The Patriots used a 1-yard touchdown run by Tom Brady to extend their lead to three scores, after the Broncos were unable to stop the Patriots on a third-and-17 play earlier in the drive. Danny Woodhead took advantage of a Broncos defense that was clearly expecting the pass, and rushed for 19 yards to move the chains. That was a huge play for New England, extending the possession and getting into Denver territory in the process.
Denver went most of the quarter without a first down, but finally got one with just over four minutes remaining. That kickstarted the offense a bit, as Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas for gains of 20 and 38 yards, setting up a 7-yard scoring pass to Eric Decker.