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Tim Tebow: Why Magical Run Ends vs. New England Patriots and Tom Brady

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos is tackled by strong safety James Ihedigbo #44 of the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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T.J. McaloonContributorJanuary 10, 2012

Tim Tebow finally was allowed to open up the playbook last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the end result was Tebow’s first 300-yard passing game of the 2011 season. 

However, even with Tebow’s great game against the No. 1 passing defense in the league, this week will see the end of Tebow-mania because of the New England Patriots learning from the mistakes of the Steelers. 

On Tebow’s 10th, and last completion that won the Broncos the game in overtime, Denver sucked the Steelers top-rated passing defense into leaving the entire middle of the field open. 

The Denver Broncos' game recap on their website took a look at that final play of the Broncos-Steelers Wild Card Game saying:

Coming out of the huddle to begin overtime, the Denver Broncos had 24 first downs in the game. On 23 of those plays, they ran the ball.

Knowing this, the Pittsburgh Steelers loaded the box and brought both safeties up, just like the Broncos thought they would. When receiver Demaryius Thomas saw the safety creep up before the snap, he knew all he had to do was beat the cornerback and the middle of the field would be wide open.

So when quarterback Tim Tebow took the snap from the Broncos own 20-yard line, he put the ball into running back Willis McGahee's gut, giving the Broncos 24 runs on 25 first downs.

However, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick knows better than to let the Broncos suck them into a situation like Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was sucked into last Sunday.

Plus, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is near perfect at Gillette Stadium this year. Brady went an impressive 7-1, with a 66 completion percentage, 2,540 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes.

While playing at home has seen Brady have some big games, Brady will benefit this week from playing his divisional round opponent already. 

Against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, Brady went off on the Denver secondary for 320 yards and two touchdowns. With a full week off to rest and prepare for the Broncos, there is no reason why he shouldn’t see the same stats this week. 

Plus, when the weather drops below 40-degrees—as temperatures do in Foxboro, Mass. in January—Brady has some amazing stats this year (1,093 yards and eight touchdowns to one interception).

Brady will excel at home against the Broncos, and then move on to a dominating performance against either the Baltimore Ravens or Houston Texans.  

With Tebow not being able to suck the Patriots defense into playing near the line abandoning the safety help, plus Brady being so good at home, it will result in the magical run of Tebow coming to an end. 

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