Nothing looked out of place as Wes Welker recorded 104 yards and one touchdown as the New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 31-21.

The Patriots' defense came out with a bang after Peyton Manning aired out a 43-yard pass that was caught by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. As Thomas was running for the touchdown, Sterling Moore tackled him at the 10-yard line forcing a fumble and then recovering it and returning it for 14 yards.

Wes Welker finally got his first touchdown of the season with an eight-yard reception with 3:13 left in the first quarter giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead. Leading up to the touchdown Brady had seven completions, where five of them were targeted to Welker. The Patriots drove for 84 yards in 11 plays.

After a pass interference penalty was called on Devin McCourty for an intended touchdown pass for Eric Decker, Manning threw a one yard touchdown to Joel Dreessen to tie the game at 7-7 at 14:05 to start the second quarter.

Shane Vereen rushed for a one yard touchdown to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead over the Broncos.

With six seconds remaining in the second quarter, Gostkowski kicked a 23-yard field goal allowing the Patriots to leave the field leading 17-7.

With 5:00 remaining in the third quarter, Brady, just inches outside the end zone, stretched over the goal line and recorded his second rushing touchdown of the season. The Patriots extended the score 23-7.

Just seconds after the Brady touchdown, Rob Ninkovich sacked Manning resulting in a forced fumble which was then recovered by Vince Wilfork giving the Patriots another chance in the red zone. Stevan Ridley gave the Patriots a 31-7 lead after he rushed eight yards for the touchdown.

New England put up two touchdowns within 18 seconds.

Decker caught a two-yard touchdown pass as the Broncos tried to close the gap trailing 31-14. Denver moved the ball 90 yards prior to the touchdown in about 3:30.

At fourth down with five yards to the first down marker, Bill Belichick made a decision to not punt the ball resulting in a Brady sack and a forced fumble around the 50 yard line. Manning took to the field and brought Denver within 10 points after throwing a five-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stockley.

New England fumbled the ball at 5:27 left in the fourth quarter and gave Manning the opportunity to throw 28 yards to Thomas to get inside the red zone. Willis McGahee attempted to run the ball for a touchdown, however, Ninkovich knocked the ball out of his arms resulting in Jermaine Cunningham's fumble recovery.

The Patriots ran the ball to kill the clock in the last two minutes of the game.

Brady now has 37 consecutive games with a thrown touchdown.

Adrienne Carnovale 10/07/2012 07:41:00 PM Edit

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