Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - In a matchup of two of the game's marquee
quarterbacks, the New England Patriots' ground attack proved to be the
Second-year running back Stevan Ridley rushed for a career-high 151 yards and
one touchdown, helping New England beat the Denver Broncos, 31-21, at Gillette
A hiccup for Ridley on Sunday was a fumble he lost with 5:19 to play in the
fourth quarter. Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw three touchdown
passes to Tom Brady's one score through the air and outgained his New England
counterpart, 345-223, led his club into the red zone, looking to make it a
On 2nd-and-10 from the 14-yard line, Manning handed the ball off to Willis
McGahee and New England's Rob Ninkovich forced his second fumble of the game
to hinder the rally.
Brady completed a 9-yard pass to Wes Welker, the last of his game-high 13
receptions, on 3rd-and-3, and the Patriots ran out the clock. Welker finished
with 104 receiving yards and caught a TD pass.
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