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. David

    Dear God,

    I'm sorry to interrupt you. I can appreciate that you like football and everything, and it's nice that you help your favorite team win, but if it's not too much trouble, could you help my autistic son?

    David

    January 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lupes

      I will be praying for your son...

      January 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      And you are? Sorry...too busy taking care of my boy Tebow. Gotta get him ready for the Patriots. I wok in mysterious ways remember. Gotta keep my priorities in order you know.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      I have sent Tim Tebow to do the works of caring for those who are autistic and disadvantaged. If only the others would catch on....

      January 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsopnmnd

      David nobody is saying God made the Bronco's win, Tebow gives thanks to God, thats not to hard to understand and i am sure it is hard having autistic son, don't blame God, maybe praying to God for guidance and help will help you.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Well said David.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. One_More_Week45

    Seriously, who attends The University of Florida as one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and doesn't get laid? What a waste. He's a great athlete, but he's also a huge dork. For his sake, I hope there is a heaven, cause aside from football itself, he's missed out on a lot trying to live life for God...Personally, I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with saints, the sinners are much more fun!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mouse

    I would venture to bet that Tim Tebow is the first and only football player to put up 316 yards in one game........NOT!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • buhbye

      I will bet the stats on # of rookie Qb's who have gone into the playoffs with a .500 record and beat a heavily favored 12-4 team is a much more exciting stat

      January 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buhbye

    Hey Stealers, HAHA!! I love watching the media darlings of the NFL go down in flames!! Now if Tebow can pull out another one in Foxboro, this would be an epic run.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      Media darling... you mean like the Tebow and the Broncos? The media can't get enough Tebow.

      And here I thought that the media darlings as regards entire teams was the Saints and the Packers.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • buhbye

      The Packers (because they are now winning) the Eagles, stealers, and the Patsies are all in that group. They talk about em like they were super human and when they lose its this huge thing because most of the experts are propping these teams up as their favorites. That's why I love to watch them lose because then the it shuts up the experts and their fans as well.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      Well of course teams that win a lot of games are going to be talked about as good and be the favorite to win. Wouldn't make much sense for them to talk about the Browns right now, would it? I'm guessing you weren't surprised when the Patriots lost to the Giants. Everybody loves a good underdog coming up and beating the behemoth. 7 out of 10 times the Steelers would probably win that game. You act like the media didn't talk about Tebow at all. Yeah sure, a lot weren't giving them a chance but I don't honestly know anybody who thought the Broncos were going to beat the Steelers.

      I'd be interested to know which team you root for. Judging from how you say Stealers, you are probably a Seahawks, Ravens, Bengals or Cardinals fan.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cheo

    I find it totally anti-Christian to expect a reward from God.

    Christ did not promise an easy life, like the one Richard Dawkin promises his followers (the brights) if they all become scientists or give all their money in taxes to fund the science enterprise, which he will receive a big portion of it.

    He only promised unspeakable joys and perhaps insurmountable difficulties.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boomer in Mo

    Has he crossed the line into narcissistic Christianity? You know, more interested in how he looks to other mortals and not paying much attention to how he actually presents himself to God? I find many so-call Christians are primarily worried about how they look to other people. They actually do little in the way of serving God or their church or their community or anyone but themselves.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jesus

    Things like this are why I worship Satan.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsopnmnd

      Hows that working for you..

      January 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harry

    Joe Montana > Tebow. Simple fact.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Solex

    Although I am not a fan of Prosylitzation – trying to convince people to join your cult – Tebow does seem to be a true believer.

    He is humble and not arrogant and seems genuinely grateful for his life and what he has achieved. I think it unlikely that he has many skeletons in his closet.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reasonably

    Cool – now if only Tebow could bring his miracles to something that matters like world peace or curing cancer, but alas, we're left with winning football games. Is there sainthood for come-from-behind-victories?

    January 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mouse

    He should be grateful for his life...he's been a couch potato all his life and just walked on to the football field for the first time and started winning games.......miraculous, no?

    January 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BE in TN

    Tebow has an ego the size of a football stadium and gets his orgasms being in the spotlight. I find it over the top to pray publicly for himself and that his team will win; surely God has been things to do than watch t bow on tv!! Give us all a break timmy, your making me sick!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe T.

    Has anyone else noticed that when he throws a football, it looks like he is throwing a shoe? Why does he not know how to throw a spiral? He's been QB for a while now... you'd think he would pick that ability up.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • buhbye

      Spiral or not, it was enough to burn the Stealers secondary, and THAT was awesome!!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Im pretty sure he can throw a better spiral than you.
      Its always funny when non athletes have the nerve to talk about a pro who could plant you with that bad spiral.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Doe

    Imagine if Tebow converted to Islam or better yet became an atheist , and every time he scored a touchdown or did an interview he mentioned his faith or lack of faith. The NFL would probably outlaw expressions of faith and the Christians would be furious. My point is in sports your faith shouldn't be a hot topic your play should and Tebow is average at best and there are much better quarterbacks in the league. I also think people should have higher expectations of their god , having him interviene in football games while the rest of the world is so messed up really makes one's god seem small.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Dear Tim Tebow, thank you for the hospitol you payed for with your football money, it has saved many lives.
      Signed,

      The phillipines

      Think about it for a while

      January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MJ

    What was with the game commentators? At the end of the game they all, in unison, did the Tebow 'bow'. I thought they had more class than that.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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