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. Norm

    Play your sacreligous little games and see what it gets you in the end.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blinded By The Light

      Who are you talking too?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      Who are you talking also?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Tebow has a right to his beliefs...and so does everyone else.
    sheesh!
    So much ado about nothing!
    This time next week, (hopefully) it'll be a thing of the past...

    January 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Most assuredly, banasy:) Foxboro is cold this time of year.. Course, the jets did it last year.. I wondered where his savior was on the 18th 😉

      January 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. andilayne

    TIM TEBOW ISNT ANY MORE SPECIAL AND HASNT DONE ANYTHING ANY MORE SPECIAL THAN ANY OTHER QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL. 2 months ago his ass was benched and everyone was talking crap, even john elway said he didnt think tebow was ready to be a starting quarterback-now low and behold-the same hypocrites are patting him on the back-–tebow can suck it.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. micook

    Tebow and the Option is a fad just like the Wildcat offense! Once defenses hone their Option containment, Tebow will be out of the league! His offense is Pee Wee Football not professional calibre!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paddy

      Tim Tebow is great for the NFL and Football. Do an internet search on how many professional athletes have been in trouble with the law. So many people were dumping on him and he never wavered or apologized for who he was or what he represented. If you can't respect that you have no respect period. How would you do in that spotlight?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • micook

      How does your reply relate to my comment?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • micook

      My comment is about the Player not the Man!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • toddrf

      The Steelers practiced all week to contain the Broncos running game and did a pretty good job. However, they were so worried about it in OT that Palamalu was caught completely out of position which led to the game-winning TD.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Game James

    I love how so many people think they know what God's priorities are. We are all important to him. What? He's just here to look out for the down-trodden? He created all! Cut Tebow some slack. The guy is an awesome football player (less than average qb.) He'd be the first person you'd pick for a game of 'kill the man' when you were a kid. If the worse thing he does is give thanks to a god that most of the earth's population believes in or put some faith into anyway what's the big deal. If that offends you to hear that sort of thing being said you all must never leave the house because there is infinitely more offensive things in the world than that. And some of you atheists sound a little fanatical about atheist. Sounds like the same thing to me.

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

    Funny! When Tebow loses they say he's a bad quarterback and "where was God?". When he wins, they say it's a team sport and God had nothing to do with it. So what do they say about the 1-4 start with the same defense, same McGahee, same recievers minus Tebow?

    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Watchman and the Wardog

    This isn't about God and football. Tebow is bless, and he deserves it. He puts God first in all things. Win or lose he'll praise God and rightfully so. This people won't understand because they can't understand. He understands it's not about him. Hi's doing what he is suppose to do, Loving and praising God. Don't knock what you don't understand, try finding out more about it. Maybe you'll be bless just as much. I get it but I still fall short. Go Tebow!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry S

    Drew Brees is also a very devout Christian, as is Tim Tebow. I don't see what the big problem is with a man of faith in this country. Look at all the good work they do? I mean, why should that offend people?

    January 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam A.

    GOD DOES NOT EXIST. Other human beings have told me this, they know for a fact!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. micook

    Funny how football fans argue one point, and everybody else wants to contradict!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Antony

    Tebow is the NFL's new media darling. He replaces Peyton Manning.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jaymee Stahrr

    T-e-Bow! Woh-oh!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. micook

    Eli Manning has quite a few 4th quarter "miracles" this season! Where is his love and adoration?

    January 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ML

    Media has too much time on their hands! This is just as interesting (or disgusting..your pick) as anything else they talk about.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • buddhabill

      You are missing the bigger pictures: 1. Religion. Imagine if Timmy was Ta'quan, the dark-complected muslim who bowed to Mecca after every TD. 2. The underdog who beat Ben Rapistberger, but who now faces the Golden Boy. 3) Didja see the SNL skit? Aren't you just DYING for a re-make? 4) Just how bad will Belichek make Timmy look next week 5) Ain't it fun poking people who post that they are bored with this (but are reading it anyway) in the eye with a stick...

      January 10, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. william

    I find it so ridiculous that people make fun of this guy because he's Christian. If this guy was Muslim he might have a law suit against the media for a hate crime at this point.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antony

      Are you kidding me? If Tebow was Muslim and publicly exhibited that prayer ritual after a touchdown, he would be crucified (pun intended) by the christian fans and the media. Remember how the zealot bible-thumpers went ballistic over a mosque in NYC? Seems to me you are just flat out delusional.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • silliness

      The funny thing is that if he were Muslim, those who back him now would hate him for it, and those who hate him now for his Christianity would bend over backwards to support his right to bow towards Mecca. Such hypocrisy everywhere.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hawk

      @William – You are definitely off base here. No one has targeted Tebow for his spirituality, except some elements in the media, perhaps players from his opposing teams. This is the same type of treatment that has directed towards muslims for a long time now. Instead of making such wrongful comparisons, why not think about how the same way Tebow is perhaps being ill treated for embracing his spirituality, others are treated similarly as well.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lions fan

      At least the Romans got one thing right. (It's all in the name. Get it?)

      January 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      it shows how nasty our nation is, because if he were muslem doing this, bolen would have fired him the first time he did it. Christians are no better, in fact much much worse then muslems. Just count how many people christians murdered in the last 1000 years and then count the number of folks muslems killed, no where near a match, 100 to 1 christians killing over muslems. All thiests should be ashamed to believe in such an evil cult.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua

      According to the impeccable logic of our social elites – only a group in the majority can be considered prejudiced in any way. Even though at this point it would appear that devout Christians are now a minority. This sort of construed logic is a classic symptom of extremist liberalism.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dude

      Marvelous job of both creating and kicking the crap out of your own strawman Joshua.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dobbins

      Can we not just agree that this kid is a pretty good QB? Anyone?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZZ2011

      I agree with @silliness – it's a losing battle when we start debating whose religion is better! Noone wins because there is no logical explanation as to which one is the correct one – I think we should leave religion personal and refrain from excessive public display.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Please, if he was Muslim the media wouldn't dare make one comment. they are all such libtard babies. its so easy to pick on the Christians, but don't dare touch the Jews or Muslims

      January 10, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
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