Tom Brady Throws 6 Touchdown Passes; Patriots End Broncos' Run, 45-10

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Tom Brady Shines, Tim Tebow Falters

The New England Patriots are back in the AFC Championship after dismantling the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, 45-10. New England quarterback Tom Brady was everywhere against the Broncos, shredding what's been a solid defense to the tune of six touchdowns -- five of which came in the first half.

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Following the game, Sports Illustrated's Peter King noted Brady is looking unstoppable again while pointing out the gap between the Patriots' quarterback and Tim Tebow.

The advantage for Tebow will be that he'll have a normal offseason -- with minicamps and practices with Denver's first offensive units that he hasn't had in either of his two offseasons as a pro. The question will be whether offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will be able to improve Tebow's accuracy to the point where he can be an effective NFL starter. This game showed the huge gap between Tebow and Brady.

Clearly there's a massive gulf between the two, but Brady has also shown he's certainly in the upper echelon of NFL quarterback yet again. It shouldn't come as a surprise, but on a weekend that saw Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers both fall, Brady turned in another jaw-dropping performance while dismantling the Broncos.

There are still plenty of questions about the Patriots -- a soft schedule with the Broncos being, perhaps, the best team they've faced makes one wonder just how good this team is -- but on Saturday New England looked flat unstoppable. It all sets up a tough AFC Championship matchup against a physical Baltimore Ravens team next week on CBS.

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What Will We Do Without Tim Tebow? And Nine More Important NFL Playoffs Questions

The division round games have been won. The conference championships are next weekend. And we have no idea what to expect.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Final Score: New England Beats Down Tim Tebow And The Broncos, 45-10

The New England Patriots dominated the Denver Broncos in the 2012 AFC Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Patriots jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but the Broncos were able to force a turnover and look like they'd make it a game by cutting the lead to 14-7, but Tom Brady wasn't going to let that happen. In the second quarter, New England scored 21 unanswered points in the form of three Tom Brady touchdown passes.

The Patriots didn't let up after halftime either, scoring another touchdown on another Tom Brady touchdown pass. The Broncos were able to score a field goal however in the third quarter, to make the score not look as bad... The Patriots still kept the pedal on a bit in the fourth quarter with Tom Brady hitting a deep pass to Rob Gronkowski to put the Patriots inside the five yard line. The Patriots ran the ball three straight times however and just kicked a field goal.

Tim Tebow had a woeful day, taking until the fourth quarter to complete as many passes as Tom Brady had thrown touchdowns. Tebow ended the day completing just nine passes for 136 yards. Tom Brady on the other hand carved up the Broncos throwing for 363 yards and six touchdowns, setting a Patriots playoff record for passing yards in a single playoff game. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdowns in the game. The Patriots coasted through most of the third quarter, even allowing Brady to punt on third down. Brady's 48-yard pooch punt wound up being the longest punt in the game. The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship Game to take on the winner of the Houston Texans Vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

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VIDEO: Patriots, Broncos Brawl After Tom Brady Trolls Hard With A Punt

Don't ever make Tom Brady mad. He will embarrass you, your team, your coach and pretty much anything else one could think of. He's already thrown six touchdown passes against the Broncos and the Patriots put the game out of reach way before the fourth quarter. So there was only one thing left to do.


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Brady quick-punted on third down with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Seriously. The only way it could've been more insulting to the Broncos is if he'd done it on first or second.

By the way, that punt was the longest punt of the game. Can't even make this stuff up.

The result was a brawl, because of course the Broncos were mad. Von Miller got into it with a New England player after hitting him from behind (gif here) and the scrum boiled over onto the Patriots sideline. Bill Belichick even got into the mix.

The Patriots are the trolliest team ever, and I kind of love it.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Brady Passes 300 Yards As Pats Go Up 45-10

The New England Patriots haven't let up off the gas pedal despite being up 42-10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Tom Brady is still taking snaps, still slinging the ball across the field, still finding his receivers and putting up bonkers numbers.

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Brady passed 300 yards passing before the fourth quarter even began, the first time he's accomplished that in a playoff game since 2005. He's done it by leaning heavily on Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, who hauled in two long catches to bring the Patriots inside the five. Gronkowski now has 10 receptions, 145 yards and three touchdowns.

His numbers pale in comparison, however, to his quarterback's. Brady has turned in a performance for the ages, throwing for 349 yards and six touchdowns with just one interception. This drive stalled at the three-yard line because the Pats ran three times after Gronkowski's catch. Stephen Gostkowski's 20-yard field goal made the score 45-10.

