Denver Broncos defeat New England Patriots, 27-13

This is not the way they would have preferred to go out, just plain giving the game and their crown away.

The Patriots are men enough to accept defeat. Had the Broncos gone out and just plain outplayed them, the men from New England would have tipped the ol' fedoras and offered proper congratulations. But that is not what happened last evening at Invesco Field at Mile High. What happened last night before 75,579 enraptured, orange-clad observers was that the New England...

No all-expenses-paid trip to Detroit in February. No fourth Vince Lombardi trophy to hoist at City Hall Plaza. No duck boats. New England's football winter is over early this year. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 18.

Two thousand miles and a couple of time zones removed from the comforts of their cozy Route 1 home, the New England Patriots were officially dethroned at Invesco Field last night. Unraveling in a hail of turnovers and mistakes by the stars who delivered a...

Notice had been sent in recent weeks.

The Patriots' squad that lost to Denver in October was substantially different from the one that ran onto Invesco Field last night for an AFC divisional playoff game.

Either the Broncos did not get the memo, or they just answered ''no" to the question of whether it mattered.

That would be but one ''no" of many Patriots followers have to digest along with the team's first postseason defeat of the century, a 27-13 loss to the Br...

All through their remarkable playoff run, they had lived by the sharp sword of turnovers. Last night they were impaled on it.

After running up a string of 10 straight playoff victories that included three Super Bowl wins in four years, the New England Patriots finally succumbed to a fact that had become difficult to believe -- they're human, too. They can, if they are unlucky, drop the ball like anyone else. They can, if under enough duress, throw a crucial interception...