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. Bails

    Great news Steve-OB!!! God doesn't favor one over the other...and you have a choice between heaven and hell just as I do!! God loves you same as he does me, no more and no less.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      That is very true....God loves us all and he does not create any garbage....we create garbage from what he has given us on our own! As to Tebow praising God.....heck.....baseball players do it all the time when they go to bat....they bless themselves constantly and that should not be a sin. What should be a SIN is a politician bilking the public and the public sucking it right up! Yes we can!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Ok, we get it: Ed Sr. Of Dallas, TX hates our President.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Yeah............I really do..........oddly enough he is only the second one...the first was Bush Jr...........I want you to run so I can hate you too! Is that banasy or is that banana?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • COlady

      That's o.k. We hated the one TX gave us the last 2 terms.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The D

      Ed Sr is making his voice heard. Here. On a message board. The White House is listening. Or maybe not.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      @Ed Sr of Dallas Tx
      We get it; you're an anti-intellectual christian who hates! Another shining example of a christian hypocrite! I have no religion, yet I harbor no hate for one single person...weird, even you, Ed! Although I think you're quite delusional and believe in weird stuff, I don't hate you becasue you're dumb.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ken2112

    I am a die hard Denver Bronco fan, have been for many years and no one is more shocked than I am that Denver won yesterday. I have never been more frustrated watching the Bronco's play as I have this year with Tebow at the helm...even when they are winning. They are just flat out ugly to watch. Tim Tebow is an enigma and it will take a few years to really figure this guy out. I think what we have here is a "Jekyll and Hyde" type quarterback. You don't know from one game to the next which one is going to show up. Tebow looked great this Sunday and if he play's like that again Saturday, the Pat's are going to be in trouble..BIG trouble. When Tebow plays good, the Denver defense plays great. When Tebow is not, the defense has a way of letting teams score on them at will (besides the Chiefs game...the Chiefs just sucked this year). I'm not going to hold my breath and "pray" Denver wins, I'm just going to watch the game and see what happens.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      What you saw against the Steelers was finally a sign of CONFIDENCE in Tebow..........I am a diehard Patriots fan but if Tebow carries over his show of confidence and the defense follows him next weekend.....you guys could end up in the Super Bowl....and then what will the fans in Denver say....will they call him a fluke then? I am all for Tom Brady but he gets hurt easily and seems that Tebow is made of petrified wood! Maybe it is Tebow's turn to wear a ring his first attempt! That is what Tom Brady did with the Pats.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • marlene skowron

      you got that right

      January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Ed's dumb and knows nothing about football..."Brady's hurt a lot" what are you talking about? Dummy!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A. Shaw

    An insight into an average Tim Tebow-led huddle:

    "Dear Lord, please shower your blessings upon this shovel pass, for thou art great indeed. Let our fullbacks smite thine enemies, and bring woe upon their defensive end. May the glory and the power of thine presence allow our halfback to cross two white lines, so that we may attain the holy first. Amen"

    January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      Ha seriously. So if there really was a god, at what point would he say, "OK guy, you can't pray for literally everything..."

      January 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      And Lord...one last request....please allow us a 65 yard field goal on the final play of the game if it is tied. Thank you Lord.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dirty Joe

    I hate the word "trending."

    January 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModernMan

      HAHA! Me too!!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      TRENDING!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      There's only one word for Ed Sr of Dallas Tx: Trolling!!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DC

    I could think of a lot worse things a person could say or do than to publicly thank God. If you're so offended by this young man's piety, then it sounds like the problem is with you, not him.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      nah HE is the problem – there is no reason he should be subjecting everyone to his personal beliefs.....its one thing to say 'thank god' – we all do it, but its another when he wants to thank his savior jesus christ for the huge dump he took this morning in front of fans who only came to the game to watch football

      January 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nooneknows

    Genesis 3:16 –
    To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."
    Why not this one instead of John? Or Revelations? Or... This is just too funny.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Guy

      Good point....

      January 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Deuteronomy 22:28-29 If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

      Love to see the day when Tebow quotes that one!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    he's a gamer....god or no god....who cares. If it help him play better and those around him play better more power to him. Bet all you liberals would not be saying one bad thing about him if he was parying to Allah. hahahahaha.....

    January 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bac0325

    Let the guy do what he wants and leave all the criticism out of it. I see no one mentioning anything about the other players (from both teams) that get together in the middle of the field after games and pray as a group. What's the difference? Is it because Tebow is highlighted for doing it? Who cares???? Let believers be believers and let it go......

    January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. billy

    There you go Broncos thinking about switching out Tebow for Brady Quinn when Tebow got you to the playoffs in the first place. The broncos should be thanking him.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    he just needs to go back his church of the crazies and quit subjecting us to his faith beliefs. The fact that the NFL lets it happen is beyond me.....merely just saying thank god is one thing, but when he goes into saying 'I thank the lord and savior jesus christ....blah blah blah' is where he crosses the line. Sorry, but people don't watch football to listen to some young punk talk about jesus christ or go on a commerical about how he is pro-life. Sorry but keep your nose out of everyone elses business, along with the rest of the abortion supporters. Its none of your business

    January 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis610

      Oh so you are comfortable limiting his rights because you don't care for what he has to say? Its ok though when a player beats his chest and says "all me baby, all me"? Whats the difference? Sorry we don't wont all conform and sterilize the public square of our most cherished beliefs. Get a clue...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      so dennis. you do say that Tebow is no better than those who pound their chest and say "all me." i agree. they are all a bunch of clowns, tebow and that goodball from buffalo and all.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I don't have any problem with a person expressing his or her beliefs regardless of whether I share the beliefs because I can choose to listen or not listen, but get this: We have a president who wants to force us to purchase health insurance! Doesn't him forcing his beliefs on you just make your blood boil!

      January 10, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • mrb

      and it is okay for others in athletics to spew hate comments or ugliness? take a look at most of the "heros" in the athletics today. is what Tebow saying so detrimental? honestly who is it hurting?

      January 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Slovensko

    Listen to what Tebow says...not what you think he says. He never claims that God is favoring him or the Broncos. That is all the analysts, whoever else...all he does is thank God for the opportunities he has. If he loses, he is praising God just the same. To him, it doesn't matter whether he wins or loses, he wants others to know that Jesus loves them.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TORI©

    Come on people,it's just football. I don't get the corollary between football and faith.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The D

    God is a Cowboys fan. He decided to let them rest this year.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Man

      I thought he was a Colts fan, for injuring Peyton Manning so that they could get Andrew Luck?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Portland tony

    For a guy who just knocked down $8.23 Million in salary and bonuses in 2011, he just doesn't seem to fill the bill as an all around Christian messenger from God. Take away the bonuses and provided he's on a club roster in 5 years, he'll get a little over 12 Million for 5 years work..Not to say you can't have a bundle and still work for the man upstairs, but it's hard!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      I will gladly take that paycheck from God or from ANYBODY else and so would you! You give me the Powerball numbers that win and I will worship you too, Bubba!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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