Photo credit: Christian Petersen
Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos defense absolutely destroyed the New England Patriots offense in the AFC championship game today at Sports Authority field. The match up that most stuck out in the contest was the Denver Broncos defensive line versus the New England Patriots offensively. Both the Patriots offensive tackles Marcus Cannon and Sebastian Vollmer had a rough outing trying to match up with the Denver pass rusher. It seemed like nearly every snap Brady had a Broncos defender in his face. Causing the 16th year quarterback out of Michigan to put a number of his passes in the dirt. It doesn’t matter how good your quarterback is if you don’t have the pass protection upfront to give that quarterback time to operate he will fail. Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and Demarcus Ware all did their part in eliminating Brady’s comfort in the pocket. Offensively for Denver you have to give credit to Peyton Manning for getting the job done despite his old age. Manning finished the game with 2 touchdowns passes and no interceptions. Outperforming Tom Brady who had 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Turnovers kill your team and Manning did a great job of not turning the ball over through the air. Denver also did a much better job of utilizing the running game. The Broncos were able to rush for 99 yards as a team compared to the Patriots 44 yards as team. The Broncos were fundamentally a better football team. They ran the ball better and they played better defense. It’s very uncharacteristic to see Belichick get away from those football values. Ultimately that cost the Patriots down the stretch. As much as you can say the Patriots game plan was off though. You still have to give credit to the Broncos and their front office. They put a superior team on the field talent wise than New England. They were truly the most complete team in the AFC.
Charity of the day: National Osteoporosis Foundation
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