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Patriots 34 Broncos 23, 5:20 4th quarter Is it just me, or are there few things in football more exhilarating than a well-executed stiff-arm from a ball-carrier moving at top speed. Hernandez throws Rahim Moore off like a rag doll as he takes a short pass over the middle and turns it into a 22-yard gain, all the way down to the Denver one-yard line.
Patriots 34 Broncos 23, 7:50 4th quarter It was loud at Mile High as New England started this drive, but that's a pretty good way to quieten the home crowd down: Brady making the short completion to Gronkowski and then watching as the tight end sprints away for the best part of 40 yards to the Denver 38. Seriously, how many people on the planet could move like that at 265lbs? He made the Broncos' D look like they were running treacle.
Patriots 34 Broncos 23, 8:41 4th quarter Prater booms his kick straight out the back of the endzone. As is his wont.
TOUCHDOWN! Patriots 34 Broncos 23, 8:41 4th quarter Tebow powers over the line himself from two yards out. This couldn't really happen, could it?
Patriots 34 Broncos 16, 8:46 4th quarter A rather less impressive pass for Tebow on the next play -- the ball wobbling about five yards through the air on the way to Lance Ball after Tebow had rolled out to his left -- but the outcome is much the same, the running back taking it for another 30 yards before he is finally pulled down by two defenders at the two-yard line. Kyle Arrington stays down hurt after the play, so we'll have a brief injury time-out.
Patriots 34 Broncos 16, 9:20 4th quarter Tebow Time! This is it now, right? On third and 18 and coming off a sack on the previous play, Tebow airs it out, launching a 39-yard precision strike to Demaryius Thomas down the right sideline. That was a seriously impressive throw, right when it was needed most.
Patriots 34 Broncos 16, 11:19 4th quarter Yikes. Our CBS commentary team were just reflecting on the fact Brady had been sacked only once in this game, when Elvis Dumervil comes around the right side of the New England line and delivers a textbook hit on the quarterback, blowing him off his feet and about a foot up in the air on second down at the Denver 49. And yet Brady is straight back on his feet to find Edelman on third and 16, even if the receiver can't make up enough for a first down. Frankly I'm surprised he can still stand, let alone complete passes. Mesko's punt is fielded by Royal at the Denver 7, and it looked as though he may have some room to make a return before Slater laysy himself out for a tap tackle at full stretch to bring him down before he even gets started.
Patriots 34 Broncos 16, 13:56 4th quarter A display of pure undistilled Tebow on the first play of the final quarter, as the Denver signal caller is almost sacked in the end zone, then drops the ball, then recovers it and manages to get a pass off before he is hit again. Unfortunately his attempt falls incomplete. On third down he calls his own number, but can only make up 10 of the 14 yards required. Edelman returns Colquitt's punt to the New England 40. "Bucket list - Lions tour, preferably in New Zealand," writes Olly Bevan. "The fact that it's a few years hence gives me a chance to save for the next one."
End of third quarter: Patriots 34 Broncos 16 A nine-yard gain for McGahee on first down is wiped out by a holding penalty, and the quarter ends with Ball getting stuffed for no gain on his own four-yard line. It'll be second and 14 when play resumes.
Patriots 34 Broncos 16, 0:36 3rd quarter Crosby is really not having a good day, is he? The returner muffs his …