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The fourteenth rendition of the Brady vs. Manning duel was an instant classic, although Manning wasn't involved with as much of what transpired as usual.
A Von Miller fumble return for a score followed by a Knowshon Moreno touchdown and Matt Prater field goal got the Broncos out to a stunning 17-0 lead in Foxborough.
After a 10-yard touchdown catch by Jacob Tamme, Denver took a 24-0 lead into halftime.
Gillette Stadium was rendered silent.
Manning completed 8 of 14 passes for 61 yards in the first half.
In the final two quarters, Brady led a vintage, ferocious rally which supercharged the home crowd.
After a quick touchdown, a Moreno fumble led to another quick score, and suddenly, it was a manageable 10-point deficit for the Patriots.
A Brady to Rob Gronkowski touchdown made it a 24-21 score at the end of the third quarter, and a Manning interception to start the fourth allowed New England to take the lead just a few plays later.
Demaryius Thomas caught an 11-yard touchdown to tie the game at 31 with just over three minutes remaining, and the compelling battle went to overtime.
In the extra session, after the team's traded a few unsuccessful possessions, a muffed punt by the Broncos' Tony Carter put pinpoint kicker Stephen Gostkowski in chip-shot range.
Manning ended the game with a season-low 150 yards through the air, and Brady completed 34 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in the riveting comeback win.
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