Sports - Denver Broncos

Dec 16, 2011 8:40 PM by Jordan Mason

Broncos see Patriots as big barometer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos haven't been to the playoffs since 2006, so they're in no position and certainly no mood to judge the quality of the opponents they're dispatching with all this last-minute magic.

The seven teams they've beaten during their incredible two-month run since Tim Tebow took over and started engineering second-half comebacks, however, have a combined record of just 39-52.

With Tom Brady and the powerful New England Patriots (10-3) coming to town Sunday, the Broncos (8-5) see this as a chance to prove they're not just a curiosity but a contender.

Star cornerback Champ Bailey said the Broncos need to show it to themselves as much as anything.

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