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Stat check: Patriots at Broncos

1/14/2014

A look at the New England Patriots in NFL key statistical categories during the 2013 regular season, while bringing their opponent in the AFC Championship Game -- the Denver Broncos -- into the discussion:

Points per game

Final '13 ranking: 3rd (27.75)

Last season: 1st (34.8)

Broncos in 2013: 1st (37.8)

Points allowed

Final '13 ranking: 10th (21.1)

Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)

Broncos in 2013: 22nd (24.9)

Third-down offense

Final '13 ranking:
16th (83 of 221, 37.6 percent)

Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)

Broncos in 2013: 2nd (95 of 205, 46.3 percent)

Third-down defense

Final '13 ranking:
26th (98 of 232, 42.2 percent)

Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)

Broncos in 2013: 16th (83 of 218, 38.1 percent)

Turnover differential

Final '13 ranking: 8th (plus-9, 29 takeaways, 20 giveaways)

Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)

Broncos in 2013: Tied-14th (even, 26 takeaways, 26 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)

Final '13 ranking: 15th (36 of 65)

Last season: 1st (49 of 70)

Broncos in 2013: 1st (51 of 67)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)

Final '13 ranking: 16th (28 of 50)

Last season: 13th (24 of 46)

Broncos in 2013: 25th (37 of 60)