FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots rolled over the Denver Broncos with the team's defense playing some of its best football of the year.
The 10 points the Patriots allowed was the lowest point total against the team since Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs, a 34-3 thumping of another AFC West team, the second lowest of the season. The Patriots also held the Broncos to 252 yards of offense and sacked Tim Tebow five times while holding the celebrated Denver quarterback to nine completions on the night. Even better, Patriots defenders stood tall on third down, allowing the Broncos to convert first downs on only 7 of 18 tries (39 percent).
However, even with a sparkling performance to smile about from the league's 31st best defense, defensive lineman Gerard Warren was explicit when he said it was far from a cakewalk.
"It was far from easy, I'll tell you that," Warren said. "It took a whole lot of guts and technique and discipline. But we just went out and executed tonight.
"It's a blessing to be in the AFC Championship," Warren continued. "But our job's not done yet. We've got work to do. Looking forward to coming in and getting prepared for our next opponent."