FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos is hit by Kyle Arrington #24 (R) of the New England Patriots as he runs the ball in the first half during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Broncos Vs. Patriots: New England Crushes Denver, 45-10

The Denver Broncos lost to the New England Patriots on Saturday and it wasn't pretty.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Final Score, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Tom Brady, New England Enjoy 45-10 Romp Over Tim Tebow, Denver

The Denver Broncos' 2011 season has ended with a crushing 45-10 loss to the New England Patriots. The team was outclassed on offense and defense, leaving little for the team to do throughout the game.

Tom Brady tied or set all kinds of franchise and league records. His six touchdowns passes tied the single game postseason record while he set a new single half record in the postseason with five touchdowns.Overall, Brady was 26-of-34 passing for 363 yards. He did throw an interception that eventually turned into the Broncos' lone touchdown of the game, but it didn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

Tight end Rob Gronwkowski caught three touchdown passes as part of a 10-catch, 145 yard night. Tight end Aaron Hernandez was the leading rusher with five carries for 61 yards.

Tim Tebow was 9-of-26 passing for 136 yards while Willis McGahee had 76 rushing yards. Demaryius Thomas caught six passes for 93 yards.

Time for the Broncos to regroup and plan for the 2012 season.

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VIDEO: Broncos, Patriots Skirmish At End Of 2012 NFL Playoff Game

The Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots broke out into a skirmish toward the end of Saturday;s 2012 NFL Playoff game. Von Miller shouldered a Patriots player once the punt had reached far into Broncos territory and then Robert Ayers got into it when everyone got to the sideline. That led to a crowded skirmish on the sidelines.

Bill Belichick got into the middle of it in an attempt to end it. A yell of "Get your asses of of there!" could be heard. There was a pile on and some rolling around, and by the end of it Ryan McBean appeared to be the last person to get up from all of it.


And then right before that we saw Tom Brady punt the ball. We pretty much saw everything in this game:


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Broncos Vs. Patriots: Tom Brady Ties Postseason Single Game Record With 6th TD Pass

Tom Brady finished the first half of Saturday's New England Patriots game against the Denver Broncos with five touchdown passes. That set the record for most touchdown passes in a single half, Barely three minutes into the second half, Brady has already tied the single-game postseason record with six touchdown passes. He found Aaron Hernandez for a 17-yard score and a 42-7 lead.


Hernandez and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski have been shredding the Denver secondary all game long. On this play, Hernandez catches the ball and jukes to his right to break free and find his way into the end zone. The 42 points are also the most in Patriots franchise history and they aren't going to stop at this point.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Halftime Score: New England Cruising With 35-7 Lead

The Denver Broncos are certainly going to need divine intervention in the second half of Saturday's 2012 NFL Playoff game against the New England Patriots. They are losing, 35-7, at halftime.

Tom Brady has thrown an NFL record five touchdown passes in the first half, including the one you'll see below. It was his final one of the half and it was his third to Rob Gronkowski.

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There really wasn't much defense by the Broncos on that play. Gronkowski caught that ball with ease and floated into the end zone for the four-touchdown lead. Gronkowski's three touchdowns tied the NFL record for most touchdown receptions in a single playoff game.

While Brady is 18-of-25 for 246 yards, Tim Tebow is 3-of-10 for 28 yards. Willis McGahee has 68 yards rushing, but there isn't much going on for this team right now. They will receive the ball to start the second half.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Score: Willis McGahee Scores TD After Tom Brady INT

The Denver Broncos are on the score board in the second quarter. After a 12-yard catch and run by Demaryius Thomas on third down gave the Broncos a first down at the end of the first quarter, the teams needed to change sides with the end of the quarter. Willis McGahee then made it into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter. There were some extracurricular activities at the end of the play.


This is the play that made the score possible. Tom Brady must've been temporarily blind when he threw this interception. That will probably be the easiest pick of Quinton Carter's career. He was sitting back in center field and Brady just threw it right at him. Carter received a big hit to end that run, but he was already banged up earlier in the game. Obviously, he returned and was able to make that play. Carter intercepted


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VIDEOS: Tim Tebow's Fumble Leads To Amazing Rob Gronkowski TD Catch

Tim Tebow's issues holding onto the ball reared its head early on in Saturday's Denver Broncos game against the New England Patriots. After the Tom Brady touchdown pass, Tebow had a 14-yard run to pick up a first down, but then a couple of plays later he came under pressure, was sacked and fumbled the ball:


Right tackle Orlando Franklin is supposed to pass block against Rob Ninkovich here, but Franklin becomes unbalanced and allows Ninkovich to bypass him. Once there, Ninkovich hits Tebow from behind and forces the ball to the ground.

The Patriots then took advantage of that turnover to score another touchdown. Rob Gronkowski made an amazing floating touchdown grab for the 14-0 lead. The play was reviewed since it appeared he may not have had complete control of the ball as he came down, but the referee upheld the call.


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Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos Need To Win Turnover Battle Vs. New England Patriots

The Denver Broncos had a tough go at things against the New England Patriots back in December when they hosted the game. This time around, the Broncos won't have their home crowd surrounding them. As a result, the turnovers that plagued the Broncos in that game could follow them to Gillette Stadium, which has its own history of turnover calls.

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Ten years ago, we all learned about the "Tuck Rule" when Tom Brady made a forward motion and lost control of the ball. As the snow fell and the Patriots and the Oakland Raiders waited for a review of the play, we were left wondering what was going to happen. The referee overturned the fumble on the field and called it an incomplete pass because of the forward motion, even though he was bringing the ball back into him.

