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Patriots (11-3) shut down Broncos (8-6), 41-23

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0  Updated at 8:57 pm, December 18th, 2011 By: ABC Digital
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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DENVER) — The New England Patriots (11-3) took care of the Denver Broncos (8-6), 41-23 on Sunday.  With the win they clinched the AFC East and also put a stop to Tim Tebow’s late game heroics.

The Patriots trailed 16-7 early but found a way to fight back and take the lead for good in the second half.

“Faught back, made plenty of plays to win in all three phases of the game,” said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.  “Proud of the way the they responded to the challenge, stepped up and played good football today.

This is now the Patriots ninth division title since 2000.

Despite the loss by Denver, they still lead the AFC West by a game with two games left.  Tim Tebow’s record as a starter is now (7-2).

“We still know that there is a lot of improvement that we can continue to make,” said Tebow.  “It’s disappointing we came away with the loss but I know there is a lot of things we can build on.”

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