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. Bates

    All these people saying that Denver **again** has no chance to win, have to remember why they lost to NE in their first match up: TURNOVERS! They turned the ball over way too many times and that's what did them in that game. If they can control the ball and keep NE's tight ends in check, this game will be close, too close to call.

    Tebow ripped through the #1 defense (I am a Denver fan, not a Tebow fan though, he still has a few more games to go), then he can rip through the Pat's defense. No fumbles and no INTs by Denver= Denver moves on. Plain and simple. Who ever commits the most turnovers will lose this game.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. letbereal

    GIIIIVVVVVEEEEEEE MMMEEEEE AAAAAAAAAAAAAA BBBRREEEAAAKKKKK!!, with this Tebow....Tybow....T-Bone...Tea Time

    January 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Don't forget "T-BAG"!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      Looks like Rob is a Squleers fan.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mickey weedon

    worship some dead guy on a stick, drink his blood and eat his flesh and win ball games...sigh me up!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Powell

      Mickey Weedon, someday soon you will meet, face to face, the One who gave His life for you on the cross. Your arrogant blasphemy is not getting you ready for that day. He died for you because He loves His enemies. Repent of your self-worship and put your faith in Jesus... and you too can become a friend of God.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      wow – not sure whether to laugh or pray for you. I think I will do both. You're obviously either sick or just very shallow and lost, or both.

      January 10, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Skeptic

    Tim Tebow is a very talented idiot. He's got lots of physical capability, but not one ounce of brain.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Good point. Because people who have brains don't need to embrace the fantasy world of religion.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I'm sure with your community college education you have a great amount of room to judge others.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeebus

      and the smart athletes are....

      January 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TriXen

    Let me just say that as a Pats fan, I was grinning from ear to ear when the Broncos won last night.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fred

    Have you seen Tebow's car? Have you seen his house, his bank account, his investment portfolio. I don't think Jesus had a golden chariot he rode around in. I don't think he collected alms to build himself a house a thousand times better than his followers. Jesus didn't take what he was given and stash it away so he could retire at 40 or 50.

    Christian? Nah, go play your tunes somewhere else.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine5484

      Jealous much?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      Fred, how much to you give to charity? Is your dwelling larger than the poor of India or Africa? Show who you are by your actions, not your mouth or writings.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Christian doesn't require you live in a cave. Many Christians are successful. Many have nice cars, nice homes, nice bank accounts. They also support their Churches, communities, the needy, etc. I'm sorry for you and others who only pick and choose things to throw your stones at. How sad for you. Perhaps if your life's path includes Christ – you too will be successful.

      January 10, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. jere1

    I'd rather watch Tebow than a lot these other characters. One of the reason's I don't care much for the NFL is that there are too many arrogant players. Refreshing to see a cool guy on the field.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 2 cents

    We the NFL fans are not obsessed with Tebow, its the MEDIA and their need to build a "so called" compelling "story". The Tebow narrative fits this never ending desire perfectly.

    Phase 1: Find something new or not talked about in the media

    Phase 2: Write stories about subject

    Phase 3: Put subject on a peda

    Phase 4: Find the dirt

    Phase 5: Expose the dirt

    Phase 6: Shun the subject for a time

    Phase 7: Create the "comeback"

    Phase 8: Rinse, Repeat and PROFIT !!!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      exactly...all true fans care about is football! not all this other crap...hopefully he won't ruin the rest of the season and that he will be gone next weekend.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marine5484

    For you Patriots fans out there you better not write this team off for a second. They just beat one of the best defenses in the league and well......you have one of the worst....if not the worst. Can't wait to see what happens next week.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • KP

      Not the worst defense, the second worst. And let's not forget that the Steelers offense was hobbled. Do the Broncos have a chance? Of course; "Any given week..." But the odds are stacked up against them in every way imaginable.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Just 14 points? Against Brady in the playoffs? With the exception of the Pat's secondary I don't see how it's even going to be that close. Brady's going to light 'em up.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Tebow is a better role model in his short tenture than any other NFL player in theirs. Congrats Broncos on a great win, breaking the NFL record for the shortest victory in OT, best game i've seen in a while, hope there is more !

    January 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SpecialPlace

    This is why some people don't like Tebow....Because it has injected all this "God-talk" and religion into a sport now. Everyone jumping up and down cracking jokes like "God loves Denver!" It's ridiculous. I'm already sick and tired of hearing about it!! I can't stand Tebow...not because he's a jerk, but because all of a sudden God comes into play and everyone points out that it's in his favor because he Tebows....it's crazy!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    If only his mom would have aborted him so we wouldn't have to hear about him all the time.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whentebowsyouteblows

      You should have been swallowed and the best part of you ran down your daddies leg.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beland

    a quick note... the Broncos D was pretty solid... If Pittsburgh 2 first field goals end up as T-down... that one is over before it started... Like they say... on any given Sunday.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. government cheese

    I hate to break it to liberasl that are religious bigots, but noted Christians in the NFL are Aaron Rodgers, Curt Warner, Jon Kitna, Kurt Warner, Vince Young, James Thrash, Ray Lewis and Reggie White were preachers. Rich Garza, Tony Dungy, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Hunter Smith, Jason Elam, David Tyree, William Green, Jay Schroeder, Bruce Mathews, Marcus Price, Josh Brown, Tommie Harris, Michael Gaines, Brad Smith, Darrell Green, Mark Brunell, and Curtis Enis are all Christians. I could go on and on. 89% of all NFL player admit that they are Christian.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      And yet those guys try to beat the cr@p out each other every week. Pretty christian thing to do huh?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      Just what makes a liberal a bigot? Could it have anything to do with not agreeing with your point of view? I don't really care if you are christian, jew, aztec or whatever. It's your right to believe as you see fit. The thing is it's your responsibility to accept me for who I am as I do you.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • government cheese

      A religious bigot is someone who degrades another person for their faith.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      The proper word is CLAIM not ADMIT.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      And about 95% of the American Academy of Scientists are atheists. I know who my money's on when it comes to brains, between scientists and footballers.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • eyes open

      So is everyone in prison!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • S-Hug

      "Faith" becomes nothing but a publicity stunt when one makes it a public gesture, continually shoving it down everyone's throat.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jem4016

      @Colin- 95% of the Academy of science atheists? Actually about 70% are atheists and approximately another 22% have doubts, this includes people who do not study the make up of the universe or the science of origin such as people in computer sciences. If you poll the people in just physics, then the numbers dramatically reverse, with the majority believing in a God. "I want to know God's thoughts, the rest is details." – Einstein
      My money is on God. Read the book "Fingerprint of God" by Hugh Ross.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jem4016

      are not is in quote

      January 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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