Down 35-7 at the half, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow needed a miracle to send his team to the AFC championship. Sacked five times by an aggressive New England defense and picked apart by a marvelous performance by Tom Brady, Tebow was unable to deliver any magic in a 45-10 Patriots win.
Brady's five first half touchdowns, a new NFL playoff record, three to tight end Rob Gronkowski, fueled the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff encounter. The victory sends them to an AFC championship match-up against the winner of the Houston/Baltimore game next week.
After 170 first half passing yards last week against the Steelers, Tebow, with 42 combined yards, fumbled and was sacked twice through the game's first two quarters. The only Bronco to produce any significant offense in the first half was Willis McGahee, who scored the team's only TD and rushed for 68.
Denver's defense was worse. Brady worked the middle of the field and terrorized Broncos linebackers at will. T...