Pats defense stiffens after first quarter

The Tim Tebow magic, most evident in the fourth quarter the last few weeks, was present early in the game this week.

Denver had 15 rushes for 167 yards in the first quarter (according to Elias, the most in any quarter against a team that had Bill Belichick as its head coach), 123 of which came before being contacted by a Patriots defender (both single-quarter season highs).

Though they averaged 8.2 yards before contact per rush in the first quarter, the Broncos only attempted 16 designed rushes in the last three quarters, gaining 68 yards before contact (4.4 per rush) and 85 total yards.

Tebow, who completed 60 percent of his throws in the first quarter, completed just 42 percent in the last three.