For the third straight week, the New England Patriots overcame a halftime deficit to emerge with another win, even after Rob Gronkowski exited in the third quarter with what is feared to be a torn ACL. This time the Patriots escaped by beating the Cleveland Browns 27-26 on a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 31 seconds remaining.
After a failed Patriots two-point conversion, the Browns had one last chance to get within field goal range and steal the game back from New England. Jason Campbell threw for 40 yards before killing the clock with one second left to set up Billy Cundiff for a 58-yard field goal, but the game winning attempt fell well short to give the Patriots a surprising difficult, come-from-behind win.
The Patriots are now 10-3, a game ahead of the Cincinatti Bengals for the second seed in the AFC. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins both won as well this week, so New England will have to wait another week to officially clinch the AFC East division title.