Patriots vs Broncos: Takeaways from Denver's 26-16 Win over New England

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Patriots vs Broncos: Takeaways from Denver's 26-16 Win over New England
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The Denver Broncos thoroughly dominated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game by a score of 26-16. The Broncos move on to Super Bowl and send the Pats home for the offseason.

The Patriots have nothing to be ashamed of, the injuries they overcame just to get back to the AFC Championship were nothing short of amazing.

With the loss of cornerback Aqib Talib, the Patriots just weren't able to match up with Peyton Manning's potent offense. Tom Brady's lack of weaponry this time prevented a miracle comeback, as did a Denver defense that played with something to prove.

But it's not as bleak for the Patriots as some might think. 2013 once again proved the Patriots will be in the hunt as long as Bill Belichick and Brady are in town. And with a return to health of many key players, the Pats should once again be a Super Bowl favorite in 2014.

What else can we take away from a disappointing beatdown to end the season? 

Here are the takeaways!

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