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.
Following a Peyton Manning's fumble while being sacked by Rob Ninkovich, New England would add another score, with Stevan Ridley diving into the endzone just 18 seconds after the previous touchdown.
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.