The Patriots’ defense didn’t show up in the first half and Denver took advantage of that, scoring early and often to get a huge lead that allowed them to cruise in the second half. The Patriots attempted to come back, but they fell short in their effort and Denver clinched their place in Super Bowl XLVIII with a 26-16 win.
John Fox’s team was solid on both ends of the field and they deserved to win, but this wouldn’t have happened if the offense hadn’t clicked as they did today.
The Broncos scored in six of their eight offensive drives and Peyton Manning was at his best offensively, spreading the field constantly and connecting with his receivers early and often. The star QB completed 32 of his 43 throws and finished the game with 400 passing yards and two scores, showing his usual timing to make things happen throughout the game.
Granted, the Broncos had an easier challenge after Aqib Talib went down with a rib injury in the first half that didn’t allow him to return to the game, but the Broncos deserve praise for how they dismantled the Patriots’ defense. Monte Ball and Knowshon Moreno were quite effective at rushing the ball, and Manning was spectacularly accurate with his throws, connecting with eight different receivers in total.
Denver’s defensive line also contributed a lot to the game, allowing the Patriots to score only three points in the first 45 minutes of action, but props need to be given to the offense. They were as dynamic as it gets, and their efficiency was what propelled them to Super Bowl XLVIII, where Manning will look to finish a record-breaking season by lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Based on what happened today against the Pats, they have enough firepower to outscore any team in the NFL and will surely have a lot of momentum heading into the final game of the season.