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Patriots 31, Broncos 21

Patriots defense holds the Broncos

Unit crucial as Tom Brady and New England fend off Peyton Manning, Broncos

FOXBOROUGH — The 13th meeting between future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Peyton Manning received plenty of hype over the past week, even as both men did their best to downplay the quarterback-vs.-quarterback story line.

The last five times the two had been on opposite sidelines in the same stadium, the result was always within 7 points or fewer.

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