2013 New England Patriots season

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2013 New England Patriots season
Head coach Bill Belichick
Owner Robert Kraft
Home field Gillette Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 43–22
Lost AFC Championship (Broncos) 26–16
Timeline
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The 2013 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football league and the 54th overall.[1] The Patriots finished 12–4 and with the AFC's No. 2 seed for a second consecutive season. Along with their seeding, New England was awarded a first-round bye in the playoffs for the fourth season in a row, only the second such occurrence for any team since the league switched to a 6-team playoff format in 1990 (the others being the 1992-95 Dallas Cowboys). The Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 43–22 in the Divisional round of the playoffs, but lost in the AFC Championship game to the Denver Broncos, by a score of 26–16.

Roster changes[edit]

Free agency[edit]

Notable Departures

RB Danny Woodhead (free agent, San Diego Chargers),[2] WR Wes Welker (free agent, Denver Broncos),[3] WR Brandon Lloyd (released),[4] TE Aaron Hernandez (released),[5] G Donald Thomas (free agent, Indianapolis Colts) G Brian Waters (contract terminated), DE Trevor Scott (free agent), S Patrick Chung (free agent, Philadelphia Eagles), DT Kyle Love (released), DT Brandon Deaderick (released, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Notable Additions: QB Tim Tebow (free agent, later cut), RB LeGarrette Blount (trade), WR Danny Amendola (free agent), WR Michael Jenkins (free agent, later released), WR Donald Jones (free agent, released shortly before announcing his retirement), OT Will Svitek (free agent), DT Tommy Kelly (free agent), DT Armond Armstead (free agent/CFL), S Adrian Wilson (free agent. later placed on IR), KR/RB Leon Washington (free agent, later released, later re-signed), WR Austin Collie (free agent, later released, later re-signed).[citation needed]

2013 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft

The Patriots traded their fourth-round selection (No. 126 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for cornerback Aqib Talib and the Buccaneers' seventh-round selection (No. 226 overall). The Patriots traded their fifth-round selection (No. 162 overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for defensive end Albert Haynesworth, The Patriots also traded their sixth-round selection (No. 197 overall) and their 2012 fifth-round selection to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for wide receiver Chad Johnson. The Patriots traded their first-round selection (No. 29th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 59th, 91st, 229th, and 235th selections.[6] Then, New England proceeded to trade running back Jeff Demps and the second of their three picks in the seventh round (No. 229 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back LeGarrette Blount.[7]

For the second time in five seasons, the Patriots elected not to choose a player in the first round of the draft.

2013 New England Patriots Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
2 52 Jamie Collins Linebacker Southern Miss
59 Aaron Dobson Wide receiver Marshall
3 83 Logan Ryan Cornerback Rutgers
91 Duron Harmon Safety Rutgers
4 102 Josh Boyce Wide receiver TCU
7 226 Michael Buchanan Defensive end Illinois
235 Steve Beauharnais Linebacker Rutgers

Staff[edit]

2013 New England Patriots staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2013 New England Patriots final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:30 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Eagles W 31–22 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field WBZ Recap
2 August 16 8:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 25–21 2–0 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
3 August 22 7:30 p.m. EDT at Detroit Lions L 9–40 2–1 Ford Field WBZ Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. EDT New York Giants W 28–20 3–1 Gillette Stadium WBZ/NFLN Recap

Regular season[edit]