Will we have a moment like that in this game? Tebow has been prone to fumbles and interceptions lately. He threw six interceptions all season, but he had four over the last two games and went 1-3 this season when throwing an interception. Tebow also fumbled the ball at least one in each of the last six games of the regular season and lost a fumble in the last five games.

Tebow didn't throw an interception or fumble the ball against the Patriots, but that was home. Will he be able to avoid those issues again or will he have divine intervention, like Tom Brady did, to reverse a costly turnover? We'll find out starting at 6:00 p.m. MT.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

It was the New England Patriots who first pumped the brakes on Tebowmania with a 41-23 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 15, but on Saturday, the Broncos will have the opportunity to get the ultimate revenge. If the Broncos intend to advance to the AFC Championship, they'll need to fix some major problems from their first match up.

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For one, Denver will have to slow down the Patriots' vaunted passing game, which ended up overwhelming the Broncos in mid-December. As a team like the New York Giants has shown, arguably the most effective way of doing so is putting pressure on Tom Brady with the defensive line, and the onus will be on Broncos stars Elvis Dumerville and Von Miller to make Brady uncomfortable on Saturday.

Denver will also have to consistently run the ball in order to keep that Patriots offense off the field. After running for over 150 yards in the first quarter of their first match up, the Patriots bottled up Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee, and the Broncos had trouble moving the ball through the air, throwing for only 151 yards.

Game time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2012

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

TV: CBS

Radio: ESPN Radio, Sirius XM 86 (Patriots), 92 (Broncos)

Odds: Patriots favored by 13.5

Over/Under: 50 points

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Denver Rules Out Long Snapper Lonie Paxton, WR Eric Decker

The Denver Broncos suffered a significant blow on Friday afternoon when long snapper Lonie Paxton was declared out for Saturday's 2012 NFL Playoffs game against the New England Patriots. Paxton was excused from the previous two days of practice for personal reasons and the matter is serious enough that he will be unable to play in the game. It is not fair game to speculate on why he will be missing the game. Paxton was snapping the ball on all those field goals Matt Prater made to tie or win games.

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As expected, wide receiver Eric Decker is out for the game after a James Harrison hit to his leg sprained an MCL. Brian Dawkins is listed as doubtful, but his neck injury is a serious concern and will likely be deactivated for the game.

As for Paxton's replacement, Chris Kuper is on injured reserve after his leg injury. The Broncos did work out a couple of long snappers on Thursday, according to Adam Caplan.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Denver Is 2-0 Against New England In Postseason Play

Sure, the Denver Broncos lost to the New England Patriots, 41-23, during the 2011 NFL regular season and have dropped two of the last three regular season games against them (the exception being Josh McDaniels fist-pumping post-victory celebration in 2009), but the team from the Mile High City has defeated the Patriots both times in the NFL Playoffs.

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However, past performance doesn't indicate future results, of course. But for historical purposes, the Broncos faced the Patriots in a divisional game on Jan. 4, 1987 and defeated them, 22-17, at Mile High Stadium. John Elway was just 13-of-32 passing for 257 yards and two interceptions, but he also threw for and rushed for a touchdown. Two more field goals and a safety helped the Broncos prevail. Rulon Jones led the Broncos defense with two of the team's five sacks.

The other game came on, look at that, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, the same date this week's game will take place on. The Broncos, though, were hosting that divisional game and won, 27-13.

Will history be as kind to the Broncos this time around?

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Broncos Vs. Patriots Odds, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Denver Playing As Underdog Against New England By As Many As 2 TDs

The Denver Broncos are out to shock the world again when they continue on the road to the Super Bowl this Saturday. After being underdogs against the Pittsburgh Steelers by nine points on most lines, the Broncos opened as 13 point underdogs against the New England Patriots, according to Odds Shark. At least one line has already moved the line to two full touchdowns.

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The Patriots did beat the Broncos earlier in the season, 41-23. That was at Mile High. This time the Broncos need to head into Gillette Stadium at Foxborough. That is Tom Brady's house, Bill Belichick's domain. Can Tim Tebow deliver another exciting victory for the Broncos?

The over/under for this game might be optimistic at 50.5 points, but much of this still depends on how well Tebow is able to perform. He passed the first playoff test at home, but now he needs to repeat that on the road.

Visit Odds Shark for more NFL Playoff odds and lines. For more on this game, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report and Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. Head over to SB Nation NFL for more coverage of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

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Broncos Vs. Patriots, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Denver Out To Correct Mistakes Of 2011 Game

After climbing the hurdle of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card round, the Denver Broncos won't have any easier task ahead of them next Saturday when they play the New England Patriots in prime time on CBS. The Broncos will need to defeat a Patriots team that beat them several weeks ago and started them on a three-game losing streak to end the season.

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It was not a pretty game, as the Patriots defeated the Broncos, 41-23. Tim Tebow was 11-of-22 passing for 194 yards, but he didn't have any touchdown passes. He was the team's leading rusher with 93 yards and two touchdowns, but that is no formula for success.

But what haunted the team wasn't his performance passing. It was the team's inability to keep hold of the ball. The team committed three turnovers on lost fumbles, one each from Tim Tebow, Lance Ball and the since released Quan Cosby. Tebow did have a second fumble, but the Broncos kept possession of the ball.

Certainly, Tim Tebow showed great strides as a passer against the top pass defense of the Steelers' on Sunday, but will he be able to carry all of that over to the divisional round with him?

For more on this game, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report and Patriots blog Pats Pulpit. Head over to SB Nation NFL for more coverage of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

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