Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots: Live Score, Video and Analysis
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.
Thanks to all for showing up tonight.
The Patriots have to keep their focus. They can't become complacent after this win. I don't think Belichick will allow them.
Obviously, Brady and Gronkowski deserve a game ball, but so does Ninkovich. He played extremely well.
Great game by Brady and the Patriots. Tebow and the Broncos crashed hard in this one.
Oh please. The doubters are completely justified.
Question: Can anything be gleaned about the Pats defense from this game? They played extremely well, but they did face a Division III college football offense.
Get Brady out of the game. Things are going to get chippy.
This fight is a by-product of the "running up" of the score.
I think Belichick is finally calling off the dogs.
Does this game give some credence to a seeding system for the NFL playoffs?
Welker was fairly quiet tonight, not that he was really needed.
That defensive stand was awesome! Ninkovich ate his Wheaties today.
I love this stand by the Pats. They're not making it easy for the Broncos.
Can the Pats make a stand here?
Tebow has surpassed 100 yards tonight (136). Look for him to be on the cover of Time magazine this week.
Granted, the games out of reach, so the defense can tee off, but I like the intensity shown by the Pats defense tonight. Even though it was against Tebow, the Pats defense still made a statement.
Run play. Way to keep the Pats on their toes.
Can Tebow break 100 yards passing? Stay tuned.
The Patriots have to forgot about this game (yes, the Pats). They can't go into the game next week thinking that this will be common place.
Play action pass?! Are you kidding me?
Go for it!!
Who out there thinks Belichick is showing no class right now? I don't.
Are you kidding me? Gronkowski is not of this world!!
Tebow's stat line: 5/16 for 61 yards. He might not make the varsity team next year.
Are you kidding me? A field goal! What's the point?
Do the Broncos draft a quarterback in the 2012 draft?
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