The Patriots' regular season schedule was announced on April 18, 2013.[8] For the first time since the 2002 season, the Patriots did not play the Indianapolis Colts during the regular season,[8] though the two teams met in the playoffs. The Colts–Patriots rivalry had become one of the most known in modern era sports.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 1:00 p.m. EDT at Buffalo Bills W 23–21 1–0 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 12 8:25 p.m. EDT New York Jets W 13–10 2–0 Gillette Stadium NFLN[A] Recap
3 September 22 1:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–3 3–0 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 29 8:30 p.m. EDT at Atlanta Falcons W 30–23 4–0 Georgia Dome NBC Recap
5 October 6 1:00 p.m. EDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 6–13 4–1 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 13 4:25 p.m. EDT New Orleans Saints W 30–27 5–1 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 20 1:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets L 27–30 (OT) 5–2 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 27 1:00 p.m. EDT Miami Dolphins W 27–17 6–2 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 3 4:25 p.m. EST Pittsburgh Steelers W 55–31 7–2 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 8:40 p.m. EST at Carolina Panthers L 20–24 7–3 Bank of America Stadium ESPN[A] Recap
12 November 24 8:30 p.m. EST Denver Broncos W 34–31 (OT) 8–3 Gillette Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 1 1:00 p.m. EST[B] at Houston Texans W 34–31 9–3 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 8 1:00 p.m. EST Cleveland Browns W 27–26 10–3 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 15 1:00 p.m. EST at Miami Dolphins L 20–24 10–4 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 22 4:25 p.m. EST[B] at Baltimore Ravens W 41–7 11–4 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
17 December 29 4:25 p.m. EST[B] Buffalo Bills W 34–20 12–4 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 11, 2014 8:15 p.m. EST Indianapolis Colts (4) W 43–22 1–0 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
AFC Championship January 19, 2014 3:00 p.m. EST at Denver Broncos (1) L 16–26 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week One: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 10 7 0 6 23
Bills 0 14 7 0 21

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter
  • Julian Edelman 9-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), 10:46. Patriots 7–0. Drive: 3 plays, 16 yards, 0:47.
  • Stephen Gostkowski 48-yard field goal, 4:47. Patriots 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 20 yards, 3:43.
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • Steve Johnson 18-yard pass from EJ Manuel (Dan Carpenter kick), 11:03. Bills 21–17. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 3:57.
Fourth quarter
  • Stephen Gostkowski 33-yard field goal, 10;48. Bills 21–20. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 3:29.
  • Stephen Gostkowski 35-yard field goal, 0:05. Patriots 23–21 Drive: 12 plays, 49 yards, 4:26.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NE – Danny Amendola: 10 REC, 104 YDS
  • BUF – Fred Jackson: 4 REC, 41 YDS
Top tacklers

In the season opener, both teams featured key new players to their franchises: the Bills' rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and the Patriots' new wide receiver Danny Amendola. Tom Brady struggled as the chemistry between him and his receivers was not great and as a result, Brady was inaccurate throughout the game. The Bills managed to take the lead in the 3rd quarter, but Brady mounted a masterful 4th quarter comeback by throwing quick, accurate passes to an injured Amendola to set up Gostowski for a game winning field goal. The Patriots began their season 1–0 for the 10th straight year.

Week 2: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Two: New York Jets at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 0 7 0 10
Patriots 10 3 0 0 13

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
  • NE- 12:54 Aaron Dobson 39-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 6 plays, 81 yards, 2:06. (NE 7-0)
  • NE- 9:17 Stephen Gostkowski 21-yard FG. Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:00. (NE 10-0)
  • NYJ- 4:01 Nick Folk 37-yard FG. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:16. (NE 10-3)
Second quarter
  • NE- 5:05 Stephen Gostkowski 30-yard FG. Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 1:27. (NE 13-3)
Third quarter
  • NYJ- 5:05 Bilal Powell 3-yard TD run, Nick Folk kick. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 5:00. (NE 13-10)
Fourth quarter

No scoring

Top passers
  • NYJ – Geno Smith: 15/35, 214 yards, 3 INT
  • NE – Tom Brady: 19/39, 185 yards, TD
Top rushers
  • NYJ – Chris Ivory: 12 carries, 52 yards
  • NE – Stevan Ridley: 16 carries, 40 yards
Top receivers
  • NYJ – Stephen Hill: 4 receptions, 86 yards
  • NE – Julian Edelman: 13 receptions, 78 yards
Top tacklers
  • NYJ – Antonio Allen: 5 tackles, 4 assists
  • NE – Dont'a Hightower: 4 tackles, 4 assists

The Patriots home opener featured the long-time division rival Jets and their new rookie quarterback Geno Smith. The Patriots struck first with Tom Brady hitting a wide open Aaron Dobson for a 39-yard touchdown pass, his first of the year. Because It rained heavily throughout the game, it resulted in poor offenses from both teams. Brady failed to complete at least 50% of his passes on the day. The lone bright spot on the Patriots offense was Julian Edelman, who caught 13 passes for 78 yards. After leading 13–3 at halftime, the Jets would try to rally with a touchdown, however the Pats' defense made a critical stop as the team improved to 2–0.