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ANIMATED: Brodrick Bunkley Injured, Broncos Recover Stevan Ridley Fumble

Leading 42-7 and firmly engaging in one of the all-time thrashings in playoff history, the New England Patriots had begun to simply move to ball at will against a battered and bruised Denver Broncos defense. With five consecutive plays of five yards or more, they seemed sure to score their seventh touchdown.

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That is, until Patriots running back Stevan Ridley took an absolute shot from Broncos defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley, whose head slammed into Ridley's shoulder, and he would stay down with what looked like a concussion.

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The Broncos recovered at their own 19, but are losing defensive players left and right to injury. Tim Tebow, despite reports that Brady Quinn was warming up on the sideline, is coming back into the game for the Broncos..

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VIDEO: Tim Tebow Engulfed By Patriots Defense

The New England Patriots tacked on another touchdown to take a 42-7 lead and kicked the ball back to the Denver Broncos. Tim Tebows pass on first down to running back Willis McGahee fell incomplete. On second down, Tim Tebow was absolutely swallowed by the Patriots pass rush. Three Patriots defenders went right through the line and Tebow was just engulfed and sacked for an 11-yard loss.

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On third-and-21, the Broncos simply just handed the ball off to Lance Ball for a two yard gain, once again going three and out punting the football back to the Patriots. It looks like Tebow might be done for the night however, as Brady Quinn is warming up on the sideline.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Tom Brady Throws Sixth Touchdown Pass, New England Ahead 42-7

Again starting in fantastic field position, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots tried to extend their already laughable lead with just more than 13 minutes left in the third quarter. They did just that, again, with relative ease, after a four-play, 44-yard drive culminated in Brady hitting Aaron Hernandez over the middle for a high-steppin' 17-yard touchdown to make it 42-7.

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The drive started out with a Danny Woodhead five-yard run before Brady again took to the air, completing a 17-yard pass over the middle to Wes Welker to get down to the Broncos' 17-yard line. Brady has been seeing almost no pressure all game despite the dynamic pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil lining up across from him.

Shortly afterward, Brady hit Hernandez for his sixth touchdown, and Hernandez's first. It was the fourth different receiver Brady has connected with for a touchdown.

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: Denver Goes Three And Out On Their First Drive Of The Second Half

The Denver Broncos opened up halftime receiving the football, but Matt Willis was tackled at the 15-yard line on the kick return. Running back Lance Ball picked up four yards on the first play of the drive, but Willis McGahee lost two yards on the very next running play to put the Broncos in third-and-eight.

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On third down, Tebow dropped back to pass and spun away from the rush. He reset and threw the football down the football field into double coverage to Eddie Royal. Royal was blanked on the play however and Patriots safety Patrick Chung broke up the pass. The Broncos were once again forced into a three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Patriots.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: New England Routing Denver At Halftime, 35-7

The Denver Broncos are currently being dominated by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots started early jumping out to a 14-0 lead thanks to Brady touchdown passes to wide receiver Wes Welker and to tight end Rob Gronkowksi. On the Patriots next drive however, Brady was picked off by the Broncos on an errant pass, setting the Broncos up in scoring position. Willis McGahee was able to power the football forward for five yards and a touchdown to put the game within a touchdown.

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Unfortunately for the Broncos however, Tom Brady went in a zone after the interceptions and the Patriots offense exploded in the second quarter. Brady threw three more touchdown passes, two more to Gronkowski, and a 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deion Branch. The Broncos offense on the other hand has struggled to get anything going trying to run the football. At halftime, Tim Tebow has less completed passes than Tom Brady has touchdown passes. Tebow is just three of 10 passing for 28 yards and 13 rushing yards on five carries.

Brady on the other hand has 246 yards passing with five touchdown passes and one interception. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are killing the Broncos defense, as Hernandez has just two catches for 29 yards but he's added 58 rushing yards on three carries, including a 43-yard run on the first drive of the game. Gronkowski on the other hand has eight catches for 97 yards and three touchdowns. If the Broncos want a chance at all to get back in the game, they'll need to stop the Patriots tight ends.

Also, they might not want to let the blob get ahold of Tebow again.

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Tom Brady Throws Fifth Touchdown, Rob Gronkowski Catches Third Touchdown, Patriots Lead Broncos 35-7

Starting their eighth drive on their own 42-yard-line, the New England Patriots were trying to extend their 28-7 lead with just over a minute to play. They managed to accomplish just that, driving 58 yards in roughly one minute, ending with Tom Brady's fifth touchdown pass, a 19-yard strike over the middle to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who's hauled in three of those passes.

