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.
Wow~a REAL role model in sports ~ It has been soo long since there has been one! Thank You Tim!
"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. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:5-6)
Hey, Jeff Davis! Nobody's playing. How's that grab you. God, people like you simply disgust me and 98% of the people who for some reason or other allow you food and water. Get a life.
Shame on the CNN journalist for encouraging this commercial football player to continue to make some big show about his "beliefs." If the player's deity needs this free publicity, the deity must NOT be "all-powerful."
I think it would be awesome if Denver got to the Superbowl... then lose so I can watch Tebow cry like he did when he lost the SEC championship game.
A man who cries is a man who feels something. A man without passion is no better than a rock.
Has nobody considered that Tebow is playing for Denver and is tutored by the God of Comebacks Elway? Tebow is just trying to live up to the big man. That's not a mirracle.
God does not care about who wins a football game, and He certainly will not prevent the Tebow and the Broncos from getting mauled by the Patriots in New England next weekend.
God told you this personnally?
Just another sad hater lib
Players in sports everywhere often point skywards after an impressive play. Award winning singers, actors and athletes often praise and thank God for their skills, abilities and opportunities. How is what Tebow does any different than what others do? I don't understand the big deal.
Tebow is no different except that the state run media has put so much focus on it. What is really dumb is how the sheep race to the slaughter and get caught up in it. Its just another liberal agenda item to kill religion.
The same god who gives Tebow his football victory lets children go without water in poor countries. That's not a god worth praying to in my humble opinion.
So sad to live your life the way you live it. Why dont you do like all of us christians and get off your butt and try to help. Go to churce get involved and give of your time like I do and so many other millions do as well. Wake up. BTW its the failed policies of most other horrible countries that cause so much famin in the world. So its evil humans who do those things. Only thing we can do is give our money, our time and hope that we can make a differnce. Its much better than your liberal stupid view to complain. Go Away or Get involved.
The same God says he will not interfere with man's will and leave man to make his own choices, and clearly when left to our own devices we find it easier to say .."as long as I am o.k., I essentially don't care about the next person..". Why does God have to intervene to bring water to a person, when corruption, greed and power prevents the proper distribution of something as simple as water.
Steelers lost that game, not sure Denver really won it. Happy for Denver, sorry for the country, as we'll have to listen to the NFL Network and ESPN cannonize Tebow for another week.
NASA Brat, get a life, the Steelers got their BUTTS kicked plain and simple. I just love cry babies in Pro Football. Heres one for you NASA Brat, #1 Defense in the NFL my BUTT. Your Fat Boy Rapist Big Ben got it shoved back up his rectum,
wow u steeler fans are goofs. Here is what I read from your post Waaaaaaaaaa, Waaaaaaaaaa you must be a liberal
I bet other mediocre quarterbacks like Trent Dilfer and and AJ Feeley are really kicking themselves now. Had they started talking about Jesus and never shut up about him they would've been placed in the same league as Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas.
WOW, sad life is yours
Tebow is just trying to spread the truth to anyone who watches his interviews, that Jesus saves.
Jesus saves? Saves what? Rainbows lead to a pot of gold.
Reality is just jealous he has chosen to be alone in the world. Most liberals choose that life and live it in anger and never can understand why. Cant help the souls who cant help themselves. So sad to be a liberal, I could never do it.
I wouldn't call 48% completions, hitting wide open receivers a miracle.
If there is a god, i doubt he gives a rats ass who wins or loses a football game. retards.
That is not what is being said here, you libs need to stop putting words into his mounth. Tebow is thankful to the lord for being given the gift to play. WAKE UP
"heaved an 18 yard pass" HEAVED?!?! Really?