WASHINGTON — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in the second half and the Patriots beat Denver Broncos 16-9 Sunday to earn their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
The Patriots had already clinched their second title with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game in January.
Brady threw two touchdowns, but the Patriots had to settle for a field goal and a touchdown after punter Dan Carpenter made a diving grab that forced a fumble.
Denver recovered and recovered another, forcing Brady to kick a 43-yard field goal to make it a 16-14 game at halftime.
He completed 22 of 28 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns.
After the game, Brady, who has not had a playoff victory since 2002, told reporters he was “really proud of our team and what we’re trying to do.
We’ve done it before and we’re going to do it again.
It’s going to be a fun challenge.”
The Broncos (3-3) were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Brady has thrown at least three touchdown pass in nine of his past 10 games.
He threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 24-20 win over Kansas City on Nov. 29.
The Patriots’ offense had a combined total of 493 yards on Sunday, but they allowed a team-high 661 yards of offense.
They also ran for a team record-tying 109 yards on 17 carries.
Denver coach Gary Kubiak said he was disappointed in Brady’s performance.
“It was disappointing,” Kubiak told reporters.
“He had the ability to be at his best when we needed him to be.
We know that.
He made some plays.
He’s done some things we haven’t done.
We have to continue to work on those.
We can’t expect him to do those things every day.
I don’t think we can do it every single day.”
Brady has completed a career-best 60.4 percent of his passes for 4,084 yards, with 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
He has a franchise-record 16 passing touchdowns.
He’s led the Patriots to the best record in the AFC with a 12-4 record.
The Pats are 2-0 since losing the AFC title in January and are in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive wins.
Denver is 0-4 since losing to the Patriots.