Final score: Broncos 10, Patriots 45
Before the game, all of the talk was about Tim Tebow. After the game, all of the talk will be about Tom Brady's six touchdown passes and about Bill Belichick continuing to run a no-huddle offense well after the game had been decided.
Indeed, many will think that Belichick was classless in pouring it on. While the validity of their arguments can be debated, what is not debatable is that the Patriots were completely dominant in all phases of the game tonight.
The offense started full throttle and never relented. Brady look magnificent, and the play-calling was masterful. The Pats made a statement going forward.
Defensively, the Patriots did not fall into the same trap as the Pittsburgh Steelers, namely, allowing Tebow to hit big plays. The Pats kept everything in front of them and harassed Tebow throughout the night. Rob Ninkovich was especially disruptive, accounting for one-and-a-half sacks and one forced fumble.
For the Denver Broncos, this game was a "come to Jesus" moment. They were faced with the reality of their future with Tebow. While no one can question Tebow's heart, his ability to play quarterback at an NFL level leaves a lot to be desired.
John Elway and the Broncos management need to do much soul-searching this offseason and decide if this is what they want their future to be.