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.

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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