The Second Date. . . Broncos Patriots Playoff Preview

Posted: January 12, 2012 by Kodi in NFL

The Mile High Messiah returns for his second date in Massachusetts

The Broncos travel to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Who has more pressure on them to win this game Brady or Tebow???

It is hard to believe that the New England Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since 2007 and although they are playing at home they are facing the Mile High Messiah. Tebowmania will continue as the Denver Broncos advanced to face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro,MA after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers with “The Play”. It was an 80 yard passing TD and Tebow became the first QB to throw for over 300 yards against the league’s best pass defense since Tom Brady did it in November of 2010. It was the Broncos first playoff win since Denver beat the Pats in the Divisional round of the 2005 playoffs.

In that game Tom Brady threw for 341 yards 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions and he hasn’t thrown for more than 300 yards since their matchup in 2005. Brady has thrown for over 300 yards just twice in his 19 game playoff career but he hasn’t done it in 8 games and his team has lost their last 3 playoff games. Brady has thrown for 719 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in those 3 losses but one game tallied 3 of those interceptions. Since throwing 2 picks against the Broncos he has played in 8 games and in 3 of those games he threw 3 picks, 2 of which came at home. Brady was unbelievable in his first 10 games winning 3 Super Bowls but that 11th game was against Denver and including that game Brady and the Patriots are 4-5 since then. This game means a lot to the Book of Tebow but one could easily argue that this is more important to Brady and the Pats because their dynasty may be dead.

As much as people talk about Tebowmania there are also great stories about the legend of the hoodie Bill Belichick. It’s interesting to see that he is 4-10 against Denver in his coaching career going 4-6 during his time with the Pats, impressive as he is 135-47 against all other teams in that time. He did however add a victory to that record earlier this season when he beat Tebow and the Broncos in Denver 41-23 after trailing 16-7 in the 2nd quarter. The Broncos did everything they could to shoot themselves in the foot turning the ball over 3 times in the final few minutes of the half and practically giving the Patriots 13 points and their first lead of the game. The Broncos fate had been sealed and they were unable to create any late game Tebow magic but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the postseason.

It doesn’t bode well for either team as certain numbers stack against each other but it will be interesting to see how well the Broncos will do in Gillette Stadium. Tebow is 5-1 on the road this season but the Patriots are 24-3 in their last 27 but we know how they haven’t performed well in the playoffs. Denver has won the only 2 playoff match-ups between these teams but if Tom Brady plays like he has something to prove he has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski had the greatest season any TE has ever had in the NFL catching 90 balls for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns. Backup TE Aaron Hernandez was no benchwarmer catching 75 balls for 910 yards and 7 touchdowns of his own. Wes Welker had the 4th most receptions, 122, for the 20th most yards in the NFL with 1569 and added 9 touchdowns.

Denver has the ability to win this game if they limit their turnovers and control the ball with the best rushing offense in the NFL. They had 167 rushing yards in the first quarter against the Patriots in their regular season game while the Pats had just 8. Denver finished the game with 252 rushing yards but fumbled the ball 4 times and lost 3 of them. The Pats had 141 rushing yards the 4th highest total of their regular season and committed no turnovers. While Tom Brady threw for 320 yards 2 touchdowns and snuck one in from the 1 yard line. New England has the 20th ranked rush offense and the 2nd ranked passing offense so we are likely to see Brady beat the Broncos and not Benjarvis Green-Ellis or Danny Woodhead.

Tim Tebow makes me want to believe but I am torn between following the hype and hope that beams from Tebowmania or do I stick with a prolific QB in a systematic offense created by one of the best Head Coaches in NFL history, oh an they’re playing at home. I want to pick a Tebow upset but my brain will not let my heart lead us down a slippery slope, just think if Tebow does win and keeps winning? I heard earlier this week that Tebow has already surpassed every other player on this earth as the United States favorite athlete. Pretty pathetic but the kid has me wrapped around his finger, although I remember feeling the same way about Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers. I’m sure there are plenty New Englander’s who still feel the same way about Brady and I am going to make them happy by taking the Golden Boy and the Pats 35-31, or Tebow 27-21 while Brady throws 3 picks.

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