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. Melissa

    It is pathetic that as a nation we can overlook football players who kill people and football players who abuse dogs. When a player starts praying we become offended. We are doomed.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • go4it

      Maybe you overlooked them, but I didn't.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. endpoliticalparties

    Ya Know, whenever a touchdown is scored, there are another Ten guys on the field that deserve a little bit of credit!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. us1776

    This game was the best I'd seen Tebow play.

    We'll just have to see if he can continue like this.

    .

    January 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dian D Trahern

    To Dennis; In my opinion, you have it all figured out!!! To those who believe the way you do, God bless! May there be more tomorrow!!!!!

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

    I'm loving how liberals can't stand someone who prays for a second or two, they say nothing about the touchdown antics of players who spike the ball, do some break dancing, jump into the stands etc. etc. but Tebow has their knickers in a swivet...love it!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Not only that John.... a close friend told me this... "Do you actually think people (read liberals and others) would be trashing Tebow IF Tebow was black?" Of course not

      January 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • streetsmt

      This is most liberal definition of liberal I've read so far!

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

      Swivet? Are you gay?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdw

      I'm a liberal FSU alumni and I have come to become a huge Tebow fan.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mark

    Everybody was saying the Steelers will demolish the Broncos, ESPN,Fox Sports, etc...Guess what the Steelers lost.
    Now everybody is saying the Patriots will destroy them..BUT what IF that does not happens?
    What if the Broncos actually win? what would all of you say? Nothing is a sure thing in life other than death and taxes. So...a Patriots victory is NOT sure thing

    January 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • andilayne

      Tsk Tsk Tsk....all these "what ifs" If grandma had balls she'd be grandpa now wouldn't she?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darkwiz666

    ...and we all know the only reason he's getting air-play is because he's christian...and for pretty much no other reason.
    Oooo...he got a lucky play in over time...so what! People are acting like god only wants HIM to win the super bowl...and I'm going to be laughing my ass off when he loses and says NOTHING about how perhaps he was just lucky and getting that far and just says "gawd works in mysterious ways"...

    ...yeah...like losing...NATURALLY. Sheesh. Space ghost doesn't pick sides, according that that magical tome they have...>__>

    January 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      God doesn't normally care who wins or loses a game, and the Broncos are no exception. However, He does care how we treat others. He cares how Tim leads, and any other Christian qb (Roth, Breese, etc). Let us believe in space ghosts and you can believe in whatever you want. I get it, some represent their faith horribly, and others that are humanists represent theirs poorly also. Guess no one is perfect, eh.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. andilayne

    Tebow can go ahead and kiss the hopes of moving forward in the playoffs goodbye. He couldn't bring home the championship for Florida State and he DOES NOT have what it takes to beat Tom Brady out of a playoff game-He wouldn't have done it to Big Ben if Ben had been 100%. Tebow is VERY overrated and I am sick of hearing about him.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fubar

      Tebow played for the Florida Gators and he did win a national championship

      January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      NOTHING ,other than death and taxes, is a sure thing....so.....a Patriots victory IS NOT a sure thing

      January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fubar

      But I also agree that he is overrated...

      also in response to the posters who say that black christians would get by easier... I find it sad that you could claim that black people have anything easier than whites... However, I think liberals do tend to tolerate religious african americans more, probably because the music they make about God is actually listenable....

      January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      Uhhhh first of all he DIDNT PLAY FOR FLORIDA STATE....and YES he did win a championship with them. Actually two to be precise you troll.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dcfromct

    Think all the harsh critics need to chill out and give him a break. He's a young man of faith, who's not afraid to show it who also happens to play in the NFL. He's still relatively a rookie, not even a full season as a starter and he's improving every game. I think people are overly critical of him because of his faith. From what I've heard his teammates and coaches are behind him. To expect him to be a Brady, Brees or Manning in his 1st year starting is unfair. Those guys weren't great their first year. Tebow's won a national championship in college, the heisman and I hope he does well in the NFL.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. syed ahmed

    i belived 49er,s expose also how to beat the STEELER,S poor perform by steelers on monday night vs NINERS open the flood for them ,they are not ready for good team ,i do not how they beat the NEW ENGLAND i belived was give away game by brady and new england ,tebow talk will not finish ever in this leauge for ever how good he is even he lose next game .

    January 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duke One

    Tim Tebow is getting attention because the naysayers keep slamming him for being Christian and saying he can't throw !! WelI for one do not care how "ugly" he throws but that he gets the job done ! I'm thankful that he is a great example of a Christian ! Go Tebow !!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dcfromct

      well said. For a guy who can't throw – He outplayed Big Ben. A win is a win.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beifirebird

    Can all you people STOP mocking Tim and trash other people's belief?

    By doing so, you just show the whole world how RUDE you are!.
    (How would you feel if I start to trash talk about your belief and your life style? or your family's?)..

    You can reject an idea or wanting to correct a behavior without being rude and disrespectful, can you? or you have yet to learn that humble manner...

    As for people's comment on God being crazy in helping someone to win a game while let others be killed and suffer....

    seriously?! you think God is responsible crab happening all around us?!
    If our government would not be so greedy with oil, and we are so stuck with our consumer culture that got us into all the debts, we wouldn't even be involved in the war of the middle east. (don't forgot God does give us free choice... )

    So next time, before you so quickly blame all the awful things happening around the world on God, do me a favor,

    ask yourself, "what have I done to help change the situation? Did i send in money to the war zone? Did I sacrifice my time to go into those place to bring any healing to the people? or remembering them in your thoughts always and asking for good blessings to come to them regularly? and Am I really not responsible for the situation in even the minute indirect ways? "

    If you can answer all these questions with a firm and loud YES, then point your finger at God, government, etc all you want. ~but then again by then, you won't be doing that . you know why? cause if you are truthfully doing all you can to help with what you think is so wrong in our world today, you would be too busy helping to bring changes than to point fingers at other people/God.

    some people truthfully amazes me sometimes.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. danny

    As a Christian, I personally don't think that God really cares about football, but it is really nice to see someone who cares about God.

    I agree with the comments regarding how hypocritical we are as a society. We ask for role models for our children, but when one comes along, we try to take him down. Instead of uplifting good virtues, we encourage those that we wouldn't want in ourselves or our children.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fubar

      not everyone wants athletes to be role models.... I would rather have a murderer on my team like Ray Lewis than some sanctimonious jerk like Tebow telling women they shouldnt have an abortion

      January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    thank The lord for TiVo. I can record 4 shows at once. Can I get an amen?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. HITLER IS A TEBOW FAN

    THATS RIGHT!

    GOD DOESNT EXIST.

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

      Your a dumby. If there's no god, then who is Tebow the second coming of?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      What's a dumby? Gumby's brother?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      It's the illegitimate love-child of Dumbo and Gumby.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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