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Patriots Dictate Broncos Every Move in Divisional Playoff Round

Tom Croke SMI

The Patriots welcomed the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional round at home with open arms this Saturday night, and it showed throughout the entire game. Opposed to the Patriots’ first half performance against the Broncos during this regular season, the Patriots started off fast. It only took Tom Brady four plays to lead the Patriots down the field into Denver territory on opening drive and on the very next play, Wes Welker broke the plane for a seven yard touchdown grab, capping off the eighty yard drive. That’s not all that was broke however; Tom Brady went on to break the Patriots franchise record for most passing yards in a postseason game (363) as well as most touchdown passes thrown in a single postseason game (6). Brady is now tied for first place along with Steve Young and Daryle Lamonica for the most touchdown passes thrown in a single postseason game of all time!

The Patriots kept the heat on throughout the entire contest and Tim Tebow’s option styled offense wasn’t enough of an option to mount a comeback against the high flying Patriots. Broncos’ cornerback Champ Bailey said it best after the game, “He’s been around the block a few times (Brady). He knows how to win game. If you’re not ready to punch him in the mouth, he’s going to eat you up all night.” Denver’s defense usually relies on DE Elvis Dumervil and rookie LB Von Miller to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks but in this game they couldn’t get to Brady once. Dumervil and Miller combined for just one assisted tackle on the entire day.

Despite throwing an early interception in the game, Tom Brady played magnificent throughout and so did the rest of the New England Patriots for that matter. Oh yeah, Bill O'Brien's play calling wasn't too shabby neither gang, we can put those distraction rumors to bed now! The Patriots were giving up an average of twenty-two points a game to their opponents this regular season but so far this postseason, they’ve given up an average of only ten! The New England Patriots took care of business and hopefully they can keep it doing next week as they stay at home to take on the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game.

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