Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week
Fans congratulate Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he heads to the locker room after Sunday's playoff win over Pittsburgh.
January 9th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week

Some say Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow pulled off another miracle Sunday night, leading his team to a 29-23 overtime victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. They say "another miracle" because it was the fourth time this season Tebow led Denver to an overtime victory. And they say Tebow, a devout Christian, may need an even bigger miracle come Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where the New England Patriots will be an even bigger favorite to end the Broncos season than the Steelers were.

The Boston Herald on Monday morning is calling Saturday's game "a heaven-sent matchup," and the paper says that because it knows quarterback Tom Brady has made a career of taking the Pats to the promised land while Tebow has just gone through his first communion.

"The Patriots get a second helping of the Tom Brady-versus-Tebow quarterback matchup," writes the Herald's Karen Guregian.

"While this has tremendous star power, it’s just so lopsided in the Patriots' favor. That’s what we saw during the first meeting on Dec. 18, when Brady and the Pats whipped the Broncos, 41-23, in Denver. There’s no reason to believe Brady won’t outduel him once again."

Leave it to a "Saturday Night Live" skit to put Brady's advantage into perspective. "If I'm the son of God, Brady's the guy's nephew," a Jesus Christ character tells the Broncos during a visit to their locker room before that December 18 game.

But others say Tebow has already put himself on the Olympus of sports greatness.

"He isn't in the same class as an athlete, but as a spectacle Tebow is Tiger Woods leading the Masters on Sunday afternoon. He's Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. He's the Yankees in the World Series," writes Gregg Doyel on CBSSports.com. "What's the NFL comparison to Tebow? There isn't one."

And Doyel points out that Tebow's fame, like those others, now knows no borders on this Earth.

"Tebow was a trending Twitter topic on Sunday evening, and not just in the United States. He was trending all over the world in Canada, in Colombia, in France," Doyel writes.

While others may put Tebow on that lofty post, he seems to be the last one to put himself there.

Part of the reason Denver was such an underdog against the Steelers was that the Broncos lost their last three regular season games, with Tebow posting numbers well short of the biblical 316 yards he put up against the Steelers.

FOXSports.com's Mark Kriegel, writing under the headline "Tebow's most amazing trait? Humility,"  says that Tebow was entitled to a little trash talk directed toward his doubters.

"If anyone was entitled to a self-righteous 'I told you so,' it was Tebow. Instead, he said: 'I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to be the quarterback for the Denver Broncos and play in a game in front of such great fans and with great teammates,' ” Kriegel wrote.

Watch Tebow speak about humility on CBN.com.

And Kriegel's not shy about speaking up for Tebow.

"Being neither as good nor as modest as America’s saintly quarterback, I don’t mind telling you a bit: I told you so," Kriegel wrote.

While Kriegel may have never lost the faith in Tebow, the late-season losing streak certainly turned hordes of others into doubters.

San Franciso Chronicle writer Vittorio Tafur says it's time to come back to the temple.

"It's time to believe again. In Tebow. (And) in the Big Fella in the Sky being a Broncos fan," Tafur writes.

Here's how God, or Tebow, or both, or a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive mistake (you choose), have us talking Tebow this Monday morning.

On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Tebow heaved a pass 18 yards to receiver Demaryius Thomas, who stiff-armed Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor and sprinted down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown.

The Broncos led 20-6 at halftime, but the Steelers led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's 289 yards passing clawed their way back to tie the game at 23 with time running down in regulation. Neither team could get close enough for a winning field goal, and the contest moved into overtime.

The league instituted complicated new overtime rules for the playoffs, but the rule differences never came into play as Tebow and Thomas wrapped it up in 11 seconds the shortest overtime in NFL history. The referee's explanation of the rules before the coin toss took up more time than the extra period.

The Broncos faithful in Denver were rewarded.

Is Tebow a miracle worker?

Of course, in Vegas the oddsmakers put their faith in numbers. And on the Strip, they like the Patriots this coming Saturday, by 14 points.

To which the Chronicle's Tafur responds with some numbers of his own.

"Apparently the Big Guy in the Sky likes all underdogs. For that, you could turn to Matthew 5:5: 'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.'"

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  1. Wendy

    The man isnt going to change his religion because you all have a problem with it. He grew up doing ministry work. He has always professed his faith and gave glory to God. If you dont like it, you dont have to watch. What makes you all so uncomfortable about it? Players meet at mid field after most games and get down on one knee and guess what...they PRAY! Tebow has done what he is doing right now since before High School Football. He did this during HS Football, he did this while playing for the Gators. If it makes you so angry, turn the channel. He wouldnt be recieving this much criticizim if he was an atheist. He was 10 – 21....Big Ben was 20 – 44....looking at the numbers, Tebow was the better QB. It is all of you and the Media who make a huge deal out of him beliving in God.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charles Hubbard

      Wendy...

      TIM TEBOW HONORS GOD AND HONORS SATAN

      With Tim Tebow honoring the Name of God and the name of the pagan goddess NIKE...
      it's like a kiss to God and then a slap in His face!!!

      January 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Believer

      Charles Hubbard, stop the hypocrisy. It's either you are a man of God or not. Clearly you are not. Follower of Christ you are not. You advocate hate towards a man of God in Tim Tebow. May God save your soul and have mercy on you.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charles Hubbard

    TIM TEBOW HONORS GOD AND HONORS SATAN

    With Tim Tebow honoring the Name of God and the name of the pagan goddess NIKE...
    it's like a kiss to God and then a slap in His face!!!

    January 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jkhn

      Sounds like somebody just studied pagan gods in history class, and are excited to prove it.

      January 11, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tuan Vu

    Tebow is popular because there has never been anyone quite like him. There have been other Christian athletes, but he is more outspoken about his faith.

    He is just a great role model and teaches us all life lessons by the way he lives. He is like Rocky, who might not have the most talent, but through determination, inspiration and believing in himself, accomplishes amazing things.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tuan Vu

    Charles Hubbard, you make yourself look foolish.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Charles Hubbard

    Tim Tebow needs to be a better QB... but more importantly... he needs to be a better Christian.

    How can a Christian who openly honors God publicly possibly decide it is OK to dishonor God by promoting the company honoring the goddess NIKE in Paganism?

    It hurts me deeply that a man that I want to admire and want others to admire had chosen to benefit from God and from Satan... NIKE began with Satan and NIKE will end with Satan.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tina

      Dear Charles,
      I like to think your heart is in the right place. We know that God will judge Tebow, so you doing so is unnecessary.
      Please consider Romans 8:28 <3
      This football player loves Jesus Christ and is not afraid to show it! Seldom do you find someone so passionate about their creator that they display it for all the world to see! It brings a smile to my heart and I pray you too will see this young man for who he really is... A member of the body of Christ:) God bless you in Jesus' name amen.

      January 12, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cliff Watts

    It is so refreshing to see a new face in football that brings a sense of grace and sportsmanship. I hope more players come into the leauge like Tebow. I'm so proud of him standing up for what he believes in. It's a good thing when people talk of his beliefs and what he brings to football instead of other players who abuse their wives or are involved in other bad morale situations. Not a Broncos fan but I am a fan of Tim Tebow, God bless you Tim!

    January 12, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
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