In their first meeting, the Broncos had what they thought was a solid scheme against the high-scoring Patriots.
Champ Bailey helped keep Rob Gronkowski in check, limiting the talented tight end to just four catches.
In the middle of the field, undrafted rookie cornerback Chris Harris shadowed Wes Welker and held him to just four catches.
Normally, that might be enough to derail the high-scoring Patriots.
Not even close.
All the attention on those two left Aaron Hernandez free to roam around the field. Covered mainly by linebackers, Hernandez had a memorable day at the office.
For Denver, it's back to the drawing board. With a new tactic that will almost certainly include more focus on Hernandez.
"We've got to have a better plan of who our matchups are, where those matchups are and how we're going to defend them," defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. "I think we've got a pretty good plan for how we're going to defend those guys."