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Broncos lead up to 17 points after longest drive of the season

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The Patriots were able to stop the Broncos from scoring touchdowns on two of their long drives in the first half, but there was not stopping the Broncos to start the third quarter.

Peyton Manning led the Broncos on an 80-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, Manning’s second touchdown throw of the game, and a 20-3 Broncos lead. The Broncos held the ball for nearly half the quarter and registered their longest drive of the season by taking 7:08 off the clock in the process.

As in the first half, third downs were a problem for New England. Manning hit Julius Thomas for one conversion and Montee Ball had another close to the end zone when the Patriots could have again held the Broncos to just three points.

They couldn’t, though, and the Broncos now lead by three scores with the Patriots offense yet to click. If they don’t find their rhythm soon, Denver might be too far out in front for it to make a difference.

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52 Responses to “Broncos lead up to 17 points after longest drive of the season”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 19, 2014 5:01 PM

    Manning is a machine.

  2. donewithfootball says: Jan 19, 2014 5:08 PM

    No will to win. The Pats no They cant win.

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

    DESTROYED ! ! !

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 19, 2014 5:11 PM

    Good so Manning can focus on just saying Omaha for the whole 4th Quarter.

  5. thepftpoet says: Jan 19, 2014 5:12 PM

    This is why the Broncos and the Vikings are the best teams in the NFL.

    I predicted the broncos would go all the way this year, I know way more about football than all of you.

  6. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:12 PM

    well looks like another denver green bay super bowl

  7. the8man says: Jan 19, 2014 5:12 PM

    Broncos just better today.

  8. daggolden says: Jan 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    Manning wont be doing that against Seattle or SF.

  9. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    how come rodgers isnt playing in the 530 game?

  10. bostonian13 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:15 PM

    For another year, the afc championship game changes once Talib is injured.

  11. katejake says: Jan 19, 2014 5:15 PM

    I would like to know how the heck the Pats won 12 games this year because they stink

  12. thepftpoet says: Jan 19, 2014 5:16 PM

    Where are all the Peyton Manning haters who said he would choke in the playoffs?

    LOL Cowards.

  13. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:16 PM

    i’d say manning is just a shade better than aaron (never does anything wrong) rodgers

  14. thelastwordyaheard says: Jan 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    Brady is playing with a bunch of scrubs.. Pats have about 6 All Pros injured.. amazing they even made it this far

  15. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    hey eddie lacy—–hope you’re enjoying the game from your sofa. and mathews and rodgers and the whole rest of the team

  16. dkalev says: Jan 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    dang, tom Brady isn’t getting any help from anyone… I kindve feel bad for the guy

  17. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    Gotta admit, Broncos are beating the crap out of us.

  18. swagger52 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:19 PM

    When was the last time Brady won an away Playoff game? The sycophant announcers never give you that state. Was it the Tuck Rule game?

    How many away playoff wins does Flacco have against Brady in NE…Two and it should have been three.

  19. crabtrap says: Jan 19, 2014 5:20 PM

    Belichick is a dinosaur. Captain tape needs to retire.

  20. craniator says: Jan 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    Where are those boobs who keep kvetching about Denver offensive linemen and all the supposed non calls for holding ? They’ve been called two or three times on this drive alone.

  21. swagger52 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    Boring game…Brady is getting schooled

  22. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 5:24 PM

    20 points ! ! !

  23. arlingtonsynn says: Jan 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    No shame for the Patriots this season. They overachieved this year given the talent they lost from last year.

    On that note… Wes Welker should have been kept.

  24. fearthehoody says: Jan 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    Great overachieving year Pats! May the hoody get the next QB a D that can actually play some D!

    Wasting Tommy’s last decade thinking O wins championships !

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    new england patriots fans are very quiet.

    LOL ! ! !

  26. coffeeblack95616 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:31 PM

    This one is over. Now time for all the excuses for Brady and the disparaging comments about how Manning is lucky and the win was a result of New England’s deficiencies and had nothing to do with Manning’s play.

  27. totallysirius says: Jan 19, 2014 5:32 PM

    New England goes to the hurry up and mysteriously a Bronco gets hurt on every play.

  28. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    tom brady is a choker.

  29. totallysirius says: Jan 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    I’m a Browns fan and I have no love for the Pats but I would support the legions of Hell if they were playing the Broncos

  30. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:40 PM

    i wonder in the super bowl instead of omaha manning will say east rutherford nj?

