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Live coverage: Second half underway, Patriots lead 35-7

January 14, 2012 |  7:10 pm


The feel-good Tim Tebow story is meeting its ending in New England.

The Denver Broncos went three and out on their first second-half possession, and the ensuing punt was returned across midfield into Denver territory with the Patriots leading 35-7 in the AFC divisional playoff game.

Tom Brady threw for an NFL record five first-half touchdowns, three to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The Broncos, meanwhile, lost a fumble and punted five times during their first-half possessions, scoring a touchdown only after an interception of Brady pass that gave Denver possession inside the New England 40-yard line.

Tebow has been beset by pressure and sharp secondary coverage by New England, often seen slumping on the sideline as his magical season nears its conclusion.


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Photo: Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is brought down by Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington and a teammate after a run in the first half Saturday night. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images