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Live coverage: New England takes 21-7 lead on Tebow, Broncos

January 14, 2012 |  6:18 pm

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The New England Patriots worked to outscore Tim Tebow in their first meeting in Denver, and the formula is on display again.

Behind a third run by tight end Aaron Hernandez (he now has 58 rushing yards), the Patriots marched from just outside midfield and took a 21-7 lead on Denver with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski (his second touchdown) with 7:42 left in the first half.

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Photo: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrate one of their two first-half touchdown connections against the Broncos on Saturday night. Credit: CJ Gunther / EPA

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