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Live coverage: Down 21-7, Tebow goes three and out

January 14, 2012 |  6:25 pm

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Thanks to an effective pass rush and tight coverage in the secondary, the New England Patriots' suspect defense is making life difficult for Tim Tebow and threatening to render "Tebow Time" meaningless in the fourth quarter.

Tebow and the Broncos, down 21-7, failed to gain a first down on their latest series, and Denver just punted back to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots with 6:31 left in the second quarter.

The Patriots started their third consecutive drive at their own 40 or better, beginning this one at their own 47, but Brady failed to connect with receiver Deion Branch on a long pass and the Broncos will take over the ball at their own 10 with 5:44 left in the half.

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Photo: Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tries to sack Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in the first half Saturday night. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press

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