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Brady is now 18/24 for 246 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. The Patriots are leading the Denver Broncos 35-7 going into halftime, and there is absolutely no doubt left in anyone's mind who is the better team so far. Tim Tebow, by comparison, finished with just three completions in the half. Gronkowski has eight receptions for 93 yards and three scores.

Tebow has made his living on incredible comebacks, but this mountain seems just too tall to climb at this point.

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: Denver Punts The Ball Away Again

The New England Patriots scored another touchdown pushing their lead to 28-7 after a long touchdown catch by Deion Branch, but the Denver Broncos got the football back. Running back Lance Ball was able to pick up 5 yards on a first down run. On the very next play, Tim Tebow rolled out to his left to escape the rush and put the football right into Lance Ball's hands, but the running back simply just dropped the football, which would have put the Broncos in third and short.

On third down Tebow threw a pass to Demaryius Thomas, but the pass fell incomplete putting the Broncos at fourth down. With just over a minute left in the game, the Broncos punted the ball back to New England.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Tom Brady Hits Deion Branch For Long Touchdown, New England Up 28-7

Starting their seventh drive of the first half with 2:27 to play, up 21-7 on the Denver Broncos, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots wanted to go into halftime with a three-score lead, because Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take satisfaction in nothing more than to blow out teams that everyone is talking about.

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The latest in-your-face play was a deep bomb, thrown perfectly to Deion Branch, who burned Andre Goodman and took the ball the rest of the way to the house for a 61-yard touchdown, Brady's fourth touchdown pass of the half to his third different receiver.

Brady now has 188 yards and four touchdowns on the day, and he's having another classic performance. Broncos fans — and unbiased fans with working eyes — will claim that Branch pushed off, but the referee missed it, and Goodman couldn't catch up. It's now 28-7 Patriots with less than two minutes to play.

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ANIMATED: Gerard Warren Sacks Tim Tebow, Celebrates With Gator Chomp

The Denver Broncos defense was finally able to stop the New England Patriots defense and force a punt to get the ball back. The Broncos picked up six yards on a first down run by running back Willis McGahee to get across the 20-yard line. A few plays , quarterback Tim Tebow hit wide receiver Eddie Royal on a 10-yard pass that saw Royal spin for the first down.

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On the next two plays however, Tim Tebow was sacked by Patriots defenders. On the first sack, Tebow felt some pressure that wasn't really there and tried to run, but was tackled for a loss. On the very next play, defensive lineman Gerard Warren burst through the line and sacked Tebow for a 6-yard loss and then proceeded to do a Gator chomp to celebrate, for a little Gator on Gator crime. The Broncos failed to pick up the first downs on third and long and punted the ball away.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots: New England Goes Three-And-Out For First Time

Trying to build on their two touchdown lead with just more than six minutes left in the first half after forcing yet another Denver Broncos punt, the New England Patriots went three-and-out for the first time in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.

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A Tom Brady incompletion on first down, followed by a three-yard run by BenJarvus Green Ellis on second down and an incomplete deep ball on third down led to Zoltan Mesko's second punt of the night, a 38-yarder to pin the Broncos on their 11, more difficult starting position for Tim Tebow and the boys as they try to rally and close the 21-7 deficit with less than five minutes on the clock

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Denver Vs. New England: Broncos Go Three And Out, Punt The Ball Back To Patriots

The Denver Broncos got the football back after the New England Patriots scored another touchdown to push their lead to 21-7. On the first play of the drive, Tim Tebow was nearly picked off on a pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal. The Patriots defender jumped the route and got a hand on the ball, but it certainly would have been an interception for a touchdown had he caught the football.

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On the very next play the Broncos ran another option play, but this time Tim Tebow pitched the football to Eddie Royal who was only able to pick up one yard on the run. On third-and-long, Tebow dropped back to pass and was nearly sacked by the Patriots defense, but was able to scramble, spin, and throw the football away before he went down. The Broncos once again punted the ball back to the Patriots.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Tom Brady And Rob Gronkowski Connect For Second TD, Pats Lead 21-7

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady have been the two dominant forces of this game for the New England Patriots, and it showed even more on their last drive. Gronk and Brady hooked up for nine yards on second down to get into plus territory early on, and that got the Patriots rolling.

