Best of NFL: Brady leads Pats' huge comeback win

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Best of NFL: Brady leads Pats' huge comeback win
November 25, 2013, 12:30 am
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Tom Brady threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns as he led the Patriots to a 24-point comeback over the Broncos. (USA Today Images)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal for New England after a misplayed punt return by Denver, lifting the Patriots to a 34-31 overtime victory over the Broncos on Sunday night.

Denver's Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen's punt after it landed and Nate Ebner recovered for New England at the Broncos 13-yard line. After Tom Brady ran twice to line up the kick, Gostkowski connected for his 21st successful field goal attempt.

Brady threw for three touchdowns to lead the Patriots (8-3) back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to a 31-24 lead as New England scored on its first five possessions of the second half. Then Peyton Manning threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas for the Broncos (9-2), tying it at 31 (see full recap).

Chargers stun Chiefs in final minute
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Philip Rivers came through when the San Diego Chargers needed him the most.

The once-embattled quarterback threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, the final one a 26-yarder to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds remaining, to give the Chargers a 41-38 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and end a three-game losing streak.

The Chiefs had taken the lead when Alex Smith hit Dwayne Bowe for a go-ahead score with 1:22 left. But the Chargers (5-6) still had two timeouts, and they used both to quickly move downfield. Ajirotutu's TD in tight coverage was just his third catch of the season.

It also represented the eighth and final lead change in the game.

Smith threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, who dropped their second straight after a 9-0 start. They also lost top pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to injuries and now have to turn their attention to the Denver Broncos next week.

Jamaal Charles added 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Donnie Avery had four catches for 91 yards and a score as Kansas City produced its best point total of the season.

It still wasn't quite enough (see full recap).

Ravens get defensive in 19-3 win over Jets
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens finally ran into a team with more offensive problems than their own, and the result was a refreshing rout.

Joe Flacco threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones, Justin Tucker kicked four field goals and the Ravens shut down the sputtering offense of the New York Jets in a 19-3 victory Sunday.

The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (5-6) had lost four of five before bouncing back to beat New York (5-6) and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jones had four catches for 103 yards and returned five punts for 108 yards.

Baltimore won on the strength of its defense, however, as the Jets committed three turnovers and went 1 for 12 on third-down conversions. Rookie Geno Smith completed nine of 22 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions, both by Corey Graham.

New York had alternated wins and losses in its first 10 games, but the pattern ended here with its second straight defeat. Jets coach Rex Ryan, who helped run Baltimore's defense from 1999-2008, fell to 0-3 against his former team (see full recap).

Buccaneers beat Lions for third straight win
DETROIT -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning a miserable season into something a bit more positive.

They took advantage of Lions mistakes in a game with six lead changes Sunday to beat Detroit 24-21. Matthew Stafford's fourth interception went in and out of Calvin Johnson's hands inside the Tampa Bay 5 in the final minute, allowing the Bucs to hold on. Tampa Bay (3-8) has won three straight after losing its first eight, joining the 1978 St. Louis Cardinals as the only NFL team to do that.

Bucs rookie Mike Glennon avoided miscues. Glennon was 14 of 21 for 247 yards and threw two touchdowns to Tiquan Underwood, whose second score was an 85-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. Glennon had a season-high 138.4 quarterback rating.

The Lions (6-5) have lost two straight for the first time this season. They can blame five turnovers for throwing away a chance to improve their playoff positioning (see full recap).

Jaguars send Texans to ninth consecutive loss
HOUSTON -- In a matchup of the AFC's worst teams, the Houston Texans couldn't stop their skid Sunday.

Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown and the Jacksonville Jaguars extended the Texans' losing streak to a franchise-record nine games with a 13-6 victory.

The two-time AFC South champions haven't won since Sept. 15.

Jones-Drew's touchdown on Jacksonville's first drive put the Jaguars (2-9) on top, and they never trailed against an inept and ineffective Texans offense.

Josh Scobee kicked field goals of 30 and 53 yards to help the Jaguars win for the second time in three games.

Case Keenum had the worst performance in his five starts, throwing for just 169 yards with an interception.

Houston (2-9) was driving late when rookie Ryan Davis grabbed a one-handed interception off a deflection by Keshawn Martin to seal the win.

The Jaguars pushed their lead to 13-6 with Scobee's 53-yard field goal with about seven minutes remaining (see full recap).

Panthers rally to top Dolphins, win seventh in a row
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Make it seven wins in a row for the Carolina Panthers, and two consecutive late comebacks led by Cam Newton.

The Panthers quarterback converted a fourth-and-10 situation at his own 20 with a completion to keep alive the Panthers' final possession, and they went on to score a touchdown with 43 seconds left and beat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 on Sunday.

Newton hit Greg Olsen with a 1-yard pass for the winning score to cap a 12-play drive. Carolina also rallied past the New England Patriots with a late drive last Monday.

The Panthers (8-3) overcame a 16-3 first-half deficit to extend their longest winning streak since 2003. Miami (5-6) fell to 2-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and the Dolphins' bullying scandal began to mushroom.

Miami's Ryan Tannehill nearly connected with Mike Wallace for a 60-yard score in the final seconds, but the pass fell incomplete at the goal line. Tannehill and Wallace earlier teamed up for a 53-yard touchdown and a 57-yard completion to set up a field goal.

The Panthers trailed 16-13 when their winning drive began at their own 20 with 4:13 left. With no timeouts remaining, they went for it on fourth down, and Newton threaded a pass between two defenders to Steve Smith for a 19-yard gain.

Carolina then converted two third downs before Newton hit Olsen for the winning score (see full recap).