Belichick's gamble pays off for Patriots

Updated: November 4, 2003, 11:21 AM ET

DENVER -- With the Patriots facing fourth down from their 1-yard line and trailing Denver by a point, New England coach Bill Belichick told Lonie Paxton to snap the ball out of the end zone.

What? An intentional safety? Yes, it was an unusual strategy. And it worked to perfection.

Belichick's gamble put Denver up three, but New England's defense held and Tom Brady hit David Givens on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left to lift the Patriots to a 30-26 win Monday night.

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