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First down pass plays to Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez soon followed, moving the Pats inside the 20. Stevan Ridley was the running back in the first part of the drive, getting two carries for minimal yardage, then New England abandoned the run entirely and decided to pass on every single down, and it worked out for them.

Brady and Gronkowski connected for a 12-yard touchdown to cap off the drive, Gronk's second and Brady's third of the first half alone, putting the Patriots up two touchdowns again, and putting the pressure squarely back on Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: Denver Pinned Deep Goes Three And Out

After the Denver Broncos forced a New England Patriots punt, they got the ball pinned inside the 10-yard line. On the first play of the drive the Broncos picked up five yards on a run by running back Willis McGahee. On second down, the Broncos tried to run the football again with Willis McGahee, but he was only able to pick up one yard on the play.

On third down, the Broncos opted to run the football again but this time with quarterback Tim Tebow running an option play. Tebow rolled out to the left with the running back shadowing him to the left, but the Patriots had the play dead in the water. Tebow hesitated on whether he should pitch the ball or not and was tackled for just a one yard gain, leaving the Broncos to punt the ball back to the Patriots.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots: New England Punts For First Time After Denver TD

Set up with great field position after a Denver Broncos penalty was enforced on the kickoff after their first touchdown, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 10-yard catch, but the drive stalled soon afterwards. A four-yard run by BenJarvus Green-Ellis was ll they could muster in their next set of downs, and a Brady incompletion on third and six brought out Zoltan Mesko to punt it away.

After the drive, Brady is now 10/14 with 96 yards and two touchdowns and an interception, Aaron Hernandez is leading the team in rushing with 47 yards and Gronkowski has five catches for 57 and a score. The next drive for the Broncos could be key for the momentum the rest of the way.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Willis McGahee Touchdown Gets Denver Right Back In The Game

After picking off New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the Denver Broncos got the ball back with great field position. Willis McGahee was able to pick up five yards on the first play of the drive, followed by a nice Tim Tebow pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for a 12-yard gain to put the Broncos on the 5-yard line and in scoring position.

Then on the first play of the second quarter, Tim Tebow handed the ball off to Willis McGahee who pounded the football in for a 5-yard touchdown run. On the play, McGahee powered through three New England defenders to get into the endzone for the score. With the touchdown, the Broncos pulled within a touchdown of the Patriots, 14-7.

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VIDEO: Tom Brady Makes First Mistake, Throws Interception

The New England Patriots started their third drive of the game on their 13-yard line already leading 14-0 having scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game. After a Wes Welker drop, BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for five yards and Tom Brady, having thrown two touchdown passes already, hit Wes Welker for a first down at the 25.

The very next play, however, Brady made his first real mistake of the game, floating a pass way over the head of tight end Rob Gronkowski and right into the waiting hands of Quinton Carter, who returned it 17 yards before being absolutely stuck by Aaron Hernandez at the Patriots' 24.

The pick set up Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos in field goal range and in striking distance to make this a one-score game. The Patriots' 31st-ranked defense has to hold to keep them at arms' length.

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: Denver Punts The Ball Back To New England

After the New England Patriots scored another touchdown after recovering a Tim Tebow fumble, the Broncos began another drive with some poor field position thanks to a short return by wide receiver Matt Willis. The Broncos were assisted by an offsides yard penalty by Vince Wilfork on first down, but they were stuffed for a loss on the next play running the option.

On second down, Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 6-yard gain that looked like a fumble, but the umpires ruled forward progress had stopped. Willis McGahee bounced the ball outside on the next play for a 17-yard gain on third-and-1, but three plays later following two incomplete passes the Broncos were forced to punt the ball away.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: Rob Gronkowski Hauls In Ridiculous TD, New England Up 14

The New England Patriots marched right down the field again after Tim Tebow's fumble put the Denver Broncos' defense back out on the field. This time, the drive resulted in a 10-yard, diving, bobbled catch from tight end Rob Gronkowski, reminding everyone how he set the record for touchdowns by a tight end in the regular season.

It was already Gronkowski's fourth catch of the day, for 47 yards, and Tom Brady is on absolute fire. He's 8/8 for 79 yards and two touchdowns, reminding everyone who the true Golden Boy of the NFL has been for years.

This drive was a relative marathon compared to their first one, a 1:51 scoring assault. The Pats took seven plays to go 59 yards in 3:25, mixing in passing and rushing to keep the Broncos' defense on their heels and scrambling to keep up. 14-0 Patriots.

