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Aqib Talib heads to locker room as Broncos extend lead

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The Patriots lost Alfonzo Dennard for a few plays in the first quarter, but it looks like they’ll be without cornerback Aqib Talib a bit longer than that.

Talib has returned to the locker room after being injured early in the second quarter of the AFC Championship Game. Talib and Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker collided while the Broncos were running a crossing route. There was no flag thrown on Welker, although Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was flagged for offensive pass interference on a similar play earlier in the game.

Talib, who was also injured in last year’s AFC title game, stayed down on the field awaiting medical attention, was examined briefly on the sideline and then taken to the back for further evaluation. The Patriots say he is questionable to return with a rib injury.

The Patriots could have used Talib as the Broncos drove for a touchdown after his departure. Denver converted two long third downs on the drive and Manning hit Jacob Tamme from one-yard out to make the score 10-0 Broncos with 7:50 to play in the first half.

New England came back from a bigger deficit against the Broncos during the regular season, although the loss of Talib for the rest of the afternoon would make any comeback effort a lot more difficult this time around.

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38 Responses to “Aqib Talib heads to locker room as Broncos extend lead”
  1. Shanahammer says: Jan 19, 2014 3:59 PM

    Yeah so nothing on the illegal pick that welker threw???

  2. madcapdawgfan says: Jan 19, 2014 4:00 PM

    Boy, he sure seems to get injured in big games.

  3. sanchock says: Jan 19, 2014 4:01 PM

    I think just being on the road will make any comeback more difficult this time around.

  4. 5150cd says: Jan 19, 2014 4:01 PM

    Ice up, son.

  5. bilk74 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:04 PM

    The picks are only illegal against all but the broncos receivers.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 4:06 PM

    Peyton Manning is going to DESTROY new england.

  7. grabgrabgrab says: Jan 19, 2014 4:06 PM

    “Dear Lord, if just this once you could NOT let Tom Brady win the super bowl, that would be a good thing.”

    - Peyton Manning

  8. gbfanforever says: Jan 19, 2014 4:07 PM

    While he is legitimently injured it seems like both teams have been having “scheduled” injuries

  9. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 19, 2014 4:15 PM

    Dear Lord, if just this once you could let me win the Super Bowl post-spygate, that would be a good thing.”

    - Tom Brady

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 4:16 PM

    The Talib injury is KARMIC RETRIBUTION for the bogus last second pass interference call in Cleveland that stole the home field/bye week from the Cincinnati Bengals.

  11. donny1rodriguez says: Jan 19, 2014 4:19 PM

    Raheem Morris sends no regards.

  12. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:21 PM

    “Talb’s injury happened on a pick play by Wes Welker, who absolutely leveled a defenseless Talib in an attempt to free up Demaryius Thomas.”

    quote from Rotoworld

  13. dvh1100 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:28 PM

    I guess you get real injuries when you play for a real team.

    I cannot wait to listen to Boston Sports Radio tomorrow to listen to all the morose phone calls from the Chowder Heads after this loss.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 4:28 PM

    Isn’t it funny funny that all the new england patriots fans are CRYING about receiver picks and the guy who is doing all the picking is a player who played and set picks in new england for SIX SEASONS.

  15. craniator says: Jan 19, 2014 4:29 PM

    Aqib To leave.

  16. tmdill18 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:29 PM

    Brady choked on 2 wide open receivers. One would have been a touchdown for sure.

  17. unitasftw says: Jan 19, 2014 4:31 PM

    13-3, Peyton please whoop the cheats! ;)

  18. bigwii says: Jan 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    Good thing they didn’t call a penalty on Welker I thought the refs only favored New England. I think karma will get Welker later on.

  19. jrebar88 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:35 PM

    30 minutes until the Pats can hang up their “We were 1-0 against the Broncos in the regular season” banner.

