5 Things We Learned About the Patriots After Week 12 Win over Broncos

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5 Things We Learned About the Patriots After Week 12 Win over Broncos
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

It isn't often when the most anticipated game of the year goes beyond the spectrum of what anyone saw coming. But that's what happened on a brutally cold and windy Sunday night in Foxboro. 

In a nutshell, here's what happened. Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the first half. The Patriots dismantled the Broncos in the second half.

The game went into overtime, and that's when the game really began.

Each quarterback had two possessions in extra time, with each of their squads taking the other's best slugs in the jaw. Ultimately, it came down to big defensive stops, a peculiar coaching decision, a major gaffe on special teams and the will and mental toughness of the quarterbacks in question.

Here are five things we learned about the Patriots from their gritty 31-34 overtime victory over the Broncos on Sunday night.

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