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. Just Curious

    Would he get the same love and affection from people if he faced East, dropped to his knees, and started praising Allah? HAHAHA..

    January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Laffertyinc

    Although christians would like to think that the Tebow controversy is about religion, it is not. It is over the fact that he sucks and should not be a starting quarterback. Stop making this about your beliefs. He has lucked out a few times but it won't last. Check his stats. I will take any and all bets.

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

      So, he throws for 316 yards....and he sucks? He wins 6 straight, and he sucks? He takes over a poor offense, with no-name receivers and 204 yards later, he sucks? He out plays the other team....he sucks? Hate all you says in the Bible that they hated Jesus, so of course they will hate His followers. Make it about stats, but it's about lack of faith really.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. tiazu

    was actually a really good game to watch.. this teebow guy is really starting to wear off on me.. he has had many great come backs for such a "non starter" qb.. wish the bronco's a good showing against the pat's..

    January 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. jay

    why is he controversial? since when is faith controversial?

    January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rsprings

    I hope they go on to win the Super Bowl just to irritate those who have criticized Tebow for his faith.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Orchid333

      Faith has nothing to do with winning a Super Bowl... There are and have been many quarterbacks with less "faith" than Tebow who have won a Super Bowl.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Nobody said faith won the game or will win the Super Bowl. It is nice to see a nice young man so full of faith and I for one am tired of the criticizers and the sports writers who love to bash him. Tebow neve rsaid God helped him win football games, quite the opposite. God has more important things to worry about than who wins the Super Bowl. Tebow does adknowledge God and gives him the praise for everything. Orchid333 maybe you should read what Tebow actually says before you talk.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      I hope they go too so even more people can see the nauseating bs that is the TEBOW wearing his faith like he was dipped in it... its reprehensible to think god favors you while letting millions die and suffer... anyone who believes in expressing your faith in this way is a pathetic excuse for a human being.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I certainly don't criticize Tebow because of his faith. I criticize him because like most Christians he has absolutely no clue what his holy book teaches:

      Matthew 6:6- 6-7 :Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

      Perhaps we should modernize it:
      "Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues and on street corners or in football stadiums"

      January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • 222joco

      I love it when people like Jim mis-apply scripture. Look at his deeds and his checkbook (the real yardstick of whose you are) which are private and you will see the truth... You may not like it but Jesus did say his followers would be persecuted because of his name.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Anticommunist


      What's wrong with showing your faith? As far as I know the Usa is a free country where everyone can express his opinions freely, be it atheist, christian, muslim, jew, LGBT, not LGBT liberal, conservative, socialist etc.

      If you are an atheist and you don't like what he's doing ignore him, that's what the christians and other groups have been doing all the time someone bashes them.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen took that scripture completely out of context....Tebow is simply thanking God and giving Him glory and also asking God for guidance. This is very scriptural.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • 222joco

      Tebow haters aren't mad at Tebow...they're mad at Jesus. There is something missing or wrong with their life and failed belief system and if the truth be told, they wish they could have the faith in the one true GOD that Tim has... And the good news is...they can...

      January 9, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Orchid333

    This is getting pretty silly. I love the Broncos – have since the days of Elway – but all Tebow is doing is using "God" as an excuse as to why he wins or loses and it kinda makes me sick. How about praising the hard work and dedication of the entire team, not just a preachy quarterback? Elway won 3 super bowls and you didn't see him getting down on his knees and praising the Lord for every completed pass. This is only news because Tebow is an extremist... not something to ever be encouraged.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • daniel

      Actually Elway only won two Super Bowls. Some Broncos fan.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Orchard333.... You must not know that much about the Broncos or John Elway... John and the Broncos only won 2 Super Bowls, not three. And whats wrong with praying? Would you rather he flipped off someone, or smoked a pipe, or drank? Who cares, as a TRUE Broncos fan, we love it!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      I think its great that he glorifies God in what he does....he also is building a hospital in the Philippines for children. I would be so proud of my child if they had the quality Tim Tebow had.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      and I forgot to mention, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Reese38139 claim to be a Bronco fan yet you don't know how many Superbowls Elway won. It was 2. He went to 5 Superbowls. I assure you that I'm the least religious person you'll ever be in contact with, but like Rsprings comment above, I want him to win just to irritate people that dislike Tebow because of his faith.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ChetManly

      You are obviously an uninformed party...the first thing Tebow said after the win was "We couldn't have done it without all of us working together as one"

