Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday night’s 34-31 overtime victory over the Broncos.

The Patriots trailed 24-0 at the midway point but rallied in the second half, then capitalized on a Broncos turnover late in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal.

“It was a great win,” Brady said. “Anyone couldn’t really have expected the way that one would go. It was pretty sweet.

FOXBORO -- As late Sunday night gave way to early Monday morning in a raucous Patriots locker room, Devin McCourty had a simple explanation as to how the Patriots pulled off the most ridiculous comeback win in recent franchise history.



FOXBORO — More than a few onlookers were scratching their heads when Bill Belichick won the coin toss to start overtime and actually chose to give the ball to the most potent offense in football.

Now, this is certainly no surprise to start a game as Belichick has often chosen to defer to the second half to start a game. But when you’re talking about giving it to Peyton Manning when a touchdown would end the game, it’s a gamble.

FOXBORO — The fumble crisis is getting out of control for Stevan Ridley. He knows full well he has to find a way to stop fumbling – and soon – if he wants to hold onto his job as lead running back with the Patriots. He admitted as much after his latest calamity Sunday night.

FOXBORO – After 72 minutes and 62 points in another instant classic between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, it appeared the Patriots and Broncos were going to play to the dreaded tie.

FOXBORO — A furious second-half comeback by the Patriots — capped off by a 31-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with 2:21 left in overtime — allowed New England to pull off the 34-31 win over the Broncos Sunday night at a chilly Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is active and will play Sunday night against the Broncos after reportedly having a minor procedure on his knee. Also active for the Patriots is Aqib Talib, who is nursing a sore hip.

For the Broncos, the biggest news concerns tight end Julius Thomas, who is inactive with a knee injury. Thomas has become one of Peyton Manning’s biggest targets in the passing game, with 45 catches for 590 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns.

FOXBORO — The 14th edition of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady may very well come down to which quarterback can handle the brutal and hostile conditions throughout the night at Gillette Stadium.

The temperature at kickoff is expected to be 20 degrees but with winds howling out of the north at 25 MPH, wind chills will hover around 2 degrees for most of the night. The wind will be blowing in from the open (north) end of the stadium and could factor heavily into not only the passing game but the kicking game as well.

FOXBORO — Hours before their showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos at Gillette Stadium, another defensive starter’s availability is in question.

The Patriots Sunday morning downgraded linebacker Brandon Spikes to “questionable” from “probable” with a knee injury. The designation means his probability of playing has officially gone from 75 percent to 50-50.

FOXBORO — The Patriots apparently don’t want to be caught short in the secondary against Peyton Manning.

In an effort to increase their depth in light of injuries to Aqib Talib, Steve Gregory and Alfonzo Dennard, the Patriots promotion Justin Green from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room, the team released veteran kick returner Leon Washington.

Saturday’s move was first reported by Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com.