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Brady, Pats Slow Down Tebow, Broncos 41-23

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New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) runs off the field after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 18. (AP)
New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (85) runs off the field after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 18. (AP)

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shut down Tim Tebow and clinched a playoff berth with a 41-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The Patriots (11-3) won their sixth straight game and another AFC East title by bouncing back from an early 17-6 deficit and an awful first quarter in which they were outgained on the ground 167 yards to 4.

This time, there was no last-minute magic from Tebow, Denver's enigmatic quarterback who had guided the Broncos (8-6) to four straight fourth-quarter comebacks and six straight wins.

Instead of another slow start followed by a fantastic finish, the Broncos started out fast and then fizzled. They scored on their first three possessions and then were done in by a trio of second-quarter turnovers.

This program aired on December 18, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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