Patriots offense slow to get started in Denver

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DENVER — After a long flight home and a few days that will “haunt” him, Logan Mankins said, he may be able to come to grips with the fourth-down sack that not only halted a third-quarter Patriots drive but typified a largely ineffective day for the offensive line during a 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

One week after rushing for 234 yards in a divisional playoff win over Indianapolis, the Patriots were held to 64. LeGarrette Blount, who ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the postseason opener, had five carries for 6 yards against Denver.

“We just couldn’t get it going, we didn’t have any rhythm,” Mankins said. “We would get a couple of yards here and there, but we could never get things going the way we wanted to.”

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