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. Richard

    God's interest is with ones soul not a stupid football game. Seems as though the Broncos are making a mockery out of God and trying to force his good will on who will win a game that so many bet on. Time to remember that God isn't into grandstanding for anyone team and to suggest he is pretty dangerous to ones soul.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. guest

    I going to pray to win the lotto so I don't have to go to work anymore.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. bezerkur

    if they beat the patriots at home and then go on to beat the ravens then play the 49ers or giants in the superbowl and win it all then its official that the n.f.l throws games for ratings. just like they threw s.b 36 when the patriots beat the rams.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. EE

    Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matt 6:1 New International Version

    January 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. agala

    uck this

    January 9, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • FajitaBob

      uck you–Tebow Tebow!!!! I don't care if the Broncos win the SBowl–this kid is fun to watch! Oh, and agala sucks!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. agala

    uck rhis

    January 9, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. chucka

    Really Orchid? I'm pretty sure he is an extremist in a good way. He is an athlete who actually LIVES what he says and doesn't glorify drug use, using women, and money. He CONSTANTLY puts his teammates and coaches first. I guess you don't listen to the press conferences. He also is heavily involved in charity work (has been since high school) and is respectful to fans and other players. In a world of self-absorbed jerks, regardless of your faith or lack of, you should support Tim "breath of fresh air" Tebow who puts values, team, and others above himself.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • agala

      do you like dogs?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Amil0905

      Very well said!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brad

    He believes in a personal God, I do not but I am fine with it. He is being 'grateful' for the opportunity not the win. Being grateful is something well can benefit from. I am grateful for my opportunities, it is up to us what we do with them.

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

    Wrong: "just to irritate those who have criticized Tebow for his faith". He criticized for his DISPLay not for his personal faith.
    What if Hawaiian players praise their local pacific island gods, or if one yells "Allah uh akbar" after every score? Yep, there are muslim players in the NFL. What if one is Wiccan and praises the great mother witch?
    I hope Tebow doesn't get hurt with his spirited play, but he should keep his faith at home or in his church, like all the rest do. Of course if irritating is your objective, then I can only say: WWJD?
    Amen, Allah uh akbar, Wotan rocks.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden

      I wouldn't have a problem with someone saying, "Allahu Akbar" after they scored.

      It means "God is the Greatest." Don't see a problem w/ someone thanking and giving their God the glory.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Kwame

      Why so scared of his faith? Close your eyes, cover your ears. So childish.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. TO

    Don't really care about his faith, but I am glad he's a decent guy. There are so many worthless, egotistical football players. It makes me happy when a good guy like Eli/Peyton or Tim does well, as opposed to someone like Michael Vick...or Big Ben.

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

      why critize a player like Vick for cruelty to animals, when we have critized unfair cruelty to people, be the Black or White.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. nathaniel lindsey

    I think that in a country that practices one nation under God, with liberty and just for all should not gripe about a player who prays after a touchdown.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Plswakeup

    I have no complaint about Tebow. The sad thing is there are people who associated his winning with something divine. I think he helped his team win just because he was good. God who was way too busy killing ten of thousands of people with cancer, stroke, tsumani, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes somehow had the time to stop by a NFL game to help Tebow win. It’s a “miracle” that in this time of space exploration, there are still people blindfully believing in a fairy tale written by a bunch of uneducated people who did not even know that the earth is spherical.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Actually Paul (who wrote a large chunk of the New Testament was very educated. So was his doctor, Luke, who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. To say the Bible (particularly the New Testament) was written by uneducated people, shows your own lack of education.

      As far as them thinking the world was flat; most people over 2000 years ago, thought the world was round. It is a myth to say that they didn't. Ancient people were much smarter than we give them credit for.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. kurt

    Ugh religious people exploit this kid to validate their own beliefs, writing hundreds of articles about his faith and how great he is, then when people get fed up with all the religious bologna and self validation from people who don't even watch football the christens start a pity party claiming everyone is attacking them because of their faith.

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

      Kurt: I'd say the exploitation of this kid is mainly coming from CNN and those who are pushing an anti-religious agenda. LET HIM PLAY BALL! From what I've seen, he does not seek out attention, he just does what he does. Others (including you) can feel free to offer their opinions, but Tebow offers his opinion, and all hell breaks loose (compliments of the lib media). Go Broncos!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. CS Lewis

    Tebow did not thank the Lord for the win. Tebow can be seen "tebowing" even when he doesn't do well... he's giving glory to God instead of saying "Look at me! Look what I did!" Now THAT's refreshing in sport or for anyone in a public position.

    The problem with pain and with suffering... that's something we all struggle to understand. We think that God should prevent these things... when He has decided for His reasons, to operate through you and me. So while its good to see Tebow glorifying God no matter what, and to see him giving back through developmental work in the Philippines, the truth is, the Lord wants each of us to do the same, to be His hands and feet. Each of us can do more.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sid

    I've got a slightly different take on this: as a 2nd generation Georgia Tech guy who's had season tickets since '99 it offends me that everyone's talking about Tebow instead of the REAL hero: Demaryius Thomas! God's chosen quarterback threw a 20 yd pass that any 3rd string NFL QB should be able to make blindfolded. Bay-Bay's the one who took a 25-40 yd gain & turned it into the game winning TD! personally, I don't care if Tebow prays, sacrifices a chicken to Bondye or gets Monica'd by a cheerleader after a TD but it DOES offend me when he gets credit for another player's effort (yes, there are game changes that come from outside God's chosen conference too...)

    January 9, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
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