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 NFL.com. "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.
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.
Best comment on CNN ever. So true! Thanks Blue Dog!
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.
God frowns on Ben for obvious reasons. Hope Broncos beat the cheating Pats!
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?
Well said DukeofH
Christians follow Christ, not Tebow or any other man. And they don't believe in numerology.
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).
How have our divine intervention standards been so dumbed down that winning a football game is considered a "miracle"?
If they win next week at New England, Tebow will qualify for sainthood.
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.
Especially as they were leading 20-6 at halftime.
not really,just the media trying to create contraversy
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.
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?
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.
Hey Doubting Thomas...my 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 there...in 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 TT...to be his best at any given moment...win/lose/draw...I think that is what God is concerned about...us being our best regardless of our playing field. God bless you as you journey back home.
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?
It's a football game, Tebow, your right wing moron! You didn't exactly find the cure for cancer! You suck.
It does not say anywhere in the bible that the Denver Broncos will win the superbowl.
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
so if they lose next week, does that mean JC doesn't like teabagger anymore.
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.
The miracle stops in Bradys backyard, guranteed !!!