A 3-2 overtime win over the Houston Texans on Sunday ended the Patriots’ two-game losing streak, which had started in Week 2 with a 31-20 win at Carolina.
New England (4-3) won the first three games of its streak before losing three straight.
Tom Brady, who finished the regular season with five touchdown passes, had a career-high 13 receptions for 140 yards.
With Houston leading 16-10 at halftime, the Patriots had the ball with 1:19 left in regulation, but Brady’s fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 5:05 remaining was incomplete.
The Patriots needed a touchdown to win their second straight Super Bowl, and they got it with one last minute touchdown from Brady and a one-yard catch from Brandon LaFell.
The touchdown capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive that stretched from the Houston 22, to the Houston 28.
After the Texans had run out the clock, Brady hit Antonio Brown for a 1-yard touchdown pass.
The final score: 34-28.
Tom’s latest: Brady threw an interception in the final minute of regulation, which set up the Patriots winning drive with 7:45 left.
He completed a 13-yard pass to Brandin Cooks for the winning score with 1 minute, 45 seconds left.
What happened in overtime: Brady completed 21 of 27 passes for 237 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
He also rushed three times for 14 yards.
The Texans (2-5) lost for the fourth time in five games.
Houston’s offense was missing key players such as running back C.J. Anderson and wide receiver Andre Johnson.
It’s not known whether Brown will play.
Houston also will miss safety Quintin Demps.
The Steelers also have lost three of four.