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..

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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