Originally Posted by TonyR
The Pats got 35 first downs against us in that game, and rushed for 251 yards. They killed us.
The Patriots had 444 yards total Offense, the Broncos had 394...not that big of a difference. The Patriots ran the ball so much to keep the ball out of Manning's hands. Using the old Shanahan (control the clock) playbook.
New Englands scored on approximately 50% of their drives, while Denver only scored on 33% of their drives. That's the real problem.
The Broncos redzone Offense and Defense is going to have to become much better. If not, they will lose. Obviously, Denver also has to be able to stop NE's running attack...which JDR has been working on ever since that game.