New England outlasted Washington to earn its fifth-straight victory with a 34-27 decision in Week 14. The Patriots took advantage of three touchdown passes by Tom Brady, who finished with 357 passing yards on 22 completions in the game.
New England struck first with a defensive touchdown when Andre Carter strip-sacked Rex Grossman in the end zone. Vince Wilfork pounced on the loose ball to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. After a Redskins field goal, Rob Gronkowski caught his 14th touchdown pass of the season — an NFL record for tight ends — on an 11-yard pass from Brady.
Washington responded with a pair of touchdown passes by Rex Grossman that gave the Redskins a 17-14 lead in the second quarter. The teams swapped field goals before Stephen Gostkowski closed the half with a 24-yarder as time expired to tie the game at 20.
Gronkowski caught his second touchdown pass of the day to open the second-half scoring and give New England a 27-20 advantage. The second-year tight end finished the game with a game-high 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He leads the NFL this season with 15 receiving touchdowns.
Washington tied the game at 27 when David Anderson caught a 6-yard scoring pass with 6:58 to play in the third quarter, but Brady found Welker on a 24-yard scoring strike on the Patriots’ ensuing drive to cap the day’s scoring and deliver a 34-27 victory for New England.