Week 3: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Three: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 0 0 0 3
Patriots 0 17 3 3 23

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TB –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • TB –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • TB –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • NE –

The Patriots rolled through the struggling Buccaneers to improve to 3–0. Although the Patriots struggled early, they finally flexed their muscles on offense with an equally as impressive show of force on defense. Kenbrell Thompkins scored his first two touchdowns of his career: a 16-yard touchdown reception, as well as a 5-yard touchdown reception. Running back Doug Martin could not reach the end zone for Tampa Bay and Josh Freeman could not lead the Buccaneers offense to a touchdown. Tampa Bay's starting quarterback Josh Freeman would be released in the week following the game.

Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Four: New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 10 3 17 30
Falcons 3 7 0 13 23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady – 20/31, 316 YDS, 2 TD
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 34/54, 421 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

In their first strong test of the season, the Patriots defeated Matt Ryan and the Falcons in a close battle to go 4–0. The Falcons got on the scoreboard first with a 23-yard field goal by kick Matt Bryant. The Patriots responded with quarterback Tom Brady throwing a tight pass to Tight end Mathew Mulligan to take a 7-3 lead. Later in the quarter, Steven Gostowski added to the lead by booting a 48-yard field goal. Right before half-time, Quarterback Matt Ryan drove his team down the field eventually finding Tight end Tony González for a 21-yard touchdown and which tied the game at 10. The game seemed to be over early in the fourth quarter, after the Patriots increased their lead to 30–13, but Ryan made it interesting with a late touchdown and field goal. On their last drive with the clock winding down, the Falcons were in the red zone but the Patriots defense prevented a score thanks to a 4th down pass breakup by Aqib Talib.

Week 5: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Five: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 0 3 6
Bengals 0 3 3 7 13

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 64,259
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • CIN –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • CIN –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • CIN –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • CIN –

The Patriots first loss of the season came in Cincinnati, as the Patriots struggled to gain any offense against a great Bengals defense. Brady's consecutive games with a TD pass streak ended at 52, two games short of Drew Brees' record, against the same team which he had started the streak in 2010. From start to finish the Bengals defensive line led by Geno Atkins made mince meat of the Patriots offensive line. Brady was hit and sacked early and often on the day. Both teams' defenses played extremely well in the day. On the Patriots final drive, Brady led the Pats to the Cincinnati 27 yard line before throwing a final fade in a gargantuan downpour. The ball was wet, wobbly, inaccurate, and intercepted.

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Six: New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 0 10 10 27
Patriots 3 14 3 10 30

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • NE –

In a thrilling back and forth affair, the Patriots managed a sensational comeback against the undefeated Saints. The Patriots offense looked much improved after the devastating week 5 loss to the Bengals. Although the passing game was fluid and the running game was exceptional, the pass protection was horrendous. Brady was sacked multiple times on the day, irking him and his 36 year old body. Nevertheless, the Patriots matched blow for blow with the Saints and even managed to negate a single reception coming towards Jimmy Graham. After Brady threw a seemingly game deciding interception near the 2 minute mark, the Patriots defense managed to hold the Saints to a 3-and-out. Brady got the ball back with about a minute remaining and no timeouts, and mounted his 39th career game-winning drive, throwing a magnificent touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining on the clock. The win (his 28th comeback win and 40th game-winning 4th quarter drive) was also his first in four tries against a Drew Brees-quarterbacked team.

Later that night, the Boston Red Sox managed a sensational comeback of their own. In Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS, playing at Fenway Park, the Red Sox were trailing the Detroit Tigers by a score of 5–1 in the bottom of the 8th inning. With the bases loaded, David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie the game at 5. The Red Sox would complete the comeback with a game winning single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the 9th. The dual-victory was renowned as one of the most spectacular Boston sports moments in history; ten years earlier a similarly spectacular Boston sports day occurred on October 5, 2003 when the Red Sox rallied to win Game 4 of the 2003 ALDS at exactly the same time the Patriots defeated the Titans, with crowd reaction at Gillette Stadium erupting to Red Sox scores simultaneously occurring amid Titans scoring drives.

