Believe it: Tebow works another miracle in Denver
No. 15 Tim Tebow threw for 316 yards for the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
January 8th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Believe it: Tebow works another miracle in Denver

The astounding story of Tim Tebow added another chapter Sunday as the controversial quarterback led his Denver Broncos to a stunning 29-23 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wildcard playoff game.

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 actually took up more time than the extra period.

Tebow has been criticized since his college days at the University of Florida for his awkward throwing motion and his overt Christian faith - including his practice of bowing in prayer after touchdowns. But Denver fans, and eventually the Broncos front office, embraced him this season as he led a series of late-game comebacks.

On Sunday he threw for 316 yards (which some people noted might be punctuated 3:16, for the cornerstone verse from the Gospel of John); 204 of those yards were throws to Thomas.

At the postgame news conference, Tebow acknowledged that football success is great but tried to put it in perspective.

"Football is amazing. We love it. We're so passionate about it as you could see right there (on the final play)," he said, according to video on "But the real win, at least I would say today, is being able to comfort a girl who's been through 73 surgeries before the game, and get a chance to go hang out with her now. That's the biggest win of the day. So they're both exciting, but that's what I'm even more proud of."

Tebow Time now moves on to New England, where the Broncos will face Tom Brady and the top-seeded Patriots on Saturday.

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  1. Blue Dog

    I've come to the conclusion that the Internet and comment sections on media websites bring out the absolute worst in humanity. Im only 34 yet I can remember the days when you had to get out a typewriter or pen and paper, think about the point or counterpoint you would like to make in regards to an article you read and then write it out and send it in the mail. Now it's just misspelled, five word insults tossed out with no regard for anyone else. It's pretty sad that everything has to be so dividing among man.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Best comment on CNN ever. So true! Thanks Blue Dog!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. realisticCatholic

    Connecting John 3:16 to Tim Tebow is... if Brady, Rodgers, Manning, Brees threw for 316 yards would we connect that to John 3:16 as well? no we wouldnt. Its just statistics.
    Just because Tebow is more religious, all of a sudden these numbers mean something? It's not a big deal, you catholic football viewers need to see that relating religious stuff to Tebow is a joke, and shouldnt be taken seriously.
    But then everyone plays a part to make this whole thing a big deal when it really isnt. THIS IS NEWS?? step up your game cnn, and save it for ESPN to do it right.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike.

    God frowns on Ben for obvious reasons. Hope Broncos beat the cheating Pats!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. DukeofH

    Revoikes, are you honestly that ignorant? Atheism by it's very definition is lack of belief system, ideology, religion etc. It's NOT a "Belief in the absence of God" It's simply lack of belief in imaginary friends / fairy tales written by men. I've read the Bible, Quran, Taoist & Buddhist texts and none of them convince me of a Personal God who cares deeply about winning NFL game, NASCAR Race or Country Music Award! Having said that, I beleive there are great mysteries to our universe and many mysteries which physics is yet to exlplain! I beleive in the beauty of mathemetics and physics and if there is such a "thing" as God, logic dictates it would be something like Spinoza's God as opposed to a very "human" rewarding / vengeful God. If having this beleif helps Tebow play better...what harm is there?

    January 9, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregt

      Well said DukeofH

      January 9, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Likealion

    Christians follow Christ, not Tebow or any other man. And they don't believe in numerology.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
    • John Atkins

      Although I'm an agnostic, I find myself a big fan of Tim Tebow. He is not asking anyone to follow him (well, perhaps his team down the football field). He didn't imply that the 316 yards coincidence is divinely inspired, the press did (to sell newspapers).

      January 9, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy

    How have our divine intervention standards been so dumbed down that winning a football game is considered a "miracle"?

    January 9, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      If they win next week at New England, Tebow will qualify for sainthood.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      exactly, sos much so that people such as you waste thier time to come into blog spaces and critisize people for thier excitement only to make yourself feel good for being right about people all along. Good thing the internet came along to validate your feeling toward all mankind.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Especially as they were leading 20-6 at halftime.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      not really,just the media trying to create contraversy

      January 9, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. The_Mick

    If God influenced the game in favor of Tebow, but the last time they played the Patriots they lost 23-41, doesn't that mean God favors a QB (Brady) that gets two unmarried women pregnant then someone who prays (Tebow)? This nonsense that God personally wants on team or the other to win is ridiculous – and Tebow's pretense that God is helping him is sacrilegious.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      It makes it all so much more clear now that you have pointed it out. Thankyou for showing the sinners the way. Have you started your own sunday tv hour yet to rake in all the sacriligious dollars yet as many preachers do these days or do you only preach in internet blogs?

      January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Doubting Thomas

    I was raised Christian, but long since denounced the faith. There are many things moving in my life right now. I love everything Tebow stands for and as an advid Gator fan, I have followed him for a long time. Next to being raised in a Christian household, football was my next religion (in that the sport was practiced and lived much like a religion). Should the things going on in my life and the actions this man, Tim Tebow, has both on and off the field lead me back to a direction I lost along time ago I think it would be hard for those of you "christian-tebow-nay-sayers" out there to deny that he, tebow, is doing exactally what God would want... testifing in his own way.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • bob thomas

      Hey Doubting name is Bob Thomas...I want to encourage you...keep moving back to faith in Jesus Christ. I think you are headed that direction...and I believe you will get fact it may have already happened. I am a huge TT fan as well...and I thank God for this kid's settled devotion to Jesus Christ. Mockers, God haters can say and do as they please...God is helping be his best at any given think that is what God is concerned being our best regardless of our playing field. God bless you as you journey back home.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. JJ

    So Jeeeezus sets up Tebow for a win by kneecaping and injuring 70% of the Steeler's players? Couldn't magic jesus find a more decent way to get his boy to win?

    January 9, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. tstorm

    It's a football game, Tebow, your right wing moron! You didn't exactly find the cure for cancer! You suck.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. holycow

    It does not say anywhere in the bible that the Denver Broncos will win the superbowl.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Saint of Dallas

    It's not that Tim Tebow is asking God to favor him for a win against other teams (Tebow talked about this several times), but that God give him a platform for expressing his faith. Those who are ticked off at Tim's expression of faith and come on here to comment as much are only fueling this platform, so it's a win win for Tebow's divine strategy

    January 9, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. holycow

    so if they lose next week, does that mean JC doesn't like teabagger anymore.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. GhostColin

    I really hope for the sake of his fanbase's sanity, this man never commits a mortal sin. There will be spontaneous combustions happening all over Tebow nation. That said, I'm an atheist and I like the guy. I could do without the all the praying, but I'd rather have that then yet another ungrateful drug-addled, gun-toting thug beating up women, puppies and not paying child support in the NFL. Best of luck Tim. Genuinely.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas Doubting

    The miracle stops in Bradys backyard, guranteed !!!

    January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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