BRONCOS 42, 49ERS 17

Peyton Manning sets NFL TD pass record as Broncos rout 49ers

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns against the 49ers on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

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Manning passed Brett Favre with his 509th TD pass, a strike to Demarius Thomas in the second quarter.

Danny Amendola’s first touchdown reception of the season gave the Patriots a victory over the Jets.

Patriots receiver Danny Amendola earns coach’s praise

The Patriots receiver’s improvisation on a broken play was key to securing a victory over Jets last week, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said.

The Philip Rivers for MVP campaign took a hit Sunday as he struggled in a loss to the Chiefs. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Christopher L. Gasper

All NFL contenders, like the Patriots, have flaws

Look around the NFL, everybody has a position of weakness or an area of execution that needs improvement, not just the Patriots.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman walked off the field after a loss in St. Louis dropped his team to 3-3.

Sean Leahy | NFL

Upsets reign in surprise-filled NFL Week 7

An unpredictable day like Sunday - when even the Seahawks lost to the Rams - makes you throw your assumptions out the window.

Patriots face stretch of defining games

New England’s next six games will likely determine whether they’re a true challenger in the NFL or not.

Tom Brady narrowly avoided a loss at home to Geno Smith and the Jets for the second year in a row.

Ben Volin | On football

Patriots were lucky to escape the Jets

This isn’t to be negative about the Patriots, because this was a good win given their circumstances. But the Jets gave them all they could handle.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.