on us at the end. We just had a fluke play at the end."

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