Week 7: at New York Jets[edit]

Week Seven: New England Patriots at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Patriots 14 7 0 6 0 27
Jets 7 3 17 0 3 30

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 76,957
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –

After a strong start by the Patriots in the first game back for star tight end Rob Gronkowski (8 catches 114 yards), the Jets battled back and lead 27–24 in the 4th quarter. Brady led a drive that would result in a game tying field goal with 16 seconds left to send the game to overtime. The Patriots received the ball first but failed to score. The Jets then pushed down the field but was halted by the Patriots defense and was forced to attempt a 56 yd field goal, which missed. However, on the play, a controversial unsportsmanlike penalty was called on New England's Chris Jones for pushing his teammate into the offensive line, giving the Jets 15 yds and a first down. Nick Folk's second attempt at 42 yds didn't miss and the Jets won their first game against New England in three years.

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 10 0 0 17
Patriots 0 3 17 7 27

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NE –

Miami dominated the first half, scoring 17 points as the Patriots looked ugly, struggling to gain any offense except for a field goal. Brady threw for only 25 yards in the first half (his fewest since 2003) to complement his interception. It looked dangerously like New England would lose back to back division games for the first time since 2002. But, the second half proved better, as Brady and the Patriots came out strong and scored 24 unanswered to win 27–17, thanks to a few crucial Miami turnovers.

Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Nine: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 10 14 7 31
Patriots 7 17 3 28 55

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), partly cloudy, cool and windy
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

New England posted its biggest single-game offensive output of the season to date, and the third highest in team history (630 yards) as the Patriots offense finally clicked in what amounted to a blowout win over the struggling Steelers. Brady threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns, while Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski combined for 395 yards and four touchdowns. Stevan Ridley also had over 100 yds rushing and two touchdowns despite a third-quarter fumble. Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 400 yds and 4 TD's as well, made it a close game early in the 3rd, coming out of the half to score two unanswered touchdowns to tie the game at 24. But New England's defense took advantage of Pittsburgh turnovers and the Patriots offense remained productive, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the blowout win. The 55 points was the most scored against the Steelers in team history.

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Eleven: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 7 10 20
Panthers 7 3 7 7 24

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • CAR –

The Patriots and Panthers battled back and forth on an exciting edition of Monday Night Football. Carolina's stout defense held the Patriots to only a field goal in the first half, going to the locker room up 10—3, but Brady led New England back and tied to game on the opening drive of the second half. After trading touchdowns, New England managed a stop and took a 20—17 lead with around 6 minutes left in the game. However, Cam Newton led the Panthers down the field and retook the lead at 24—20 with only :58 seconds left. Using their three timeouts remaining, Brady got the ball to the Panther's 22 yard line with :03 seconds left and attempted a game winning TD pass to Rob Gronkowski, but was intercepted in the end zone. However, on the final play of the game, yet another controversial call by the referees decided the outcome of the game, as the Panther's Luke Kuechly was called for pass interference on Gronkowski, but the flag was picked up and announced there was no foul, resulting in end of the game. The official ruling on the field was that Kuechly had interfered with Gronkowski, but because the ball was under-thrown and intercepted, the ball was ruled uncatchable, thus nullifying the foul.[9] However, after the game ended, media sources debated the ruling on the field, and it was the opinion of many that the call was incorrect and the Patriots were robbed of a chance to win the game.[10][11]

Week 12: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Twelve: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Broncos 17 7 0 7 0 31
Patriots 0 0 21 10 3 34