  31. bonniebengal says: Jan 19, 2014 5:45 PM

    Yep letting Welker walk in free agency was a smart decision…..

  32. 7mantel says: Jan 19, 2014 5:46 PM

    NE Patriot fans will say it’s old news but NE has not won since spy gate !

  33. bostonian13 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:46 PM

    After weeks of saying how great this season has been for the Pats, and that “win or lose” they’ve overachieved this season, all of the haters are out. Keep it coming, no other team in the league can do what Brady and Belichick has done this season.

  34. arwiv says: Jan 19, 2014 5:47 PM

    Brady isn’t getting schooled….the Pats D is getting schooled. Brady has barely been on the field today.

  35. greg2geez says: Jan 19, 2014 5:48 PM

    Brady has been lousy today. Didn’t see that coming.

  36. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 5:50 PM

    Garbage Time Tom

  37. bonniebengal says: Jan 19, 2014 5:59 PM

    And it looks like the streak of no Super Bowls since Spygate will continue.

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2014 5:59 PM

    Great game Broncos fans. You have a great overall team that will compete for years.

    The Pats are still one of the 4 best teams in the league but they’ve overachieved as far as they can this year. Time for Belichick to go out and get a pass rusher and a beast receiver for Brady next year.

  39. vaphinfan says: Jan 19, 2014 6:00 PM

    It was weird watching the pats score a td without getting a pi call but then again denver was in prevent.

  40. bigwii says: Jan 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    I can’t believe Broncos fans saying “no wins since spygate,” but the Broncos haven’t won since they cheated the salary cap, just saying.

  41. swagger52 says: Jan 19, 2014 6:05 PM

    The Patriots wouldn’t be in this many AFC Championship games except for the fact that they play in the AFC East – a very weak division for a long time. It gives them a disproportionate share of home playoff games.

  42. deezenucks says: Jan 19, 2014 6:05 PM

    All week they plug how the 4 best teams all year remain. If you were expecting a epic showdown you were robbed, what an anti climactic champ game, brutal NE. Hopefully the NFC one is better

  43. axespray says: Jan 19, 2014 6:11 PM

    I’d like to see Peyton win another ring.

    If only to shut up new yorkers dumb enough to even think (let along say) that Eli is anywhere near as good as peyton.

    (give Peyton a defense that’s capable of holding Favre/Ryan/Rodgers/Romo/Brady(twice) under 21 points a game.)

  44. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 19, 2014 6:11 PM

    This is what happens to teams that hire murderers.

    KARMA.

  45. steelgaze says: Jan 19, 2014 6:12 PM

    Hey Bonnie when were the bungles in the superbowl last?

  46. kingpel says: Jan 19, 2014 6:12 PM

    Sometimes with all the choker and clutch talk we overlook the obvious. The Broncos were clearly the better team.

  47. leatherface2012 says: Jan 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    no matter who wins the seattle sf game, they dont have a chance cuz they dont have discount double chek. the best qb ever in the history of the league rolls eyes

  48. tmdill18 says: Jan 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    Brady looking old. Peyton looking young. Belicheat getting what he deserves for being a surly cheating miserable excuse for a person.

  49. muleski says: Jan 19, 2014 6:26 PM

    Broncos are without question the best team in the AFC, at this point. Great job today. Manning was tremendous. BUT, BB and Brady have worked magic all season, with all of the injuries, 15 rookies on the roster, and of course the Hernandez fiasco. It’s no surprise that Denver is heading to the Super Bowl; they are the best, and they both proved and earned it. They played a perfect game. But, to be fair, the Patriots deserve a lot of credit as well for even getting to this game. I don’t think they’ll be making excuses for the loss, as there are none. Talib’s injury wasn’t a factor, IMO. Both are great organizations. Broncos are a significantly better team right now.
    And yes, the AFC East is horrific these days.

  50. orangecrush823 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:18 PM

    where is caseyanthonymunoz with his Peyton “one and done” talk?

  51. thefiesty1 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:20 PM

    Excuses, excuses! Seems that Denver was without their best defensive player too (Von Miller) and still held down the mighty Brady. That’s all NE is —- but, but, but.

  52. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 19, 2014 9:02 PM

    How many away playoff wins does Flacco have against Brady in NE…Two and it should have been three.

    Hey toadstool how nanny wins does JumpBallJoe have against Charlie Batch? Stay on topic the Ravens went from a Champs to stinking Chumps really quick….ssshhh

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