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Live coverage: New England's 45-10 lead heads to finish line

January 14, 2012 |  8:15 pm

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Moving the ball inside New England's five-yard line still didn't allow Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos to score.

In a game in which the Broncos have run 14 plays that ended up with negative yards, two Tebow passes fell incomplete after extended scrambles, and Denver turned the ball over on downs, trailing 45-10 with less than eight minutes remaining in the AFC divisional playoff game in New England.

A Tebow fourth-down pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas moved Denver -- in its biggest play yet -- 41 yards to inside the Patriots' five-yard line.

But the weak protection and erratic passing has left Tebow to struggle through a game in which he's completed only nine of 26 passes for 136 yards.

Meanwhile, New England's Tom Brady has enjoyed an NFL-record six touchdown passes with a career-high in postseason passing yards.

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--Lance Pugmire

Photo: Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow tries to escape the rush of Patriots defensive end Mark Anderson in the second half Saturday night. Credit: Charles Krupa / Associated Press

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