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 22 °F (−6 °C), clear, windy and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentator) and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 9:54 Von Miller 60-yard fumble return for a TD, Matt Prater kick. (DEN 7–0)
  • DEN – 8:54 Knowshon Moreno 2-yard TD run, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 2 plays, 10 yards, 0:28. (DEN 14–0)
  • DEN – 2:57 Matt Prater 27-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 35 yards, 4:29. (DEN 17–0)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 6:10 Jacob Tamme 10-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:28. (DEN 24–0)
Third quarter
  • NE – 11:21 Julian Edelman 5-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:39. (DEN 24–7)
  • NE – 5:40 Brandon Bolden 1-yard TD run, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 6 plays, 32 yards, 2:39. (DEN 24–14)
  • NE – 0:19 Rob Gronkowski 6-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards, 1:42. (DEN 24–21)
Fourth quarter
  • NE – 13:13 Julian Edelman 14-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 3 plays, 30 yards, 1:19. (NE 28–24)
  • NE – 7:37 Stephen Gostkowski 31-yard FG. Drive: 12 plays, 34 yards, 4:45. (NE 31–24)
  • DEN – 3:06 Demaryius Thomas 11-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:31. (tied 31–31)
Overtime
  • NE – 1:56 Stephen Gostkowski 31-yard FG. Drive: 3 plays, 1:05. (NE 34–31)
Top passers
  • DEN – Peyton Manning: 19/36, 150 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • NE – Tom Brady: 34/50, 344 yards, 3 TD
Top rushers
  • DEN – Knowshon Moreno: 37 rushes, 224 yards, 1 TD
  • NE – Brandon Bolden: 13 rushes, 58 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • DEN – Jacob Tamme: 5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD
  • NE – Julian Edelman: 9 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TD
Top tacklers

In the 14th installment of the Brady-Manning Rivalry, the Patriots and Broncos battled in one of the most exciting editions of NBC Sunday Night Football in recent memory. The expected shootout between two potent offenses did not occur at the start of the game, as three New England turnovers on their first three drives of the game gave the Broncos a 17–0 lead in the 1st quarter. It was looking to be one of the most embarrassing performances in Patriot history as an additional touchdown gave Manning and the Broncos a 24–0 at the half. However, Brady and the Patriots were not going to let the Broncos run away with a blowout victory at Gillette. They regrouped in the locker room and came out to score 31 unanswered points, scoring on five straight drives out of the half, helped by three Denver turnovers of their own. The two halves were complete polar opposites, each displaying offensive domination on one side and defensive struggles on the other, flipping 180˚ at the half. However, the Broncos managed to tie the game at 31 late in the 4th, eventually sending the game to overtime.

The Patriots won the coin toss, but surprisingly elected to defend first, hoping to stop the Broncos from scoring and to take advantage of the wind for a potential game winning field goal. This was exactly what happened, as the two teams traded punts twice, but on New England's second punt, Broncos cornerback Tony Carter ran into the punt, and Patriots' Nate Ebner recovered the ball on the Broncos' 20 yard line, setting up Gostkowski's game winning 31 yard field goal. The 24 point deficit was the largest comeback in Brady's and the Patriots' history, and gave Brady his 10th win in 14 meetings over Manning-led teams. Brady threw for 344 yard and 3 TD's in the contest, and WR Julian Edelman had a career day with 110 receiving yards for two scores.

The win from down 24 points was the largest comeback win in Patriots history, surpassing 1984's comeback from down 23–0 against the Seahawks.

Week 13: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Thirteen: New England Patriots at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 0 14 13 34
Texans 10 7 7 7 31

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST[B]
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), mostly cloudy (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 71,769
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) and Dan Dierdorf (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • HOU –

New England escaped Houston with a win as the Patriots and the Texans battled in a closely fought game a week after coming back to win against the Denver Broncos. Houston opened up the game by scoring 10 points in the 1st quarter as the Patriots continued their trend of falling behind early. New England answered with a touchdown but gave up another score to go into the half down 7–17. Again continuing a trend, Brady and the Pats came out of the locker room hot, scoring on five straight possessions to eventually take a 34–31 lead late in the 4th. The Patriots were down 31–28 but kicker Stephen Gostkowski scored the final 6 go-ahead points on two 53 yard field goals. Houston had the ball with 0:21 left on the clock but failed to move the ball down to field goal range and ran out of time. The win marks the 9th on the year for the Patriots, ensuring their 13th winning season in a row, and ended a 3 game road losing streak. The loss puts the Texans at 2–10, easily their worst season in recent memory.

This marked the Patriots' only game outside of the Eastern Time Zone during the 2013 regular season (the Patriots would go on to play the AFC Championship Game in the Mountain Time Zone at Denver).