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VIDEO: Tim Tebow Fumble Gives Ball Right Back To Patriots

After the New England Patriots took an early 7-0 lead on a Wes Welker touchdown, the Denver Broncos began moving down the football field to try to answer the score. On the first passing play of the game, Tim Tebow dropped back to pass and was nearly sacked, but he was able to escape the pressure and picked up a 14-yard gain with his legs for the first down. On the next play, Willis McGahee went off tackle for a 19-yard gain and it looked like the Broncos offense was going to roll. Then this happened...

On the next passing play, Tebow dropped back to pass and was sacked from his blind side by Rob Ninkovich and fumbled the football due to his long release. New England recovered the football and went to work.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score Update: New England Drives For A Quick Touchdown, Leads 7-0

The New England Patriots received the opening kickoff at home in Foxborough and drove right down the field to score in less than three minutes, with a drive culminating in a Wes Welker receiving touchdown, courtesy of Tom Brady.

The touchdown was set up by one of the strangest plays you can really expect to see — Brady handing off to tight end Aaron Hernandez, who took the ball and ran 43 yards to put his team in striking distance. Hernandez's run immediately preceded Welker's 7-yard grab, and a 17-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski set up the Hernandez run. The entire drive was five plays, 80 yards and took 1: 51 seconds off the clock.

The Broncos, despite the hoopla around quarterback Tim Tebow, have gotten this far on the back of their defense, but New England scored more than 40 points against the same unit earlier in the season. This is not the start the Broncos wanted.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots: Time For Tim Tebow And Broncos To Do It Again

The New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos in what will end up being one of the most hyped games of the year. The divisional round matchup takes place on Saturday night and not many folks are giving Tim Tebow and the Broncos a shot.

SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High Report, has their prediction on the game and tells us why the Broncos will win and why they'll lose.

Why The Broncos Will Win: A couple of reasons. First, the Patriots have all the pressure on them while the Broncos are playing with house money. New England is 4-4 in their last 8 playoff games, and has been bounced at home the past two years. If there is a chink in the Brady/Belichick armor, that is it. Denver also comes in with the confidence of a team that did what most didn't think they could do - beat the Pittsburgh Steelers through the air. We can talk about the defense Pittsburgh ran, or the injuries they had, but Dick LeBeau was only forcing the Broncos to do what he didn't think they could do, and the Broncos are just as banged up. Lastly, the Broncos have a solid pass rush and last week were able to get to Big Ben while only rushing three. That will be huge this week.

Why The Broncos Will Lose: There are just as many reasons the Broncos will lose. First, Denver's recipe for disaster was on display in Week 15. Three turnovers in 9 plays turned a 9-popint lead into a 13-point halftime deficit and the game was over. Denver must protect the ball and control the clock - two things they CAN do against this defense. Of course, Tom Brady - like all great athletes - can take the smallest perceived slight and turn it into monster motivation. There is no question he sees all the attention Tim Tebow is receiving and will use that to fuel the competitive fire.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots 2012: Predictions Say New England

The New England Patriots will host the Denver Broncos on Saturday night and they're heavy favorites to win and advance to the AFC Championship game. The Patriots have an eight-game winning streak but Tim Tebow and the Broncos were able to somehow, someway beat the Steelers last week. The odds say the Patriots will win but we know this game won't go as we expect.

SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit, predicts a Patriots victory and tells us why the Patriots will win this game and why they'll lose.

Why The Patriots Will Win: The Patriots are the hottest team in football (eight game win streak) and a team that is hungry for a playoff victory (they haven't won since 2007). Tom Brady seems to be a man on a mission, but if he can't pull off a playoff victory against the Denver Broncos, there will be serious questions to answer. Overall, I like the Patriots "bend but don't break" mentality when it comes to stopping the big plays of the Broncos' offense. As for their own offensive attack, the Broncos could find it hard to keep up with the #3 scoring offense in the league.

Why The Patriots Will Lose: Slow starts. The Patriots have been outscored 16-7, 17-0, and 21-0 to start their past three games. Of course, they ended up winning those three games. But this is the playoffs. If the Patriots fall into a similar hole to the Broncos, I could see Denver holding them off.

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AFC Divisional Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: New England Hopes To Slow Down Denver's Running Attack

The New England Patriots dominated on the scoreboard the last time they faced the Denver Broncos, winning 41-23 at Mile High in December. The Pats were dominated defensively, however, giving up 252 yards rushing including 93 from quarterback Tim Tebow. The running game should once again be a major storyline when the two teams face off in Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff game.

