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. gupsphoo

    Would Tebow fans convert to Islam if Tebow were a Muslim? LOL!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Would he win?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RD

    Religion is like a penis. It's nice to have one. Its nice to be proud of it. But please don't whip it out in a public and start waving it around. And please don't try and shove it down my throat.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antony

      Damn, where's the "Like" button when you need it? This has to be the post of the day!

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

      Now this is the best post ever!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      love it, keep the wit up

      January 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingHippsterino

      I second the nomination for post of the day, and propose an early nomination for post of the year. As witty as the comment is, I hope people also get the point of it (yeah, yeah, giggle if you need to.) I don't care who or what you worship, or how big of a role you think it plays in this little entertaining game you play, just please keep it to yourself. I said it before and I'll say it again, G0d is not a sports fan, and even if he is, it sure as heck isn't the one being played on the one day of the week he believes should be kept sacred. (And, last time I checked he's a Blackhawks fan anyways.)

      January 10, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. SNAPPA

    Tebow is a mentally unstable guy who's not fit to be in the public eye just as ALL of the republican cnadidates. They need to seek medical assistance right away.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EJ

    Tebow's fame in the NFL is like the ruckus caused by someone seeing the image of Jesus in a toasted cheese sandwich.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. EricGood

    Can't we just respect Timmy T for what good he's doing for us? He's winning games and having a great time doing it. Would we all not want this for ourselves? So he happens to be religious, its what he believes and should not make him a bad person.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      the broncos win, not time f-ing tebow. They are in the play-offs not out of talent, but because the raders blow donkeydick. It is sad that he failed and still got into the playoffs.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mickey1313

    He is lucky, not good, look at his stat, look at his (lack of) speed, he is a joke. If he was not an uber christian no one whould know this jokes name, only his faith keeps people talking.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricGood

      see you got it all wrong, this kid is far from a joke. Being the highest recruited QB coming out of highschool, shattering FBS records in college, and now quarterbacking a once-struggling Pro franchise to glory, well....thats someting. Best check ya definition of Joke

      January 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bstellllllllll1

    I am glad he is a Christian but the overly publicized display is becoming a little old.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lenexa John

    Its not about Tebow. Praise God, Love God, and Love ur neighbor as you would want to be loved.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    It's you guys in the media that are making such a big deal about his faith. Yes, he's a Christian; yes, he lives out his faith in all areas of his life, including his work in the NFL. Good for him. I respect him for that. You media people, lay off about his faith and just report the game! Be fair and OBJECTIVE about this first year quarterback.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    @MICKEY1313 SOOO YOU THINK YOU GOT IT SO BAD TO LIVE IN A CHRISTIAN NATION!!I for one really feel bad for you so bad mickey that if you and a muslim friend would swear to never return,I will buy for you and your friend a one way plane ticket to iran.They are a nice muslim nation,seeing as though it must be real bad living here in a christian nation

    January 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adi

    Feel bad for Tebow hes going to lisp his way home once the Pats smash the broncs, not to mention god doesnt play football he plays golf.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EricGood

    cant we all just fart along?

    January 10, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. ALLTHATMATTERS

    125 QB Rating against the best overall defense the NFL has to offer.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Les

    He's one of the Good Guy's- Leave him alone!

    January 10, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Zaphod2010

      He is a football player who will become another loud mouth preacher when his career ends. Leave religion out of football!!!

      January 10, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • GPerform

      @Zaphod2010 first of all, just because he believes in God doesn't mean when his career is over he's going to be a preacher. And second, how ignorant and you be to attack a player because of his love for HIS religion? Grow up dude

      January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    If old Timmie wants to pray to who helped him win, the better be looking to his offensive line, who are the only reason he was able to do what he did.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
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