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. Yobal

    He prays because he believes. Dont hate him cause he has strong morals and isn't afraid to be himself. America is so afraid of faith and religion that its going to bring itself because of it. GO TEBOW!!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      another idiot

      January 9, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You should take your ass to Afghanistan. That's where you belong.......

      January 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      He prays because he believes in fairy tales and wants "God" to help him win games. His whole "aw-sucks" act and trotting out the Jesus-on-a-stick routine every time he wins a point is shameful. That isn't about morals, it's about insanity.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • tgrhigh

      Shane, I think he is the same win or lose. He doesn't push religion down peoples throats. He's been the same forever.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      @Shane I'm not sure what has happened in your past to make you angry things about Tebow, God, Conservatives, or whatever else, but I betting that your reasons are valid.

      As a Christian myself,I know there are some Christians who make me sick too. There are also Christians I admire as well. But for me there's one thing that always holds true, when I read about the God of the Bible, I read about a God who is all good, all knowing, all powerful, and all loving.

      I know you must have objections to that because of suffering or evil in this world, and I honestly don't know all the answers.Sometimes i even wonder why i'm not suffering like them, and I just feel blessed and compelled to help those less fortunate, which is what God has commanded all of us to do.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Inzane, save your Jesus-on-a-stick preaching for your mindless sheep followers. And as always, enjoy the Kool-Aid.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      Inshane, what's wrong with Kool-Aid? Anyways, you are also preaching as well. In fact, you're louder than anyone else here. Take care man, i'm sure if we met in person, we'd actually get along. Unless you are actually that hateful towards people who don't share your beliefs.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dennis C. Pence

    Really disappointing to see people "mocking God" – and I mean the real God. Seems like everyone but Tim Tebow has jumped on the bandwagon while Tim has stayed steadfast in his faith – know that all good things come from God – he is just doing what every other quarterback "should" want to do and that's help his team win. God is no respecter of persons – but loves everyone equally. Does Tebow's faith help him in his quest ? – If it didn't – it wouldn't be faith!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Yes, I'm really happy that God is helping this Doosh win games while innocent people are getting killed and tortured everywhere. I guess he has his priorities.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tgrhigh

      Shane, I can see by your numerous moronic posts that you've got mental issues. Maybe you should come out of the closet. I bet you have a man crush on Tebow.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      @Tgrhigh--Ah, I see... You're a psychologist! Analyze this, DBag!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yobal

    youre an idiot

    January 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      It helps if you spell "you're" correctly when you say that. 😉

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JT

    If the Steeler were healthy the outcome would have been different. That micky mouse crap is not going to work in New England.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      JT, YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT! NEW ENGLAND IS GOING TO SEND T-BONE HEAD BACK TO COLORADO CRYING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tgrhigh

      It's the NFL dummy, every team plays hurt. One player can't cover 4 receivers.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    I'm an atheist, but if Tebow wants to believe God favors him on the football field, it's no skin off my back. At least he's not molesting little boys or sending pictures of "Little Tebow" to reporters. 🙂

    January 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Not yet... I can't wait until this guy comes out of the closet.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. That's What's Up

    god has a huge Tebowner

    January 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      I think all these in-the-closet religious guys have a Tebowner.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. government cheese

    Liberals are religious bigots.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Conservatives are idiotic racists.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zenichimaro

    Pssh. Whatever. Tebow's a tight end playing quarterback who's gotten lucky a couple of times. As someone who really cannot stand the Steelers, I'm glad he helped Denver win, but it's going to stop at the Wild Card game.

    Saints? Packers? Patriots? Buh-bye, Timmy Time, because even God herself can't protect you from the likes of Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady. Well, she could, but she hates football.

    znm

    January 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      We'll see. He made some decent professional throws last night. He's a talented athlete and is dedicated. Perhaps he'll bomb next year or he'll do well. Only time will tell.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Dude

    I heard this one over on the ESPN blogs...
    Tebow is no longer a virgin because he er...F'd the Steelers.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      And on Saturday, he's not gonna be a gay virgin anymore either because Brady's gonna drill him.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • That's What's Up

      Shane – that was great. My Tebowner grew even more after your comment!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      Shane er umm... are you saying Brady is not a man?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Follix

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster is gonna boil him forever!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yobal

    Sorry Brian....... you're. Loser

    January 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. checkyofacts

    Why are people getting so bent out of shape about Tim Tebow praying in the endzone? Players have been doing that for years. A lot of times players from both teams get together and form a prayer circle on the field right after the game. Why is what Tebow does so offensive?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Dude

    Tebow as 'The most Interesting Man on Earth'

    He once made a Weeping Willow Tree, laugh!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shane

    I apologize for my stupid idiotic comments. My mom was on Meth and I was dropped on my head as a baby. Forgive me for being a knoob.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. backintx

    It's not like he's the only practicing christian in the entire NFL.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      OPENLY... that is the key word.....

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