AFC Divisional Playoffs
New England Patriots (13-3)
Denver Broncos (8-8)
8:00 P.M. EST
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow did something last week that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not been able to do over the last few seasons: He won a home playoff game. Of course, Brady has won far more than his fair share (especially if you ask the Raiders) of playoff games and is the owner of three Super Bowl rings. Brady's team is also heavily favored tonight in Foxboro.
Last weekend, the Patriots were in the same position as most football fans. They were at home -- thanks to earning a bye in the opening round as the No. 1 seed in the AFC -- watching Tebow author another stunning chapter in his amazing season. In the climactic moments of the Wild Card triumph, Tebow made the Steelers pay dearly for not respecting his ability to throw the ball. Will the Patriots make the same mistake? Or, will Brady and the offense score enough points that his team's defense hardly figures?
During the regular season, the Patriots ranked just behind the league-leading Saints in terms of yard per game and points per game. Piloting that prolific offense, Brady joined Drew Brees and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season.
While some fans are willing to attribute miraculous powers to Tebow, no one is going out on a limb to say he is a passer on par with Brady. And that may be the only attribute that will matter today. When these two teams met during the regular season, the Patriots hung up 41 points on the Broncos' defense while Tebow only managed 23 points -- the same number his team had heading into OT against the Steelers.
Do the Broncos have the defense or the firepower to keep up?
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01/15/2012 1:32 AM EST
@ donnabrazile :
#Tebow fans. I feel your pain because it hurts like hell. But, God must be more interested in saving souls than winning football games.
01/14/2012 11:25 PM EST
That Does It...
Clock is running out and everyone is on the field. PATRIOTS WIN
01/14/2012 11:25 PM EST
Simms and Nantz warning people off criticizing Tebow, saying he A) has overcome adversity before and B) is main reason for Broncos turnaround. I wonder how Defense feels about B...
01/14/2012 11:24 PM EST
Ball gets it on the ground. Broncos must just want to keep ball away from Patriots and kill this game themselves.
01/14/2012 11:23 PM EST
Ball picked up 8 before the stoppage. It's 3rd and 3 when we get back.
01/14/2012 11:21 PM EST
Backin' On Up
Ball tackled for a loss.. again. 2nd and 11 at Denver 4.
01/14/2012 11:20 PM EST
Brady quick punts, pinning Broncos deep. Von Miller shoves a player after then it's on as scrum shifts toward sideline. Flags on Broncos back them up to their own 5.
01/14/2012 11:17 PM EST
Brady Punts.. And We've Got A FIGHT!!!
This is a total farce now.
01/14/2012 11:15 PM EST
Simms Defending Belichick
His logic, by exposing your stars to injury by playing them you're actually making injuries less likely.
01/14/2012 11:14 PM EST
This dude is getting carries but Brady is still handing off?