Found December 20, 2011 on
What difference can 15 minutes make? In the world of NFL football the answer for the Denver Broncos is, a lot. That is especially true when your opponent is the vaunted New England Patriots.
In the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the Broncos turned the ball over three times, executed only seven offensive plays for 42 yards, surrendered 151 yards to the Patriots’ Tom Brady-led offense and allowed New England to hang 20 points on the scoreboard.
Denver (8-6) fell to New England (11-3) by a final score of 41-23.
The Broncos’ repeated second quarter mistakes ultimately proved their undoing. Call it a learning experience for the young Broncos.
Playing a team whose offense operates with the precision of a Swiss watch allows no room for such ineptitude, even if for only 15 minutes.
“The turnovers were really the big difference. You're not going to be minus-three against the New England Patriots and win very many ball games,” said Denver Head Coach John Fox after the game...
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DENVER — On Sunday afternoon, Lance Ball joined a long line of Denver Broncos running backs with a simple gesture. No one's comparing him to two-time Super Bowl-winner Terrell Davis or even current starter Willis McGahee, but there was Ball planting his feet in the grass and doing the Mile High ...
By Tim BrittonDENVER -- It's been a wild start to the game here in Denver, with both offenses moving the ball well in the opening period. The Broncos lead the Patriots 16-7, having scored on all three possessions thus far.
Denver has done its damage on the ground, gashing the Pats for well over 100 yards in the first quarter. Willis McGahee, Lance Ball and even third-stringer...
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Lance Ball, RB, Broncos (2.6 percent)
Week 15 stats: 11 rec, 64 yards, 1 TD
If Willis McGahee's hamstring forces him to sit out a game, the Broncos will have no qualms giving Ball a heavy workload. The Broncos week 16 opponent (Bills) just allowed 203 yards to Reggie Bush. What's the over/under on the amount they give up to Denver, 250 yards?
Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos breaks a tackle against outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
After scoring on three straight drives on the way to a 16-17 lead over the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos literally...
The Broncos went up against the big boys and did not measure up in the least, losing to New England, 41-23.
Even in a loss, though, Tim Tebow was fantastic from a Fantasy perspective. He only had 194 yards and no TDs passing, but had 93 yards and 2 TDs rushing. Lance Ball had 64 yards and a score on the ground as well, and Willis McGahee added 70 yards rushing. McGahee...
Despite bending early — especially on the defensive side of the ball — the New England Patriots showed that the key to getting past whatever specific comeback magic Tim Tebow possesses is to put the Denver Broncos into a hole that not even Tebow can get them out of. And that's precisely what the Pats did, to the tune of a 41-23 loss that gave the 11-3 Pats the best record...