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Broncos outgun Patriots with overtime field goal

MATT Prater's 41-yard overtime field goal gave Denver a 20-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday and lifted the Broncos to an unbeaten 5-0 under rookie head coach Josh McDaniels.
The Broncos roared back from a 7-17 halftime deficit to level the score on Kyle Orton's 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the fourth quarter before Prater kicked his second field goal of the game 4:51 into the extra session.
Denver is now off to its best start since 1998 - when it won the Super Bowl.
"I am really proud of our team," said rookie coach McDaniels, a former New England assistant who was facing mentor Bill Belichick of the Patriots.
"We hung in there for four quarters and longer, kept playing and fighting, and made some adjustments in the second half that gave us a chance to kind of swing the game in our favor."
McDaniels, who coached with the Patriots for eight seasons, admitted beating New England was special but not just because he was going against Belichick.
"It was a little bit more special to me because I knew how hard it would be to beat them. They don't beat themselves," said McDaniels, who did a series of fist punches to the crowd after the victory.
The Broncos, celebrating their 50th anniversary as a team, had a 12-play, 98-yard drive to tie the score and never gave New England (3-2) possession of the ball in overtime.
Denver also had a 66-yard drive in the second half for Prater's first field goal, a 24 yarder.
"Those were two big-time drives in the second half," said a happy Orton. "Then the drive in overtime was great, and Prater nailed a great kick."
Orton threw for 330 yards, twice completing 11-yard passes to Marshall for touchdowns.
In other action, it was: Cowboys 26, Chiefs 20 OT; Falcons 45, 49ers 10; Cardinals 28, Texans 21; Seahawks 41, Jaguars 0; Bengals 17, Ravens 14; Eagles 33, Buccaneers 14; Steelers 28, Lions 20; Panthers 20, Redskins 17; Giants 44, Raiders 7; Vikings 38, Rams 10; Browns 6, Bills 3; and Colts 31, Titans 9.


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