Tom Brady made sure Tebow Time never arrived on Sunday.
The New England Patriots are back in the playoffs as the AFC East champions after humbling Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos 41-23.
Despite allowing an astronomical 167 yards rushing in the first quarter and trailing 16-7, the Patriots rallied behind 320 yards passing and two scoring tosses from the lesser romanticized quarterback in this contest, Tom Brady.
New England’s defense, which began the game in turnstile mode, finally came alive in the second quarter. They forced fumbles from running back Lance Ball and Tebow.
Then, with just three seconds left in the first half Broncos punt returner Quan Cosby inexplicably fielded a punt, which he promptly muffed. Cosby’s mistake led to a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to close the first half and gave the Pats a 27-16 halftime edge.
The Patriots put Tebow in chase mode in the second half and he simply didn’t have the ammunition to match up with the 11-3 Patriots.
New England claimed its third straight AFC East crown and at the moment, hold the best record in the AFC.
Meanwhile, the Broncos still lead the AFC West with an 8-6 mark but wins by San Diego and Kansas City make Denver’s road to the postseason a bit more arduous.