Down by 12 with less than 70 seconds left, Patriots win

Down by 12 with less than 70 seconds left, Patriots win
December 8, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Tom Brady completed 32 of 52 passes for 418 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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FOXBORO -- You'd think a potential season-ending injury to Rob Gronkowski would cast a shadow over anything that happened in Sunday's Patriots-Browns game.

You'd think.

And then Tom Brady stepped forward.

The loss of Gronk -- who was carted off the field in the third quarter with what appears to be a serious leg injury -- may prove to the blow from which the 2013 Patriots can't recover. But on this day, somehow, he became an afterthought, at least for a little while.

How, you ask? By Brady leading the Patriots -- who fell behind on the Browns' first possession and trailed every step of the way -- to two touchdowns in the final 64 seconds, erasing a 26-14 deficit and giving them an incredible 27-26 victory over Cleveland.

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