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. rudix

    when you believe it can happen....more about this and 2012 at wwwTheDimensionMachineDOTcom

    January 9, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Slayer 666

    he just like every other Christain he need s a crutch to stand on to weak to stand on his own,has to have the opinion of the church to guide his life you morons,if there is a god he don't like this place.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tebowwashisnameo

    Two things struck me at the end of this GREAT football game – one thing I saw, one I didn't see. Wasn't at the game, just relying on TV coverage. I saw Tim, mid-Tebow, look up at/for the cameras that were focused/fixated on him. I didn't see him shake hands with a single Steeler player.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. james

    Every body has their riht to practice and wintness waht they believe and Tebow is doing the same thing, He makes use of the opportunity that many don't get to be a testimony for the Lord Jesus whom he has put his trust . There is nothing wrong in it . Whether he wins and loose, it doesn't matter . He is living his life , giving honour to the Lord.


    January 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shirley

    Tim Tebow is doing exactly what God has ask of him..........Give God the glory and praise for the accomplishments of his life. There will be ups and downs but Tebow knows who is going to be there to pick him up when no one else will.......that would be God the Father of all creation! FAITH is what Tebow professes and what some of you just don't understand. JOHN 3:16 is the best place to start reading the bible to see how much you are REALLY loved.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • TiredODaCrap

      Not just what HE asks of Tebow, but what HE asks of every one of us....

      January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • mykidsmom

      I agree....I have been a Bronco fan since I was in 5th grade(25 years btw), and I have never been MORE hopeful of my team as I am right now....we have a strong, Christian leader at QB.....AMAZING! We have won superbowls, back to back superbowls, but the praise to God that Tebow much more than those past rings! God has used Tebow to bring His message and it is AWESOME! Go Broncos.....God Bless!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • mfx3

      And yet, most of these accomplishments were achieved by receivers and offensive linemen, not Tebow. Interesting.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • apostate

      I had 5 dimes on the Broncos, praise Satan!!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • DeejCNN

      From reading everything, Tebow sounds to be the perfect GOP Candidate 🙂 I think he will get a LOT of conservative votes...

      Jokes apart, I was so pleasantly stunned they way he threw against the scary Steelers' defense (Palamalu/Taylor and all)... what a game it was... this is why I love football over any other game... 1 game is a decider and makes a BIG difference!

      Go Tebow!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      You'll notice that the liberal atheists haven't gone after the BLACK Christian players who for years have been "doing a Tebow"-before Tebow ever played in the NFL. They decided to wait for a white guy. Hypocrites!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • DJS - ABQ

      Shirley is exactly right. I applaud Tim Tebow's Christian faith, and, as a Christian, I am proud of his accomplishments on and off of the football field.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. jkINC

    Well it only makes sense that God was unavailable the past few weeks to help Tebow, it was the holidays and that is the Big Guy's busy season.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary Walker

    Tim Tebow has been so inspiring that on Jan 8, 1-8-12, I have stopped drinking and taken Jesus into my heart like never before.

    Thanks, God and Jesus, for providing this Pittsburgh resident a chance to watch Tim Tebow. I send him all my thanks and best wishes.
    Mary Christine Walker, Pittsburgh PA

    January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Uh.... Was that sarcasm? Or did a guy who throws a football really somehow inspire you to believe in a god?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Christ

      Mary, please don't start loving me more just because Tim Tebow made it to the playoffs.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mabel White

    I am pretty sure that turning the superbowll playoffs into a religious issue is freaky in a sick way

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

      He's not. The media is. Put the blame where it belongs.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. bigdoglv

    Say what you will about Timmy. He is a very good quaterback and just handed the defending AFC champs their ticket home. If he wants to share his accomplishments with God, so be it. It is no ones business but h

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

    No one would care about his faith if the media weren't making such a big deal of it. There are a LOT of Christians in the sports world, and other players make gestures to thank God when they make a big play. I don't understand what the big deal is with Tebow. Why does the media seem so fascinated by him? He's doing well, but so what? Good for him and all, and I don't share his brand of Christianity, but seriously... what's the big issue? He's not the one shoving things in people's face–it's the camera guys making a point of focusing on him when he gives thanks, it's the talking heads in media going on and on about it (and him). If they would shut up and the camera guys focus elsewhere, no one would blink an eye over it. Frankly, I prefer him over people like, say... Ben Roethlisberger or Michael Vick. And I went to FSU, so I'm no Tebow fan. Just let it go, and focus on the GAME.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    make fun of Tim all you haters are some FACTS
    1) he's making more money than just about everyone in the league because of endorsements
    2) He just threw OVER 300 years against the #1 pass defense in the NFL
    3) Longest pass to win an OT game EVER
    4) fastest OT win in OT in the NFL EVER
    5) run your mouths all you want Steeler fans……because all your team is doing now is watching from the couch…..

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

      He just threw OVER 300 years against the #1 pass defense in the NFL?

      That makes him the oldest quarterback EVER to win a playoff game. LOL

      January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Spin Dr.

    Tebow's faith is at the center of his life. He lives in the true Christian way and football is part of his life. Everyone assumes that when he prays, he prays for a win. Maybe he prays for the safety of his team and to play to the best of his abilities and that results in a win. God has used ordinary people to change people's lives through out history: a fisherman, a carpenter, a tentmaker, a shepherd boy, a tax collector, etc. Why not a football player?

    January 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    the liberal's would be MUCH happier id Tim was praying to Allah......hahahahaaha

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

    If you look closely at the overtime play, that was actually jesus himself throwing that pass not tebow.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sherri Moore

    What is wrong with our society when we constantly bash a young man for his faith and convictions. We should be applauding Tiim Tebow and all he stands for. We finally have a role model for our youth. Remember this, if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything! Keep it up Tim!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Laffertyinc

      It has nothing to do with his beliefs and everything to do with his abilities and poor performance.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
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