Quarterback Tim Tebow was supposed to own the 4th quarter to steal another last minute victory for the Denver Broncos, however the jaws of defeat got the better of Tebow as the New England Patriots recorded a 41-23 win at the Sports Authority Field on Sunday. With this defeat the Broncos are 8-6 in the league.
On the other hand, the Patriots clinched the AFC title with this victory. They are also guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Patriots’ last two games of the season are scheduled against the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots are 11-3 and expected to win their following two encounters. Head coach Bill Belichick is proud of Patriots’ form.
“It's great to come out here (Denver) and win,” Belichick stated in his news conference after the game. “That was a real good win for our football team. Give the players all the credit. They did a real good job today against a good football team. Coach (John) Fox has done a great job with the Broncos. They are playing really well and they were certainly a lot for us to handle. But, give our guys credit. We fought back and made plenty of plays to win in all three phases of the game. I'm just really proud of the way they responded to the challenge. They stepped up and played good football today. Really happy about the win. They did a great job this week.”
The Brady bunch had another successful night in the offense, however it was Patriots’ defensive line that helped in amounting a massive score. Turnovers were of great assistance to Patriots’ victory. Belichick told reporters that opportunism was the key to their victory.
“It's always good to be able to get the ball out a couple times and then offensively we were able to capitalize on a couple of opportunities,” Belichick said. “We had a good, long drive there after Denver had scored a second time and that gave us a chance to settle down a little bit on defense. Of course getting the three points at the end of the half - that was good, too. But all the way around I just thought we played...we didn't get off to a great start but our second series offensively, I mean our first series was fine and after the second series we really settled down and other than a couple plays here and there we did a good, solid job.”
Defeating the Broncos in the best form has proved that the Patriots can be one of the teams playing in the Super Bowl this season. On the other hand, the Green Bay Packers are the most likely team to become one of the contenders for the Championship. The Packers are also favorites to win the competition, nonetheless all NFL teams have learnt never to underestimate Belichick and Co. over the past couple of years.