Patriots Stage Huge Comeback to Stomp Broncos in Overtime Game

New England rallies from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat Denver 34-31

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Even before the game, the headlines were blaring. It was billed as a battle of two legendary quarterbacks, the 14th meeting between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. But Sunday night’s showdown between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots turned out to be one of the wildest games for both teams in recent memory, with the Pats overcoming a 24-point deficit on their home turf to win 34-31.

The Broncos jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first half following three Patriots turnovers, but New England came storming back in the second half — the largest comeback in franchise history. After the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, Manning rallied the Broncos to tie the game.

After winning the overtime coin toss, New England coach Bill Belichick decided to kick off the ball and chose which end zone to defend. He chose to keep the wind at his team’s back — a strategic choice given the 20+ mile-per-hour gusts that plagued Foxboro, Mass. Sunday night — but would give the Broncos the first shot to win the game.

Belichick’s gamble paid off, as both teams traded punts and the game seemed like it might end in overtime. On the final Patriots punt, the ball hit Denver’s Tony Carter and New England recovered, setting up the game-winning field goal. In the battle of the quarterbacks, Brady threw for 344 yards, while Manning had one of his worst games of the season, throwing for only 150 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

So when will the teams meet again, hopefully in an equally thrilling game for both fans and players? Well, the playoffs seems like a pretty sure bet.

[Sports Illustrated]


All I hear is how the Broncos collapsed, not how the Patriots played brilliantly. Fine; that's the way fans are, and Denver would probably have beaten any other team last night. It's become fashionable to diss the Patriots, and people who should know better just refuse to give Belichick and his team the credit due them. The anti-glam Patriots, like the NBA Spurs, just win and win some more, and Brady was simply sensational in the third quarter against a cold hard wind. Manning played okay, but the crippled Patriots defense rose up when it had to. Why is it so hard to give the Pats credit, because they win too often?


Re "Bill Belichick decided to kick off the ball and chose which end zone to defend"

No, he didn't.   He chose to defend the north goal.  You can't choose both.   Had the Patriots "decided to kick off the ball", the referee would then ask Denver which goal they wished to defend, whereupon Denver would have simply taken the wind.  

I just don't see why this seems to be so hard to understand.  The winner of a coin toss can choose exactly one of four things:

1. We will kick off.

2. We will receive.

3. We will defend the north goal (at Foxboro, which runs north-south)

4. We will defend the south goal.

(At the beginning of an NFL game, there is a 5th choice, "We will defer until the 2nd half").

That's it. You don't get to choose two, as your sentence implies.  Once NE chose to defend the north goal last night, Denver had the choice to either kick or receive. They chose to receive. They didn't have to.


"Patriots Stage Huge Comeback to Stomp Broncos in Overtime Game"

winning by 3 points isn't "stomping" you fuc*ing moron


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