New England rallies from 24-point halftime deficit to beat Denver

FOXBORO, Mass. — Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime, capping the largest comeback in Patriots history and lifting New England to a 34-31 decision over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Broncos built a 24-0 halftime lead thanks in large part to a sloppy first half from the New England offense, but Tom Brady led the Patriots on five straight scoring drives to turn the deficit into a seven-point advantage. Peyton Manning responded with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring march that he capped with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, tying the game with 3:06 left in the regulation. Once in overtime, neither offense managed much until a fortuitous bounce on a New England punt set up the game-winning kick.

With just 3:11 left in the extra session, the Patriots punted the ball away, but the short kick caught a piece of Denver’s Tony Carter and Nate Ebner of the Patriots pounced on the loose ball at the Denver 13. Three plays later, Gostkowski sent his game-winning kick through the uprights to help New England (8-3) remain unbeaten at home this season.

Baltimore 19, NY Jets 3

BALTIMORE — On a windy Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, a kicker was the star of the game. Justin Tucker kicked four field goals as the Baltimore Ravens topped the offensively challenged New York Jets, 19-3. Joe Flacco completed 17-of-26 passes for 273 yards, 66 coming on a touchdown catch by Jacoby Jones that put Baltimore (5-6) up 16 late in the third quarter.

Flacco also threw a 60-yard pass to Torrey Smith. New York rookie Geno Smith struggled mightily, connecting only 9-of-22 passes and finishing with a paltry 127 yards and two interceptions.

Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 11

CLEVELAND — Ben Roethlisberger finished with 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 22-of-34 efficiency as the Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Cleveland Browns. Antonio Brown totaled 92 yards and a score on six catches, and Emmanuel Sanders also recorded a TD reception for the Steelers (5-6), winners of three straight heading into a Thanksgiving matchup at Baltimore. The Steelers and Ravens are among six teams tied for the final AFC wild card berth.

Tampa Bay 24, Detroit 21

DETROIT — The Tampa Bay defense had four interceptions and recovered a fumble as the Buccaneers took a 24-21 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Leonard Johnson returned one interception for a touchdown, and Johnthan Banks sealed the victory with a pick with Detroit in field goal range late in the game.

The Buccaneers (3-8) also blocked a punt, while Tiquan Underwood had two touchdown catches in Tampa Bay’s third straight win after losing its first eight games of the season.

Minnesota 26, Green Bay 26 (OT)

GREEN BAY — Trailing 23-7 early in the fourth quarter, the Green Bay Packers scored 16 successive points with former Seahawk Matt Flynn under center to send their game with Minnesota into overtime.

Mason Crosby and Blair Walsh each made field goals for their respective teams in the extra session, but neither team got much going on offense after that. It was the first tie in the NFL since Nov. 11, 2012, when the 49ers and Rams played to a 24-24 deadlock.

Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien early in the third quarter and completed 21-of-36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown for the Packers (5-5-1), who had lost three in a row. Christian Ponder connected on 21-of-30 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (2-8-1), who were coming off a 41-20 loss at Seattle last week. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 32 times for 146 yards and a score.

Jacksonville 13, Houston 6

HOUSTON — Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown to help the Jacksonville Jaguars to a victory over the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Case Keenum was 18-of-34 for 169 yards and an interception for the Texans (2-9), who have now lost nine straight following a 2-0 start.

San Diego 41, Kansas City 38

KANSAS CITY — Seyi Ajirotutu’s 26-yard touchdown catch with 24 seconds left gave the San Diego Chargers a 41-38 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ajirotutu beat Sean Smith to the left side of the end zone and caught Philip Rivers’ pass as he fell to the ground, representing the eighth combined lead change— including seven in the second half — between the AFC West rivals. It came after Dwayne Bowe’s 5-yard touchdown catch at the other end had given the Chiefs a 38-34 lead with 1:22 left. Rivers completed three straight passes of 12 yards or more on the game-winning 78-yard drive and delivered the winning strike one play after he was sacked for the first time. He threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Ladarius Green on a 60-yard score and Danny Woodhead on an 11-yarder.

Carolina 20, Miami 16

MIAMI — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers found a way to win again. Newton finished an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 43 seconds remaining, giving the Panthers over the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

Newton threw for 174 yards and ran for 51 yards with a score for the Panthers (8-3), who extended their winning streak to seven straight games. Carolina, which also won seven in a row in 2003, remained one game behind first-place New Orleans in the NFC South. Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter for Miami, but the Dolphins managed only a trio of field goals in the second quarter when they were dominating play and were shut out in the second half.

St. Louis 42, Chicago 21

ST. LOUIS — Benny Cunningham, Zac Stacy and Tavon Austin each tallied a rushing touchdown and the Rams accounted for 258 yards on the ground in their victory over the Chicago Bears.

Cunningham carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards, while Stacy added 87 yards on 12 totes for the Rams (5-6), who tallied 140 yards rushing in a 38-8 drubbing of the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago. Bradford’s backup, Kellen Clemens, completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. Josh McCown was 36-of-47 for 352 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown for Chicago (6-5).

Arizona 40, Indianapolis 11

Glendale, Ariz. Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer as the Arizona Cardinals used a 20-point second quarter to beat the Indianapolis Colts by a 40-11 margin.

Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving. Michael Floyd hauled in seven passes for 104 yards for the Cardinals (7-4), who have won four in a row. Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards for Arizona. Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 13 times for 54 yards and a score.

Tennessee 23, Oakland 19

OAKLAND — Ryan Fitzpatrick found Kendall Wright for a 10-yard touchdown in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter, lifting Tennessee to a 23-19 victory over Oakland on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick finished with 320 yards and another score to Justin Hunter on 30-of-42 completions for the Titans (5-6), who snapped a two-game slide. Hunter led all receivers with 109 yards on six catches, with Wright adding 103 yards on six grabs. Chris Johnson contributed 73 yards on 20 carries, and Rob Bironas made all of his three field-goal tries.

Matt McGloin completed 19-of-32 passes for 260 yards, one score and an interception for the Raiders (4-7), who have dropped three of four. Rod Streater compiled 93 yards on five catches, Marcel Reece was responsible for Oakland’s lone touchdown, and Sebastian Janikowski booted four field goals in defeat.

Dallas 24, NY Giants 21

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tony Romo engineered a late scoring drive culminating in Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a victory over the New York Giants in a key NFC East clash at a chilly MetLife Stadium.

Romo threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jason Witten earlier in the contest and finished with 250 yards and an interception on a 23-of-38 completion rate. His best work, however, came after taking over at his own 20 with 4:45 left to play and the Giants having scored 15 straight points to forge a 21-21 tie. Dez Bryant came up with three catches on the deciding series as part of a 9-reception, 102-yard effort, while safety Jeff Heath returned a fumble for a touchdown to help move Dallas (6-5) into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East and complete a season sweep of its division rival.

Eli Manning put up two touchdown passes of his own to rally New York (4-7) back from a 21-6 third-quarter deficit, but his team’s defense couldn’t hold down the stretch.


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