FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady won his latest showdown with Peyton Manning, helped by a career-high 151 rushing yards from Stevan Ridley, and the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 31-21 on Sunday.
In the 13th meeting between the star quarterbacks, and the first since Manning left the Indianapolis Colts, Brady directed four scoring marches of at least 80 yards, and the Patriots rushed for 252 yards.
Brady improved to 9-4 against Manning, He completed 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Manning was 31 of 44 for 345 yards and three touchdowns, but he lost a fumble on a third-quarter sack. The fumble led to the 8-yard run from Ridley that put the Patriots (3-2) ahead 31-7 with about five minutes left in the third quarter.
Manning then threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Eric Decker and 5 yards to Brandon Stokley, but Denver (2-3) lost a fumble with 3:42 remaining.
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