Patriots 31, Broncos 21 Patriots defense holds the Broncos Unit crucial as Tom Brady and New England fend off Peyton Manning, Broncos ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF Chandler Jones signals that the Patriots have recovered after a 3d-quarter sack of Peyton Manning caused a fumble. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Tom Brady dove over the Broncos defense for a touchdown in the third quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Danny Woodhead broke out on this run in the second half. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Brandon Spikes (right) celebrated after stopping the Broncos' Willis McGahee. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Peyton Manning appeared glum late in the fourth quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Tom Brady was sacked by Von Miller. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Wes Welker looked for extra yardage after a reception in the second quarter. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Rob Ninkovich in the first quarter. jessica rinaldi/reuters Tom Brady took aim in the first quarter. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Peyton Manning scrambled for a first down in the opening quarter. jessica rinaldi/reuters Brady congratulated Wes Welker after Welker’s first-quarter touchdown. jim rogash/getty images John Elway was seen before the game. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff Tom Brady led the Patriots onto the field before the game.