      January 9, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jes-us

      Elway won 2 Super Bowls.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Laffertyinc

    Big Ben is also a christian who makes public gestures towards the heavens but he lost? Whats up with that? Did god forsake him? Does god like Tebow better? It's 2012 people. Seriouly.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Shar

      Laffertyinc – Yes, it is 2012. You are stating the obvious – but thank you.
      God sent his Son to show us the way. People mocked him as well – Heck, they even hung him on a cross to die.
      Does Tim say he is the Son of God? No. Is it alright for him to thank God for the ability and for the success of his football playing – Yes. We all have to stop controlling each other and let the good times roll. And, yes, it was
      great to see the other quarterback thanking God for his abilities and success. I'm really happy that his life has turned
      around – Wow – both quarterbacks were awesome in my opinion.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. maxpower

    It's not a miracle. The Broncos have a very good defense, and the Steelers had a lot of guys playing with injuries, or out altogether with injuries. If the Broncos win the Superbowl, then it will be a miracle.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Davdi crandall

    God and Jesus ain't going to help the Broncos get to the super bowl. They have a very fomidable path to run against against the Saint's, Giants, Packers and 49er's. Forget it.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Shar

      We all need to stop mocking Tim Tebow.
      He is allowed to thank God when something goes well for him.
      Think of the millions who do not say thank you to God each day and yet God is still there if we need him.
      We Americans watch B.O. mock others and now it has become acceptable. To me it is not.
      We all need to stop trying to control others when they are not hurting anyone or anything.
      The opinions and comments on here are so irrational. They have actually so little to do with what Tim does or it.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Botwin

    I saw a cloud shaped like Jesus over the stadium when Tim threw that pass.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick


      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Shar

      Did you take mocking lessons from Barry Soetoro/B.O.?? Not cool.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rondo

    The anti religious are funny. They get angry because someone prays. Nobody said that god was going to help him. That was made up by the religious haters. Why don't you talk about Allah the same way? Allah and Budda are the same as Santa Clause, but the haters never mention them. I think they coose to hate Christianity more than the others

    January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Actually it's idiots like you that I don't like – those masquerading as "Christians" who denigrate the faiths of others.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Laureiilie

      Clearly you know nothing about modern religion. Allah and the Christian God are the same figure/character/deity. As is the God of Judaism. The three are the "religions of the Book," to put it overly simple: Chapters 1, 2 and 3. No matter whether you are a Jew, Christian or Muslim, you worship the same being: Yahwey/God/Allah. The difference is whether you accept Jesus and/or Mohammed. (In fact, in Islam, Jesus is considered the second most important prophet after Mohammed.) Allah is nothing but the word for God in the language that the Koran was written. Just a history lesson for you.

      As for football, I'm happy for the Broncos. Tebow seems like a wonderfully upstanding young man. His religiosity may turn some people off, but you cannot deny that he lives what he preaches. And no, he doesn't thank God for the win (I always hate when athletes do that.) He thanks God for his health and opportunity to play, but works hard in practice and on the field. Good for him and his teammates. Here's hoping they bring that same level of game to New England next week!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. jdurand

    The game yesterday was sloppy. The Steelers were a disaster until very later into the 3rd quarter when they finally managed to start catching up.

    Both teams performance was uuuuuugly.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. ts

    who cares let him do what he wants. think about it he is not hurting society in any way. Faith, love, God are good ..let him be. good luck tebow. GO Pats!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Darwin was right

    Tebow thanked the LORD for the WIN. Maybe GOD should STOP helping footballers and devote more effort to saving the roughly 10,000 CHILDREN who DIE every day in the world from disease and starvation. TEBOW brings ridicule to Christianity when he attributes his football success to GOD.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Shar

      Darwin you are quite irrational.
      Stop picking on Tim.
      He is just saying thank you.
      I know the prez has made mocking acceptable. But trust me – I'm sure God does not like it.
      God loves everybody. You can't stop him. Does he see the children? Of course.
      Do you know the plan, Darwin? Of course you don't. With a handle like that you might try some evolving.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      @Darwin was right.....your nuts! Its because of Christians that many poor have food and water and hope. Jesus said that the poor will be amongst us always.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ian

    What do any of you care if he prays or not? Land of the free. Let the guy pray. He never said God is solely responsible for his winning, and you certainly have no proof he never gives credit to his teammates. Let it go.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
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