Life in New England was predominantly bleak for the Denver Broncos as they lost to the New England Patriots 45-10.
You know in Old School when Will Ferrell says “earmuffs,” and his kid covers his own ears so that Farrell can curse? Well, there was a new phenomenon started in Denver this evening called “blindfold.”
No one should have had to witness that killing.
The Broncos came out of the gates limp, while the Pats came out loaded. They put their recent January woes on the chowder pot back burner by putting this game away by halftime with a score of 35-7.
The Broncos far exceeded expectations this season which is probably the reason why so many thought that they would perform better against the Patriots Saturday night.
Instead all three phases of the game fumbled, dropped passes, missed tackles, and blew assignments.
Apparently only Broncos’ miracles happen on Sundays.
Tom Brady poured the proverbial can of spinach down his offense’s throat as the unit had 509 yards of total offense. Brady went 26-for-34 for 363 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Make that 18 consecutive games post season where Brady had a touchdown pass, which is the second most in NFL history (Brett Favre holds the record with 22).
Brady’s favorite target of the night was none other than the league’s regular season touchdown leader, Rob Gronkowski. The Broncos got Gronk’d by his three touchdown receptions and 145 yards. Deion Branch added 3 receptions for 85 yards including a 61-yard score.
The Patriots were just as relentless as their fans who were mockingly chanting “Te-bow, Te-bow, Te-bow” early in the third quarter. The Pats continued to run a no huddle offense up 42-7 late in the game.
Te-bow took his final bow of the season. He ended the day going 9-for-26 for 136 yards. It’s a good thing the Broncos are getting new orange uniforms next year. Tebow’s white jersey is permanently stained by New England turf after being sacked ? times.
Willis McGahee was one of the few bright spots of the game with 17 carries for 76 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s clear that the Patriots were well prepared for the Broncos rushing attack, however. They forced the Broncos into negative yardage more than a dozen times.
The tailgate scene outside Gillette Stadium was highlighted by fires, warming the hands of hearty New Englanders while the Patriots warmed their hearts. The Broncos, meanwhile, simply got burned. The secondary looked like they had their own blindfold on trying to cover New England’s tight ends.
Like the customary firing of the New England musket, the Broncos were one and done in the playoffs. But you know what? That’s okay. Taking a team that was 4-12 last season to 8-8 and advancing past the wild card round in the playoffs is plenty for the Broncos to build on.
The Patriots may have won this round, but the Broncos won the AFC West and they took out the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers along the way.
As much as this loss hurts, we have to realize that sometimes heartache is the price we pay for love. It’s not permanent, only temporary.
And who doesn’t love this Broncos team?