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Tom Brady, Patriots Extinguish Tim Tebow’s Fire In 41-23 Victory Over Broncos

Tebow: 'We're Going To Stay Positive, Motivated'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS Denver/AP) The magic Tim Tebow displayed during his storied career at the University of Florida and seemingly began to conjure up again this 2011 season may have finally fizzled.

This time, there was no last-minute rally. This time, when Tebow took the field late in the game, the fans who have grown accustomed to his fourth quarter heroics were long gone and the outcome long decided.

No Tebow Time. Now, it’s time to regroup.

The New England Patriots took advantage of three second-quarter turnovers in a win on Sunday that allowed them to clinch the AFC East.

And while this loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Broncos (8-6), they still retain their lead in the AFC West courtesy of Detroit’s comeback victory in Oakland.

Still, with their first loss since Oct. 30, the Broncos face a tougher path to the playoffs, with a trip to Buffalo next weekend and then a season finale against Kansas City, which ended Green Bay’s 19-game winning streak Sunday behind Kyle Orton, the player Tebow supplanted in Denver.

“We showed today that we’re not ready to go to the playoffs and make a push,” Champ Bailey said. “We’ve got to get better and we only have two or three weeks to do it. If we don’t, then we’ll be sitting home in the playoffs.”

It was a wake-up call for this team, which has been so reliant on late-game heroics.

But Brady made sure there wasn’t any late dramatics for Tebow and the Broncos. Brady put this game out of reach with an efficient and effective performance, completing 23 of 34 passes for 320 yards and two scores. He also ran for another.

The Broncos even took away his security blanket in tight end Rob Gronkowski.

No matter, Brady turned to his other tight end, Aaron Hernandez, who had a huge game as he set career highs in catches (nine) and yards (129).

“When you don’t play smart against a team like that, they take advantage of you,” rookie safety Quinton Carter said. “When you make those mistakes against a team of that caliber, and a quarterback like that, with the history like that and the coaches they have, you won’t win. Simple as that. As close as it was, we played horrible.”

The Broncos got off to a quick start, too. That’s been a rarity since Tebow stepped under center; the Broncos have scored just six times in 49 first-half possessions since Tebow took over.

But they converted on three straight drives Sunday, keeping up with the high-scoring Patriots (11-3).
Then, the turnovers hit.

Up 16-14, Denver turned the ball over three times, leading to 13 points by the Patriots. That stretch pretty much ended any shot of Tebow coming through at crunch time. The Broncos had simply dug themselves too deep of deficit.

“Turnovers killed us,” said running back Lance Ball, who had one of the fumbles in the second quarter. “Should’ve held onto it.”
Returner Quan Cosby was kicking himself as well after the game. Cosby had a costly fumble just before halftime, when he ran up to field a punt only to have it clang off his hands. The Patriots recovered and Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 34-yard field goal as the first half expired.

“Man, it was one of those nights,” Cosby said. “Fortunately, we’re still in the hunt. Fortunately, we can correct it. Tomorrow is a new day. I think that’s the attitude everyone is going to take, especially me. Get back to work because we still have a lot of our goals in store and we’re ready to go after them.”

That was Tebow’s thoughts as well.

“I definitely feel we’re all right,” he said. “We’ve got two big games. We’ll prepare extremely hard. We’re excited where we’re at, we’re going to stay positive and stay motivated.”

It was a solid performance for Tebow in spite of the loss. He made plays with his feet, rushing for 93 yards, and threw for another 194. But he also had a costly fumble in the second quarter.

“We definitely have to be consistent. That’s something we can improve on,” Tebow said. “If we don’t have those turnovers, we can have that balance of run-pass and hopefully keep them on their heels a little bit. It’s something we have to improve on.”
After the game, Tebow met up with Brady and midfield, the two exchange a few words.

“He was very complimentary. He was very nice,” Tebow said of his conversation with Brady. “What a great quarterback. What a class act. For a lot of young quarterbacks, he does a lot of things to look up to and emulate.”

