Brady leads Patriots to 16-3 win over Broncos (The Associated Press)

Tom Brady overcame a slow start to lead the New England Patriots to a rare win in Denver on Sunday, a 16-3 grinder that dealt a crushing blow to the Broncos’ playoff hopes. Brady missed his first six passes for just the second time his career – the first was way back on Oct. 12, 2003, against the Giants – but he came back to lead the Patriots (12-2) to a record eighth consecutive division title and a first-round bye. Brady returned to the site of his worst beating, a 20-18 loss in the AFC championship 11 months ago when he was hit a career-high 23 times.