  20. arwiv says: Jan 19, 2014 4:36 PM

    The broncos are definitely getting helped out by the refs (non call on welker and bogus def holding on the 3rd and 1 incomplete pass).

    With that said, the pats are playing way too soft defensively right now.

  21. tedmurph says: Jan 19, 2014 4:39 PM

    If Cincy gets the bye, they just lose 1 wk later. They got smoked at home to the last team to qualify for the playoffs, on the last day of the season. Pathetic.

    Welker didn’t run the same playbook in New England for SIX SEASONS. Hats off to Mr Football. For both the jealousy and lack of knowledge(nolige as they spell it in the midwest,)

  22. kpizzow says: Jan 19, 2014 4:41 PM

    Patriots are done. Ravens abused them last year after Talib went out…and Manning is a bit better than Flacco. Final Broncos 34 – Patriots 17.

  23. deathonwings410 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:41 PM

    Talib with his annual AFC CCG injury.

  24. rubenxx7 says: Jan 19, 2014 4:48 PM

    get him off the sideline he is worthless

  25. doe22us says: Jan 19, 2014 4:50 PM

    Pats fans should relax the game is not over, too much doom and gloom.. Foreshadowing perhaps??

  26. tedmurph says: Jan 19, 2014 5:02 PM

    That TD was probably it. Pats D has played OK, but they keep giving up 3rd and longs, like they have for 5 yrs. Denver commited to stop the run, and dared Brady to beat them with a rookie WR coming off an injury, Amendola, who’s gonna need offseason surgury, a TE they don’t want to throw to and Edelman(who’s had a great yr). Just can’t keep up with Manning’s offense working with that. I know the haters will come out with the ‘Brady choked’ stuff, but he didn’t have much of a chance. But, you never know. It’s Tom Brady

  27. the8man says: Jan 19, 2014 5:03 PM

    Gotta question Talib. Two title games in a row he can’t get out of the first quarter. Is the other team targeting him or is he just soft?

    I dunno how you can stand on the sideline and watch if you have anything in the tank. Then again, I don’t know what the league is making teams do now when guys get a little banged up during a game.

    Lotta questions.

  28. metitometin says: Jan 19, 2014 5:06 PM

    Throw Welker out of the league. Guess he found a way to get back at the Patriots after that illegal cheap shot to Talib. What a disgrace. Guess the NFL has become nothing more than the WWF.

  29. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 5:09 PM

    Denver is DESTROYING new england.

    new england can’t win close ones without referees helping them out with bogus pass interferences.

  30. tedmurph says: Jan 19, 2014 5:11 PM

    I don’t pay Talib either. Between injuries and the gamble of giving this guy money with all his baggage and what happened with Gronk and Hernandez. Might franchise him though.

  31. denverfandownsouth says: Jan 19, 2014 5:26 PM

    Walker came to Denver because they gave him a better chance to win a title. He was right.

  32. righthereisay says: Jan 19, 2014 5:45 PM

    Play of the game.

  33. imeanwhatisay says: Jan 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    Talib gets soft in big games thats how Baltimore won last year

  34. imeanwhatisay says: Jan 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    The game change when talib went out.The old tymers would have to get carried of on a stretcher with the superbowl berth on the line

  35. investwax says: Jan 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Aqib Talib: The Randy Moss of NFL Defense.

    Raw talent,
    No class
    Bad KARMA

    Enjoy him Patriots. He’ll be good to you until his sister dates another moving target.

  36. salutethis says: Jan 19, 2014 7:12 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure Welker has never set a pick while in NE….

  37. raiderapologist says: Jan 19, 2014 8:45 PM

    It was a pick, but you can’t call them all, and Talib needs to be looking out for himself. He said he wasn’t in the NFL until he played for New England, so he should have known that taking him out would be a positive move for Denver.

  38. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jan 19, 2014 11:14 PM

    He said he wasn’t in the NFL until he played for New England, but he hasn’t finished a single quarter since he’s been in a conference championship!

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