FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —
Denver reached the New England 37-yard line on its second overtime series but punted rather than try a long field goal into the wind.
The Patriots then punted from their 43. The ball bounced and hit Tony Carter of the Broncos. Nate Ebner pounced on it for New England at the Denver 13 and Stephen Gostkowski kicked the winning 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime.
“Luckily,” Gostkowski said, “we had the wind behind our back on that last kick.”
They shouldn’t need any extra help next Sunday when they visit the Texans, losers of nine straight after winning their first two.
“You have to ride the momentum here of a great victory that we had last night and just continue to finish through here,” Ninkovich said. “We’re going to prepare like we always do and be ready to play the Texans tough.”
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