Not only would a strong running attack help the Broncos move the chains, but it would keep the ball away from Tom Brady and a dangerous Patriots' offense.

"I think it's important that we control the clock and control the ball and keep it out of Brady's hands as much as possible," Tebow said before Saturday's game. "I mean, he is a great quarterback and he's been doing his deal for a long time. So it is important for our offense to get first downs. It's a game of 10 yards. That's all we think about: a game of 10 yards."

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The Patriots And 10 Years Of The Tuck Rule

Ten years ago, the New England Patriots got a little help against the Oakland Raiders thanks to a little-known rule.

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AFC Divisional Playoffs, Broncos Vs. Patriots: New England Will Have To Account For Demaryius Thomas

The New England Patriots have beaten the Denver Broncos already this season, but in the latter portion of the season a certain Broncos player has emerged as a big time threat that New England will have to account for. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has had a big impact since the beginning of December. NFL.com's Jeff Darlington points out the eye brow raising numbers.

Since Dec. 1, Thomas is averaging 22.5 yards per catch. His 108.7 yards per game are second in the NFL behind only Lions star Calvin Johnson. Thomas' teammates say they couldn't be happier for him after all he has endured.

Thomas caught the 80-yard game winning touchdown pass agains the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, doing a lot of the work after he caught the football. In the first meeting with the Patriots, Thomas picked up seven receptions for 116 yards, so he'll need to be a key focus of the Patriots defense especially with Eric Decker being inactive.

For more on the two teams, check out Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report and New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For more coverage of the NFL Playoffs, head over to SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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NFL Playoff Schedule For Saturday: Broncos-Patriots, Saints-49ers On Tap

The NFL playoff schedule resumes on Saturday as the Saints and 49ers face-off in the early game, followed by the Broncos and Patriots.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, NFL Playoffs 2012: Announcing Team Features Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Fresh off announcing the most-watched Wild Card Playoffs game in NFL history, CBS top broadcasating tandem of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be on hand in Foxborough, Massachusetts when the New England Patriots host Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos in Saturday night's AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

42.4 million viewers tuned in for the Broncos' thrilling 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, making it the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV, drawing more than 10.6 million more viewers than the previous night's Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints playoff game on NBC. Between the phenomenon that is Tebow taking on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick in a prime time setting, chances of CBS toping last week's impressive ratings are good.

For more on the two teams, check out Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report and New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For more coverage of the NFL Playoffs, head over toSB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, NFL Playoffs 2012: Cold, Wind Expected In Foxboro On Saturday Night

After a relatively mild winter, snow and cold air began creeping into the central New England area this week. A few inches of snow fell on the area on Thursday and a blast of arctic air will have wind chill temperatures near zero by halftime of Saturday night's AFC Divisional Playoffs game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.

By kickoff, the temperature will be near 20 with wind chills in the single digits.

The media outlets have been streaming into nearby Bass Pro Shops to stock up on winter gear for Saturday night, WHDH in Boston reports.

"They’ll come in and they’ll order anywhere from 300 to 500 hand warmers to make sure all the people that are working for the game will be nice and warm," said Jeff Moschella, Bass Pro Shops Manager.

For more on the two teams, check out Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report and New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For more coverage of the NFL Playoffs, head over toSB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Broncos are coming off a thrilling overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. "We were just waiting for him to come out and play the way we knew he could and show everybody," receiver Eddie Royal said. The Broncos will hit the road this week however and head to Gillette Stadium to try and win on the road. In the first meeting between the teams in the regular season, the Patriots walked out of Denver with a 41-23 win.


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The Patriots on the other hand are trying to win their first playoff game since the 2007 NFL playoffs. The Patriots are prepared to take on the Broncos offense and defense though, having already beat them this season. Former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is now on the Patriots staff as well, so he should know a bit about Tebow. "He's ready to help us in any way that he can. I'm sure that he'll be an asset to our coaching staff and our team," Belichick said. "I'm not sure exactly how that will pan out." In the last meeting, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 320 yards in the air with two touchdowns.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, January 14; 8:00pm ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

TV Schedule
Local: CBS

For more on the two teams, check out Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report and New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For more coverage of the NFL Playoffs, head over to SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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It's Okay To Hate Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos head to New England this weekend to take on the Patriots, but before everyone goes crazy all over again, let's explain why it's okay to root against America's new icon.

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