No room for error, Pats pull off rally

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Nearly everything had to go right for Tom Brady and the Patriots to pull off their latest comeback.

Just about everything did.

Brady passed for two touchdowns and the Browns committed two penalties in the final 61 seconds as the Patriots stormed to a 27-26 victory Sunday.

"That was awesome," Brady said, "pretty sweet."

New England fell behind 19-3 when Jason Campbell connected with Josh Gordon for an 80-yard touchdown late in the third. Campbell's third scoring pass of the day, a 4-yarder to tight end Jordan Cameron with 2:39 left in the game, made it 26-14.

Then Brady engineered the comeback that kept the Patriots in front in the race for the No. 2 playoff seed in the AFC. Had New England lost, Cincinnati would have moved into the second spot.

"How many times has he done that in his career?" Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said after his team's seventh loss in eight games. "We had our opportunity."

Brady threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Julian Edelman with 1:01 left and a 1-yarder to Danny Amendola with 31 seconds left.

The Browns' Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal on the final play.

"We had to make just about every play that we made at the end," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said, "and, fortunately, we did."

The Patriots trailed at halftime for the fourth consecutive game and have won three of them. They cut the deficit to 26-21 on Edelman's touchdown. A 15-yard penalty against the Browns for unnecessary roughness allowed the Patriots to kick off from the 50, and Kyle Arrington recovered the onside kick at the Cleveland 40. Cleveland's Fozzy Whitaker couldn't control, the ball.

"The ball's cold, so (it's) a little slippery for a guy," Arrington said. "Fortunately, it hit one of their guys first, and I was just able to jump on it."


No room for error, Pats pull off rally 12/08/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 8, 2013 9:46pm]

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