Brady wins 200th game, Chiefs rally past Bron­cos in OT

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LOS AN­GE­LES: The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots squeezed past the New York Jets to give Tom Brady his 200th win on Sun­day, and Cairo San­tos' kicked a 34-yard field goal with no time left as Kansas City stunned Denver.

Brady threw an eight-yard touch­down pass to Mal­colm Mitchell with 1:56 re­main­ing as the Pa­tri­ots ral­lied from an early 10-point deficit to edge the Jets 22-17.

Brady com­pleted 30-of-40 passes for 286 yards, and be­came the fifth quar­ter­back ever to sur­pass 60,000 pass­ing yards with an 18-yard com­ple­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter to Ju­lian Edel­man.

He also earned his 200th ca­reer win, which ties him with the re­tired all-star Pey­ton Man­ning for the record by a quar­ter­back.

The Pa­tri­ots im­proved to 9-2 on the sea­son and clinched their 16th straight win­ning sea­son, the long­est such stretch in the NFL since the Dal­las Cow­boys had 20 straight from 1966 to 1985.

The Pa­tri­ots all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski left the game in the first quar­ter due to a back in­jury and did not re­turn.

Mitchell and Brady also joined forces for a four-yard score in the sec­ond quar­ter, while kicker Stephen Gostkowski booted three field goals.

NFL kick­ers earned their keep on Sun­day, and no one did it more dra­mat­i­cally than Kansas City, who beat the Bron­cos 30-27 in over­time on San­tos’ field goal with no time re­main­ing.

San­tos’ sec­ond field goal of the over­time pin­balled off the left up­right and stayed in as the Chiefs gave their play­off hopes a huge boost.

Quar­ter­back Alex Smith twice drove the Chiefs to within field-goal range in over­time and en­gi­neered the game-ty­ing touch­down drive and two-point con­ver­sion in the fi­nal mo­ments of reg­u­la­tion.

“None of these are gimmes, es­pe­cially in a sit­u­a­tion like that. It has been windy all night. I am just thank­ful it went through,” said Smith.

The Chiefs over­came a three-touch­down per­for­mance by Bron­cos quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian, in­clud­ing two scores in the fourth quar­ter, the last com­ing with three min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion.

The win gives the Chiefs an ad­van­tage on Denver in the race for a play­off spot. Kansas City took over sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place and re­mains one game be­hind the AFC Westlead­ing Oakland Raiders with five games on the sea­son.

Denver at­tempted a 62-yard field goal in over­time that was well short, giv­ing the Chiefs a fi­nal chance.

Kansas City took over at the Denver 48 with just over minute re­main­ing in the over­time. Smith quickly drove the Chiefs down to the 16-yard line, set­ting up San­tos’ win­ner.

“That kid has a big leg. They tried it. But it gave us an op­por­tu­nity and we were able to cap­i­tal­ize,” Smith said of the failed 62 yard at­tempt.

In Oakland, Se­bas­tian Janikowski kicked a 23-yard field goal with 1:45 left to lift the Raiders to a 35-32 vic­tory over the Carolina Pan­thers.

Raiders quar­ter­back Derek Carr had to over­come an in­jured pinky as he marched the Raiders 82 yards in 12 plays for Janikowski’s game-win­ner and Oakland’s fifth straight win.

Carr left the game at one point af­ter in­jur­ing his right pinky while fum­bling a snap.

His 49-yard pass to wide re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree set up the de­ci­sive field goal.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Har­ris catches a two-point con­ver­sion to tie the game as Denver Bron­cos cor­ner­back Chris Har­ris (25) de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Sun­day in Denver. (AP)

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