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Brady outduels Manning, throws for 4 TDs as Patriots win 5th straight, 43-21 over Broncos

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, reacts after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady, celebrating at center, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, reacts after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady, celebrating at center, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) congratulates quarterback Tom Brady, center, after the Patriots scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. Watching at left is backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) congratulates quarterback Tom Brady, center, after the Patriots scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. Watching at left is backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

Tom Brady outdueled Peyton Manning, throwing for four touchdowns, and Julian Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for a score in leading the New England Patriots past the Denver Broncos 43-21 Sunday.

The 16th matchup between the all-time great quarterbacks wasn't particularly competitive after the first quarter.

New England (7-2) won its fifth straight, halting the four-game winning streak for Denver (6-2) in emphatic fashion. Brady has 18 TD passes and one interception in those five victories.

Manning fell to 2-7 at Gillette Stadium and 5-11 overall against Brady, even though he threw for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He has at least two TD passes in 14 consecutive games, an NFL record.

In his 200th career start, Brady passed for 333 yards. He has won 155 of those, the most for any quarterback in that many starts.

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