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Pats philosophy of playing hard no matter the score pays off with comeback win over Broncos

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) stretches for extra yardage as he is brought down by Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard (52) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)The Associated Press

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    New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, center, is congratulated after his game-winning fieldgoal against the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL football game early Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)The Associated Press

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    New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes (55) knocks down Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)The Associated Press

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown in front of Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho (33) in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The Associated Press

The New England Patriots head into the soft part of their schedule after a stunning comeback win over the Denver Broncos.

The Patriots beat the NFL's top offense 34-31 in overtime after trailing 24-0 at halftime Sunday night.

Defensive end Chandler Jones says that no matter what the score, the Patriots just keep going. And he says that should be the motto for all teams.

The Patriots lost fumbles on their first three possessions then scored on their first five of the second half.

Defensive end Rob Ninkovich says that some recent games have been decided near the end so the Patriots keep fighting to pull out wins.

The Patriots (8-3) have five games left starting with the Houston Texans (2-9) on Sunday.

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