The New England Patriots held serve at Gillette Stadium against the Denver Broncos, winning the game by a score of 31-21.
Peyton Manning did all he could for the Broncos, passing for 345 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he couldn't do anything to stop the burgeoning run game of the Pats.
As it was last week for the Patriots, the team had a monster game on the ground, rushing for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Stevan Ridley was the star of this game, carrying the ball 28 times for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Tom Brady didn't have to do much in the passing game, but his efficient handling of the offense kept the chains moving. The Pats converted 11 of their 17 third downs.
Wes Welker was Brady's favorite target when he did throw, catching 13 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown.
The Broncos turned the ball over three times, as Willis McGahee, Demaryius Thomas and Manning coughed up one fumble apiece.
A bright spot for the Broncos on defense: Von Miller sacked Brady twice.
The Broncos fell to 2-3 on the season and will travel to face divisional rivals the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 6, while the Patriots improved to 3-2 and will travel to the Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks.
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