Notes: Broncos RB Willis McGahee finished with 70 yards and is now 10 shy of 1,000 for the season. … McGahee was hobbled in the game by a left leg injury. … Ball’s 32-yard TD run was the first rushing score of his career. … Unblocked around the end, DE Elvis Dumervil had a bone-crunching sack of Brady late in the game. “He got me pretty good,” Brady said.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  1. Scm says:

    Tim Tebow has the potential to be a great QB.

    Steve

    1. Japes Macfarland says:

      So do you, Steve.

      1. Patriotic1 says:

        Ha, hater!

      2. John Lindsay says:

        aaahhhh. No. That would be wrong.

  2. Flannigan says:

    It looks like this week God took the points & the Patriots.

  3. mike says:

    The loss had nothing to do with Tebow. Tom Brady made the Broncos D look like amateurs.

    1. Bubba says:

      The wins had as much to do with Tebow as the loses.

  4. Matt says:

    “What a great QB. What a class act.” I love the way guys like Tebow and Brady are changing the tone in professional football.

    1. Brad says:

      well said. I’m sure Brady told him something like don’t get to high or low, they say a lot of stuff about a lot of things

  5. Tommy says:

    Tebow played a great game overall. And hey, CBS, Tebow has not fizzled out! Brady is the best there is right now. The Denver defense looked about like our Cowboys defense in the previous 2 games. Denver will be in the playoffs.

  6. Richard Brady Wells says:

    @Matt… I agree. The QBs sound like growups and the sports media sounds like spoiled kids. I can’t believe the tone of this article; it’s almost like the writer is trying to be the understaker for the Broncos’ season! So many people need to remember that, no matter what his faith is, Tebow is still a fresh-starting QB and he’s going to make mistakes. I was impressed by the game, and I could see that Brady was taking the game very serioiusly… Both QBs brought their A-game, it was really the team and experience level that made all the difference here.

    1. Lindsey says:

      Yes it is. There’s a backlash coming though. The “common people” are going to get fed up eventually, and the new media will lead the way to bringing back journalism with integrity.

      Tebow is going to do some great things out there. He’s from my neck of the woods and I’m kinda jealous y’all Westerners got him. I can’t wait for the eventual Tim Tebow/Cameron Newton match-up. That will be a game to see.

      1. Jake Steed says:

        yeah Lindsey right…the backlash is against the fake Hollywood endings that people like yourself are trying to force on sports instead of letting the players play according to ability. Tebow is a good QB but not a great one in any way at the moment.

  7. Kent says:

    You can’t blame Tebow for this this loss – he played an awesome game. The Pat passing attack is just that good, and the Denver secondary is just – not so good.

  8. Brad says:

    Tim Tebow has the potential to be a great tight end

  9. Brad says:

    pats defense gives up less points per game then the touted jets defense and the favorite Packers.
    there just soft in the middle
    zone D gets tougher in the redzone when there is no soft spot to throw behind.

  10. DavidH says:

    According to the Daily Rash, the Broncos signed Jesus to a very lucrative contract last week to help them get to the Super Bowl. I wonder what happened? http://www.thedailyrash.com/jesus-christ-signs-100-million-contract-with-denver-broncos

  11. Jesusland says:

    Tim Tebow, don’t change a thing. We like you just as you are.

    1. Lindsey says:

      Exactly. I live in Florida and remember watching Tebow play. I hated him in college because I don’t like UF but the guy has a good character, he’s exciting to watch and he can play. I’m a Tebow fan now and I’ll Tebow with everyone else.

  12. Lindsey says:

    AP plagiarized this article.

    CBS Denver: Still, with their first loss since Oct. 30, the Broncos face a tougher path to the playoffs, with a trip to Buffalo next weekend and then a season finale against Kansas City, which ended Green Bay’s 19-game winning streak Sunday behind Kyle Orton, the player Tebow supplanted in Denver.

