The Denver Broncos kept it within striking distance all game Sunday but it was the Green Bay Packers' defense, specifically regarding their capacity to take the ball away, that provided the ultimate difference. The Packers came away with the 27-16 victory at home, covering the 7.5-point spread in the process, but the Broncos were right there statistically until the Packers imposed their will. Denver owned the time-of-possession battle at just over 35 minutes. They also converted 20 first downs to the Packers' 16 (including a 53 percent conversation rate on third downs). But it wasn't enough, for the Packers were able to eliminate several scoring drives by stealing the football at opportune moments.
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