FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was one of the few moments during this stunning run, during this odds defying time, when Tim Tebow lost his cool. It was understandable. He was on the receiving end of a historic beatdown.
Tebow had been sacked and felt the hit merited a roughing penalty. No flag was thrown. Tebow screamed in the direction of the official. Screamed again. Screamed some more. There were several other similar outbursts as the score widened from huge to massive to humiliating.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Tebow had six completions to Tom Brady's six touchdowns. That just about says it all. The 45-10 final score doesn't do justice to what a stunning blowout this was. A few plays here and there and New England could have scored 60.
The end for Tebow and the Broncos was an ugly one. It was scary ugly. It was destiny altering ugly.
Tebow showed how not to play the position and Brady, as he has many times before, on many different fields, showed why he might be the best in history. The juxtaposition was as striking as the scoreboard.
Brady set a franchise playoff record with 363 passing yards. He had six touchdown passes. He attacked a frail, at times gutless Denver defense that was afraid to tackle tight end Rob Gronkowski. Brady even punted at the end of the game, the punt going 48 yards. The only thing missing from Brady's night was him hitting for the cycle.
It was a disrespectful move to have Brady punt, but it was still incredible to see.
Meanwhile, Tebow had one of the more miserable nights a quarterback has ever had in the playoffs, and Denver's season comes to an end.