The pats cruised to their first playoff win in four years with an impressive 45-10 gala over the denver broncos and are just one home victory away from the super bowl.
"I can’t praise the players enough," said a visibly proud bill belichick. Usually the coach is never satisfied and always seems grim. After the highest playoff victory in club history, however, even a joke crossed belichick’s lips. "The players deserve to win, because they have to put up with me."
Sebastian vollmer had given everything during the week to convince his coach. After the only german NFL professional on 27. November had broken the foot, he trained since tuesday again with the team. A commitment came for the 27-year-old, however, still too early.
But even without their 143-pound colossus from kaarst, the patriots ran hot early in frigid temperatures of minus five degrees in foxborough. Before the game, the club had handed out hand warmers to the nearly 70,000 spectators, but they were superfluous. Wide receiver wes welker scored the first touchdown 111 seconds into the game, and just six minutes later tight end rob gronkowski spectacularly caught a pass from quarterback tom brady for a 14-0 lead. "You can’t get off to a better start than that," gronkowski said.
He scored two more touchdowns before the break, and wide receiver deion branch carried the ball into the end zone once. When the players went into halftime, the one-sided game was already decided at the score of 35:7.
For the broncos, the much-hyped quarterback tim tebow remained pale. The 24-year-old has been the topic of conversation for weeks because of his openly lived out faith. In an ESPN poll for america’s most popular athlete, tebow even landed at number one. However, the patriots brought the playmaker, who is idolized as a mile-high messiah in denver, a city 1600 meters above sea level, back down to earth. In the first round, brady scored more touchdowns (5) than tebow passed to teammates (3).
The hosts set playoff club records with 510 yards of space gained as well as 45 points scored. Brady’s passes for 363 yards also set a record. In addition, the 34-year-old leveled the NFL record with six touchdowns K.O.-round. In the semifinals, the patriots will host the winner of the game between the baltimore ravens and the houston texans next sunday.
The jump to the preliminary round have by the first K.O.-round win since 2003 the san francisco 49ers managed. The five-time champions edged the new orleans saints 36-32 in a thrilling game. There were three touchdowns in the final 127 seconds, the decisive one coming from vernon davis with nine seconds left in the game. Afterwards, the tight end ran up to coach jim harbaugh and burst into tears of happiness on his shoulder. The 49ers now face champion green bay packers or the new york giants.