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. Brad

    "doesn't glorify drug use, using women, and money."

    chucka – I agree 100%

    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. FajitaBob

    These comments show how upside down our country has gotten: you can murder a baby and some people will treat you like a martyr, but show the tiniest bit of faith, and the same people act like you're the devil. Thank God you idiots are not the ones who will make the final judgement.

    OK, wackos, let me have it!

    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Martin Hall

    Who is the little girl with all the surgeries? I don't know the story there, but find it very admirable.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Recovering Republican

    Tebow was criticized in college, and went on to win a Championship and a Hiesman. Since coming into the NFL, Tebow has been criticized for just about everything he does. Tebow is a force to be reckoned with, however, and it is only a matter of time before he wins a SuperBowl and makes the current naysayers eat crow, just like he did back in his days with the Gators. The facts are simple, Tebow likes GOD, and more importantly GOD likes TEBOW.

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

    It is hard to believe that our great nation, founded on Biblical principles is so taken up with Tebow; are we so shocked as a nation that a Christian who does well is the odd man out? God does exist of which I have no problem in saying; and since He exists He is able to get involved in our personal lives; this is not shocking unless you are not aware of this

    January 9, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      He isn't the odd man out. Most people are just not as 'in your face' about their belief systems as he is.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Townsend

      Romans 8:28 KJV

      January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • 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 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Ultimately if you think Tebow is a great or terrible quarterback because of his faith you are not a very bright person. If you think he is a great or terrible quarterback because of his talent (or lack of) and past performances then there is the potential that you are not a shallow zealot.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Moses, get off the computer and get back to work!


      January 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    enough already...Tebow DID NOT win this game on his own. Give it a rest, he is not the new Messiah! In or out of football. He's still just a jock...!

    January 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Funny – when did Tim Tebow say that he took any credit for the win?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Vultron

    People need to realize this was not that big of an upset. The Steelers were missing half of their team. There best defensive player was out of the game. Again they beat a bad team and people think Tebow is the Messiah.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      TeBow is the anti-Christ.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lets Be Real Here

      No excuses. I think the Broncos have some injured players as well. I agree Tebow is NOT the messiah, but then again I don't think anyone else really thinks he is either. Nor does he for that matter. I don't understand why people are making such a big deal of his religious beliefs. Over the years I have seen many players give thanks to God after scoring a TD. Honestly I wish the media would let it go already. JMO.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. tannim

    To quote the phrase most commonly heard on Colorado radio stations: "Are. You. Kidding. Me???"

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

    This nation was never founded on Biblical principles. In fact people like Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin all worked quite hard for a nation cast in the secular mold. Hence specific wording like "separation of church and state".

    January 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Virginia Guy

      Learn your history. THe founding father were very careful in preventing a STATE SPONSORED RELIGION (as existed in England).

      January 9, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. ParadeFaith

    Matthew 6:5

    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."

    January 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      Exactly!!!!!!!!!!!! Well said Mathew6:5 Wish the republicans really believed in the bible.....

      January 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Opinionated

      This is hilarious jojo. .what do the Republicans have to do with Tebow??? Really, this remark is so ignorant, I will go do my housework.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      So, are you saying that Tebow is a hypocrit because he prefers to let his faith be seen by others? Are you assuming Tebow is just putting on a show so folks will think he's a Christian when he's not? How is it that you know his heart so well?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carolina

    The man has a right to his beliefs and he has a right to express those beliefs. If you don't want to hear them then put earplugs in your ears. And don't call me a far right radical. I am a Democrat and I share Tebow's beliefs.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ken

    I wonder what pious athiest Bill Maher and the SNL writing staff is thinking now.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • I bet...

      Tebow watches SNL and laughs, has hired a bodyguard because he is smart enough to know fans like you are his greatest threat, and wishes people would actually judge him on the field based on his skills at football and not his faith.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jojo

      He's probably thinking the truth....God had nothing to do with it..stupid

      January 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Botwin

      They're probably working on another hilarious sketch or comedy segment which Tim Tebow admits to enjoying.

      It's reality. Deal with it.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Barry G.

    Way to go, Tim!

    January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul DiMarco

    Tebow is not the Messiah but that was a great game. Oh yeah Vultron, injuries are part of the game every team has them come game day.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Barry G.

    The Apostle Paul wrote in his New Testament epistle to the Christians at Corinth: Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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