Broncos vs. Patriots: Tom Brady Is Reality
Tim Tebow is a man of passion; he wears it on his sleeves and uses it to win games. At the end of the day, passion eventually dulls and reality sets in. Tom Brady is reality.
After all the talk about how bad the New England defense is and how the running game will never hold up, the Patriots ended up with the best record in the AFC. This is not a coincidence or a stroke of luck, it is the byproduct of years of working together between Brady and Belichick.
The Patriots missed the playoffs the year following Brady’s knee injury, then lost its playoff opener at home each of the next two seasons. But do not forget Belichick and Brady combined for a 14-2 postseason record and three Super Bowl wins before New England was denied a perfect season by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Tebow stunned Pittsburgh with four passes of at least 30 yards as the Broncos scored 20 straight points in the second quarter, then landed the ultimate blow with an 80-yard touchdown strike to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.
Both Tebow and Thomas, who had 204 yards receiving Sunday, were drafted in the first round in 2010 by McDaniels, the Broncos’ head coach at the time and now offensive assistant coach with the Pats. McDaniels’ tenure in Denver got off to a rousing start with six straight wins to begin the 2009 season, but he was fired after the team lost 17 of the next 22.
Brady is in his 12th season and is not at all battling nerves as this game approaches. Though we were one of the first sites promoting Tebow as a legitimate NFL quarterback, we cannot overlook the fact that the Patriots still have possibly the best QB to step on the field. We like New England in this one, by 10.