    AP: With their first loss since Oct. 30, the AFC West-leading Broncos face a tougher path to the playoffs, with a trip to Buffalo next week followed by a season finale against Kansas City, which ended Green Bay’s 19-game winning streak Sunday behind Kyle Orton, the player Tebow replaced in Denver.

    A few words are different, but it’s close enough.

    1. Jack says:

      Lindsey – read the entire article from the headline on down. It was a CBS/AP article:

      ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS Denver/AP)
      (TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

      1. Lindsey says:

        That’s true Jack. I may be mistaken, I went off the post times. This article was posted before the AP article. I didn’t see an author listed for this one, but Arnie Stapleton wrote the AP article.

  13. Japes Macfarland says:

    Good catch! Journalism is joke these days, and new media shines the light on their laziness and dishonesty and leftist filtering everyday, these days.🙂

  14. Dufus Article says:

    Wow. I must have missed Tebow playing on defense and returning punts and kickoff’s.

  15. Catherine Crabill says:

    Tim Tebow is an extraordinary young man, full of grace in victory and defeat. I am a fan forever! God is not through with the Denver broncos this year!

  16. Scratch says:

    I think Jesus really dropped the ball on this one.

  17. Cassandra251 says:

    Interesting how the article keeps mentioning Denver’s turnovers, but doesn’t explain how they’re Tebow’s fault. In fact, way, way down toward the end of the article it says that Tebow had a pretty good game in spite of the loss. You just can’t get away from media bias, even in sports.

  18. ScottinVa says:

    “The magic Tim Tebow displayed during his storied career at the University of Florida and seemingly began to conjure up again this 2011 season may have finally fizzled.”
    Oh, you so hope, right? Whew… now that annoying Christian kid won’t be permeating the sports news. What a relief, huh?
    Leave it to CBS to jump on the “Tebow-is-finished” bandwagon. The guy is 7-2 as a starter! John Elway and Brett Favre would’ve been quite happy with that kind of professional rollout.

  19. Bubba says:

    Big Ben of the Steelers had a better rookie season and you know which side he is playing for.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/big_ben_rape_tape_Ur7UMt9Fg7pT8QbVBzLMTI

  20. percy j says:

    Since the Bronco’s Defense under Coach Fox got the credit for winning the previous 6 games for the Broncos, why don’t they get the credit for losing this one?
    How come the 2nd best Defense Team (Bron) allowed Brady to even ‘rush’? How come the 2nd worst Defense Team (Pats) was allowed to sack Tebow 3 times?
    Send Toxic Fox back to Carolina…According to their LB-QB Newt, they need a ‘winning’ Defense coach.

  21. Fishsnot says:

    This just proves one thing: Tom Brady IS THE ANTI-CHRIST!!!!

  22. Journ Al Ist says:

    All that and no mention of the score. That has to be the second most important point of a post-game article- right after who won. Get a checklist of things that must be mentioned in every post game article and use it. You’ll make a better grade this semester.

  23. YoYo says:

    The Broncos will gain confidence from this game. Just 2 months ago they were a team in total disarray after the McDaniel disaster. Now they are in control of their own destiny with 2 games left. Tebow keeps getting better. And they proved they can play with the best – at least until the 3 fumbles. The key to winning was no turnovers and putting pressure on Brady. They blew both but that’s been the strength all year.

    As a Bronco fan I was thinking maybe 4-12 before the season started. Now I’m on cloud 9.

  24. Morris says:

    It is suppose to be that the defense was tremendous, but there is the intangible “phenomenon Tebow”. I guess that deserves discussion about what the Broncos record would have Kyle Orton continued to play. It looked like a losing team with Orton. The D is great, but Tebow say what someone should get some credit for the 7-1. QB is usually judged by victory and defeat plain and simple. The numbers may not be there but the most important. Now this could be the Trent Dilfer argument again, but these reimbursements fourth quarter just make the discussion more interesting.anyway, for more news, we can visit http://www.tebowformvp.com/… thanx

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