One of the keys to the recent success for the Denver Broncos has been avoiding turning the ball over. In this matchup with the New England Patriots, the Broncos have witnessed the importance of taking care of the football, as three key fumbles have allowed the Patriots to jump out to a 27-16 halftime lead.
A strong start by Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense helped Denver jump out to an early 13-7 lead. However, since the strong start, the Patriots have controlled the game, using a dominant performance from Tom Brady to grab the lead. Brady completed 12/21 for 171 yards and 2 TD's in the opening half. Aaron Hernandez has been the primary weapon for the Patriots, with six catches for 81 yards.
The Broncos run game delivered in the opening half, as Willis McGahee and Lance Ball combined for 119 yards on just 13 carries. While Denver was able to get its rushing game going, Tebow only managed to throw for 68 yards against the struggling New England secondary. Demaryius Thomas was the main weapon for Tebow in the passing game, making three catches for 39 yards.