Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 10/7/12

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after Laurence Maroney scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos 31-21 Sunday. It marked the ninth career win for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady against teams quarterbacked by Peyton Manning. Brady and the Patriots defeated the Broncos two times last season, including a slashing in the AFC playoffs last season. The Patriots held a 17-7 lead at halftime and scored two touchdowns within 18 seconds in the third quarter. Both teams quarterbacks put up impressive stats. Brady was 23-of-31 for 223 yards and a touchdown. Manning was 31-of-45 for 345 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos defense was no match for Patriots running-back Stevan Ridley who ran for 151 yards.
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