DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high-fives Head Coach Bill Belichick after scoring touchdown in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Patriots Vs. Broncos: New England Stops Tebow Time With 41-23 Victory Over Denver

The Denver Broncos had a six-game winning streak snapped by the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos Final Score: New England Silences Tim Tebow For 41-23 Victory Over Denver

Tebow Time couldn't continue unabated for the rest of the season, and the New England Patriots put it to a temporary end on Sunday when they defeated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, 41-23. The Broncos put up a valiant fight, but Tom Brady and his tight end Aaron Hernandez were too much to handle.

The Broncos had actually jumped out to a 13-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Brady and the Patriots outscored the Broncos, 20-3, in the second quarter. The scoring died down in the second half, but the Patriots had 14 points to the Broncos' seven.

That Broncos score, predictably, was Tebow's second rushing touchdown of the day. He had a big 39-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas and then a 34-yard pass to Lance ball to set up the two-yard scoring run. Despite the loss, Tebow had one of his better game at quarterback this season, completing 11 of 22 passes for 194 yards. He rushed 12 times for 93 yards, the team's leading rusher.

Turnovers by Quan Cosby, Tim Tebow and Lance Ball all hurt the Broncos in the first half while penalties slowed the Broncos down in the second half.

The Denver Broncos, 8-6, remain in first place of the AFC West. They head to Orchard Park for a Christmas Eve showdown with the Buffalo Bills.

For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos Score: Tim Tebow Runs For TD, Readies Denver For Thrilling(?) Final Minutes

A 34-16 deficit in the fourth quarter for the Denver Broncos to overcome? Tim Tebow scoffs at those who believe he won't lead the comeback. He's already put one touchdown on the board in the final quarter, bringing the game to a 34-23 deficit.

Tebow found Demaryius Thomas for several big gains, but none more so than 39-yarder that put the ball at New England's 36-yard line. Then Tebow found Lance ball for a 34-yard pass to put the ball at the two-yard lune. Tebow followed with a two-yard run for his second rushing touchdown of the game.

With half of the quarter left, the Broncos still need at least two scores to win this game. Whether the team gets a touchdown, goes for two and then kicks a field goal or if it's just two touchdowns, don't count Tebow and the Broncos out just yet.

For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos Score: Lance Ball Puts Denver In 13-7 Lead

The Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots appear to be having one of those games where we just throw defense out of the window. In the three drives in this game so far, the teams are a perfect 3-for-3 in scoring touchdowns. After Patriots took the 7-6 lead, the Broncos started the next drive with a 29-yard by Willis McGahee. Tim Tebow then threw his second pass of the day and found Demaryius Thomas for a 22-yard gain. Lance Ball then ran the ball 32 yards for the 13-7 lead.


Ball had a huge, gaping hole to run through there and was able to maneuver his way past Patriots defenders for the score. The play was reviewed to see if Ball was down before he broke the plane of the end zone, but it was upheld.

For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos: Brian Dawkins Leads Denver's Inactives Vs. New England

The Denver Broncos will be without safety Brian Dawkins for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He injured his neck last week when his hit into teammate Robert Ayers on an attempted tackle. He missed practice on Wednesday before returning to limited participation on the final two days of the work week. Listed as questionable, he missed Saturday's walk through. Rookie safety Rahim Moore will start with rookie Quinton Carter at the other safety spot.

Here are the rest of the inactives:

 

 

David Bruton is also a safety, making the depth in the secondary quite thin. Mike Mohamed, Manny Ramirez, Tony Hills and Derrick Harvey comes as no surprise. Rookie tight end Julius Thomas has struggled and been affected by injuries this season.

For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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NFL Picks Week 15: ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown Crew Favors Denver Broncos, 3-2, Over New England Patriots

ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown had 30 minutes of Tim Tebow time on Sunday morning and at the end the five hosts had to choose between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots in Sunday's game. It came down in favor of the Broncos, 3-2.

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson took the Broncos. Mike Ditka went with the Broncos and didn't provide the reason. I guess he believes in what Tim Tebow is doing and just wants to take it all in for as long as it continues.

Chris Berman tipped the scales in favor of the Broncos, though his explanation as to why it would happen was in jest. We're not really going to see Tim Tebow perform a cornerback blitz on Tom Brady in overtime for the win. But we get the sentiment it was made in: expect the unexpected.

Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter aren't buying into Tim Tebow and the Broncos this weekend.

For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos Odds Update: New England Favored By Nine Points On Game Day

The Denver Broncos are having a tough time convincing the odds makers that they have a good chance at making Sunday's game against the New England Patriots a competitive one. While the line opened at 4.5 points in favor of the Patriots, it has reached nine points on Sunday morning, according to Odds Shark. There haven't been any major injuries to the Broncos this week that would adversely change the pregame outlook, but safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Andre Goodman are both questionable for the game. Tom Brady could exploit the situation if Chris Harris and Rahim Moore are sharing the secondary (safety David Bruton is also questionable for the game, leaving Rafael Bush the only backup beside Moore. That is, if Bush is active for the game).

The over/under for the game is still at 47 points and that will largely depend on how well Tim Tebow can direct the Broncos' offense. If Tebow can consistently put points on the board and the Broncos defense is able to bend and not break against Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski.

Odds Shark has more Week 15 NFL odds and lines. For more on this game, visit Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and Broncos blog Mile High Report. Check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Patriots Vs. Broncos: Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

It's put up or shut up for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon when they welcome the New England Patriots into Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos are on a six-game winning streak and are 7-1 overall since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback. However, the Broncos have not faced a team like the New England Patriots during this great run. Even the Detroit Lions aren't the team that looked so good at the start of the season and then defeated the Broncos, 45-10, any longer.

The Broncos defense will need to have Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil disrupt Tom Brady and force him to throw too early if they hope to keep this game to within a reasonable score. If the defense is able to do that, Tebow should be able to pull off some late magic once again.

But maybe this game can finally be a good turning point for Tebow. Maybe it will be the one that sees Tebow play a complete game instead of just coming up big in the fourth quarter. However Tebow performs, a Broncos victory will put the Broncos one step closer to winning the AFC West (though they still need to wait to actually clinch the position).

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 18; 2:15 p.m. MT

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO

TV Schedule
Local:CBS

Radio: 850 KOA

TV Distribution MapThe506.com

For more updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more on this game, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report and Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. For news from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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