Tebow's passing yards bring up biblical number
Tim Tebow celebrates as he walks off the field after his Florida Gators won the BCS National Championship game on January 8, 2009. In the black below Tebow's eyes, John 3:16.
January 9th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

Tebow's passing yards bring up biblical number

Early Monday morning, the top item on Google Trends hot searches is John 3 16, the passage from the bible that reads:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The number two and three searched terms on Google? Tebow and Tim Tebow.

It's surely all coincidence, but how many yards did Tebow throw for as he led the Denver Broncos to a 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's divisional playoffs on Sunday night?

Answer: 316.

And what did Tebow have on his eye black as he led the Florida Gators to victory in the 2009 national championship game three years ago to the day of his performance in Denver Sunday night?

Answer: John 3:16.

And while were looking at numbers, let's look at dates, like December 25, the birth date of Jesus Christ and the man who caught Tebow's overtime pass and scored the winning touchdown Sunday night, 24-year-old Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

In the next round of the NFL playoffs, Tebow, Thomas and their Broncos travel to New England to face the Patriots, a team that dominated them in Denver late in the regular season. The Patriots figure to be even bigger favorites than the Steelers were to defeat the Broncos Sunday night.

But don't count out Tim Tebow to produce some amazing numbers of his own.

Check out Time.com's gallery of John 3:16 in popular culture, including Tebow as a Florida Gator.

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  1. runymede

    Are Tebow's miracles another sign of the "coming" apocalypse?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Marco

    Jesus was not born on December 25th people...geeez.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bob

    Bad night for atheists.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Science builds jet planes.
      Religion flies them into buildings.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • cw

      Why? Because a quarterback used his own skills to win a game? I don't see what that has to do with religion.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • TriB

      Only if the Atheists, in question, believed in the Occult of Numerology. But, that would mean they weren't an Atheist to begin with.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark


      Bad night for atheists? I am an atheist and a Broncos fan. I had a pretty good evening thanks all the same.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • zzzzzz

      how is it , one can forget the 3 losses ...
      Bad time for believers...
      All people are God's children . How about the loosing team or supporters.
      Or are some Christians judgmental and believe that are above the rest of the children of God or Christians.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    In Central Florida, the game was on CBS channel 6 out of Orlando. I had the game on three sets, so that would be 6-6-6. I did it just to counter the apparent godliness Tebow was trying to send through my cable into my home. I hate that crap, screws up my router.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Coffe spittake, part 2. Thanks, guys!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    They should include John 20:4. Thomas caught the game winner and had 204 yds recieving. Look that verse up.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark


      Bad night for atheists? I am an atheist and a Broncos fan. I had a pretty good evening, thanks all the same.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      ignore last post – hit wrong reply button :)

      January 9, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    666 = The Number of the Beast

    15 = The Number of the Least

    January 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Thought Tebow was a new workout

    I find this to be just another way to cram religion down the throats of nonbelievers. I am pretty sure this is not going to convert anyone. I know a family who is very religious and they are in the midst of a huge crisis with a loved one who is fighting for life right now. They are praying as hard as they can and it is still very critical. Where is god to help them? What happens if he loses his fight after all the prayers? I know, I know, it was his time, all part of "His" plan :( So anyone who is praying with/for Tebow to win, sounds like your priorities are messed up. It's this kind of thing that really makes a mockery of religion, hard to take anything like this seriously, really.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. John Reuter

    Once again Christians will point out just about anything to validate their ridiculous beliefs. Oh wait a minute, there's Jesus on my grilled cheese sandwich, and that looks like him on a potato chip.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • derp

      I crapped him last night. It's miracle, my bump looked like jesus. My cornhole must be cornholy.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alexia

    this whole thing is out of control and getting creepy

    January 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thought Tebow was a new workout

      Totally agree! Hopefully they don't make it to the Super Bowl! Imagine the media coverage... gag!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. DebbieAnn

    December 25th is not the birth date of Christ, it is the day chosen by the church years ago to celebrate the birth of Christ because it coincided with popular pagan holidays. Tebow is a great guy and I admire his faith, but let's not start seeing things where there's nothing to see. Of the many games Tebow has played, he has one that adds up to 316 yards and all of a sudden there's some kind of correlation? How many other QB's have probably thrown for that same number of yards and nobody has jumped to conclusions about that.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe'"

    In my continuing series...Why do you waste my time like this.
    Tim Tebow – Why do you waste my time like this.
    A part of society swept away with numerology. And really...no problem with John 3:16 either...it's a beautiful verse.
    It's just that finding coincidence with numbers IS a real obsession with many people.
    So the bottom line? Who cares !
    So PLAY BALL !!!

    January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thought Tebow was a new workout

      And just like religion, numbers are man made. Nothing more than coincidence that numbers are going to match other numbers. Only in the imagination does it mean much of anything. People freaked out for Y2K... why? Because of some man made number that really meant nothing. Just a way for people to keep track of time! Craziness is all it is.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Walkingstick

    Except, Jesus wasn't born in December. Tebow is a creepy guy who sells mattresses in relationship to children and spends waaaaaaay too much time putting on the goody front to get near kids in under developed countries. He's also a hypocrite who will be nasty and trite, full of bile and condescending arrogance on the field. He knows how to cheat, foul, play dirty and hide it from refs and cameras. SOME of us remember it was a completely different game when he had to play in a 360 camera angle game.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Ummmm... I ralize I may not be Tebow's biggest fan, but, WHAT?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chris Jordan

    He also completed 10 of 21 passes...

    Deuteronomy 10:21 "He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes."

    January 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ????

      And even the devil can quote scripture to suit his own purposes.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rob W

    Cool dude.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Chris

    God does not like or support football, he likes and supports football.....figure that one out....lol

    January 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob W

      God is a Pats fan. Tebow will be give a cross, loss, to bear.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Z

      Probably one of the more accurate statements I've heard on here!

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