Week 14: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Fourteen: Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 13 7 26
Patriots 0 0 11 16 27

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 8
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 30 °F (−1 °C), cloudy and cold
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Don Criqui (play-by-play) and Steve Tasker (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
  • CLE (9:23) – Billy Cundiff 43 yd field goal
    Browns 3, Patriots 0 Drive: 10 plays, 47 yds, 5:42
Second quarter
  • CLE (14:50) – Billy Cundiff 37 yd field goal
    Browns 6, Patriots 0 Drive: 9 plays, 37 yds, 3:46
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • NE (5:43) – Stephen Gostkowski 50 yd field goal
    Browns 19, Patriots 14 Drive: 12 plays, 49 yds, 5:48
  • CLE (2:39) – Jordan Cameron 4 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Billy Cundiff kick)
    Browns 26, Patriots 14 Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 3:04
  • NE (1:01) – Julian Edelman 2 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick)
    Browns 26, Patriots 21 Drive: 11 plays, 82 yds, 1:38
  • NE (0:31) – Danny Amendola 1 yd pass from (Tom Brady) (run failed)
    Patriots 27, Browns 26 Drive: 2 plays, 40 yds, 0:30
Top passers
  • CLE – Jason Campbell – 29/44, 391 yds, 3 TD
  • NE – Tom Brady – 32/52, 418 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • CLE – Josh Gordon – 7 rec, 151 yds, 1 TD
  • NE – Shane Vereen – 12 rec, 153 yds
Top tacklers

The Patriots won their third straight come-from-behind victory on a thrilling finish in Foxboro. After being shutout in the 1st half for the second time this season, New England found themselves down 26–14 with less than three minutes left in the game. Tom Brady lead a touchdown scoring drive to put them within five points with 61 seconds remaining. The Patriots successfully recovered their onside kick attempt for the first time in team history since 1995, also against the Browns, who ironically were coached by Bill Belichick that year. On the ensuing New England drive, the Browns took a pass interference penalty in the endzone to give the Patriots a 1st and goal. New England took the 27–26 lead on a 1 yard pass by Brady to Amendola with 31 seconds left. After failing to convert on the 2 point play, the Browns attempted to get into field goal range for the win. With 1 second remaining, Billy Cundiff attempted a 58 yard field goal but fell short of the uprights, giving the Patriots their 10th win of the season, and their 11th straight 10 win season.[12]

Week 15: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Fifteen: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 7 0 10 20
Dolphins 0 7 3 14 24

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 84 °F (29 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,863
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • MIA –

The Patriots lost their comeback magic, as they failed to beat the Dolphins in which would have been their 4th straight comeback victory. After New England took the 20–17 lead in the 4th quarter, Miami scored the game winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining to take a 24–20 lead. Brady led the Patriots to the Miami 12 yard line with less than 20 seconds remaining, but failed to complete four straight passes into the endzone. The first attempt was almost completed by Danny Amendola, but was dropped, the third attempt to Michael Hoomanawanui had what looked like passing interference, but was not called, and the final, 4th down attempt was intercepted to seal the win for the Dolphins. Miami's victory was their first over the Patriots since 2009, having lost the last seven games in the division rivalry.

Week 16: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Sixteen: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 3 3 21 41
Ravens 0 0 0 7 7

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST[B]
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,433
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Phil Simms (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady (14–26, 172 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (22–38, 260 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Before the start of the game, the Patriots clinched the AFC East for the 5th straight year with Miami's 0–19 loss to Buffalo.

The Patriots played arguably their best all-around game of the year in a 41–7 domination of the Ravens. New England's defense was superb, forcing three fourth down turnovers, three interceptions and a missed field goal, while only allowing one touchdown as Joe Flacco struggled while playing with an MCL sprain. Brady led the Patriots to an early 14–0 lead and never looked back. After New England took a 27–7 lead late in the 4th quarter, Baltimore gave up two defensive scores in the final two minutes to lose by 34 points, the largest losing margin the Ravens have ever had at home.

Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Seventeen: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 3 0 7 10 20
Patriots 6 10 0 18 34

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST[B]
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (color commentator)
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NE –

The Patriots earned their 4th straight first round bye and the AFC's second seed with a 34–20 win over the Bills in the 108th meeting of the rivalry. New England dominated the first half, taking a 16–3 lead into the locker room. Buffalo would score 17 points to keep it a close contest but could not overcome the Patriots defense enough to take the lead, as New England forced three fourth down turnovers for the second straight week. Julian Edelman became the 3rd player in New England history to make 100 receptions for 1,000 yards on the season. Stephen Gostkowski broke his own team record for field goals made by kicking his 38th of the year. The story of the game though was Legarrette Blount, who had a career day, rushing for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and added 145 yards on two kickoff returns for a total of 334 all purpose yards on the day.[citation needed]

Postseason[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: vs. #4 Indianapolis Colts[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: #4 Indianapolis Colts at #2 New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 7 5 10 0 22
Patriots 14 7 8 14 43

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NE  - Legarrette Blount 2-yard run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick), 10:58. Patriots 21-7. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yds, 6:28
  • IND  - Adam Vinatieri 36-yard Field Goal, 5:40. Patriots 21-10. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 5:19
  • IND  - Ryan Allen fumbles out of end zone for a safety, 2:28. Patriots 21-12. Drive: 6 plays, -25 yds, 3:17
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • NE –

The Patriots punched their ticket to their 3rd straight AFC Championship game in a 43–22 dominating victory over the rival Colts. In the week leading up to the AFC Division round matchup, the Patriots made their gameplan clear, intending to take advantage of the Colt's questionable run defense by using a healthy dose of their three threats out of the backfield: Legarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. This gameplan proved to be extremely effective, as New England scored six touchdowns on the ground, with Blount setting a franchise postseason record by scoring four of the six TD's. The three backs combined for 235 yards rushing, 166 coming from Blount alone, also a franchise postseason record. The Patriot defense was exemplary, picking off Andrew Luck four times, sacking him three times and relatively shutting down star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for the majority of the game, although he did finish with 103 yards on four receptions.

AFC Championship: at #1 Denver Broncos[edit]

AFC Championship: (#2) New England Patriots at (#1) Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 0 13 16
Broncos 3 10 7 6 26

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – 3:43 Matt Prater 27-yard FG. Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards, 4:07. (DEN 3–0)
Second quarter
  • DEN – 7:50 Jacob Tamme 1-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 15 plays, 93 yards, 7:01. (DEN 10–0)
  • NE – 2:54 Stephen Gostkowski 47-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:56. (DEN 10–3)
  • DEN – 0:25 Matt Prater 35-yard FG. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 2:29. (DEN 13–3)
Third quarter
  • DEN – 7:52 Demaryius Thomas 3-yard TD pass from Peyton Manning, Matt Prater kick. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:08. (DEN 20–3)
Fourth quarter
  • DEN – 12:02 Matt Prater 19-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 5:23. (DEN 23–3)
  • NE – 9:26 Julian Edelman 7-yard TD pass from Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski kick. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 2:36. (DEN 23–10)
  • DEN – 7:00 Matt Prater 54-yard FG. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:26. (DEN 26–10)
  • NE – 3:07 Tom Brady 5-yard TD run, two-point run failed. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 3:53. (DEN 26–16)
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady: 24/38, 277 yards, 1 TD, 1 rushing TD
  • DEN – Peyton Manning: 32/43, 400 yards, 2 TD
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NE – Julian Edelman: 10 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas: 7 receptions, 134 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Patriots became the first team to lose consecutive AFC championship games since the New York Jets in 2009 and 2010.

Final standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 W2
New York Jets 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 W2
Miami Dolphins 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 L2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 L1

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 *Denver Broncos (1) West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 zNew England Patriots (2) East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] yCincinnati Bengals (3) North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 yIndianapolis Colts (4) South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 wKansas City Chiefs (5) West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 wSan Diego Chargers (6) West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Legend
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Simulcast on WCVB-TV.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Indicates that the kickoff time was changed as a result of flexible scheduling.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Patriots Release Tight End Aaron Hernandez". New England Patriots. June 26, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
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  9. ^ Official Ruling MNF
  10. ^ MNF Non-Call Incorrect
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  14. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 

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