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. Mike

    I am so sick of you losers who think that Tebow and others think God is what makes Tebow and the Broncs win. It's his faith that drives who he is. But his play on the field he knows is him. He also knows with his faith that he can remain calm since what happens happens,. All Tebow knows is he strives to live a passionate life and lives it walking along the footsteps of our savior. WAKE UP PEOPLE can you really be that ignorant?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "All Tebow knows is he strives to live a passionate life and lives it walking along the footsteps of our savior. WAKE UP PEOPLE can you really be that ignorant?"

      the fact that you use absolutes in your statements when you have no absolute proof of such statements makes you ignorant.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Tebow's savior wasn't the magic man in the sky, it was poor coverage on the over confident Steelers part. No miracle here, just bad football. Tebow got lucky, next week not so much.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Typical liberal cant read... Learn to read then post. There is nothing in there about the man in the sky. Wow you guys are so sad and pitiful.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Controversial ?? Has CNN ever called Lady GaGa controversial for pushing her gay agenda? Has CNN ever called Bill Maher controversial for pushing his athiest views? Typical liberal bigotry from CNN

    January 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      Most of the atheists I know are conservative. Generalizing is probably typical for you I'd guess. Try to think outside the box more.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      LOL where do you live. There are polls to show that you are incorrect. They are usually neither or lean left. Typical lib speaking out with no facts.....

      January 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jere1

    awesome game guys. one of the best I've seen. i thought I was watching the Matrix.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jj

    So good to see this happen to a team like Putz-burgh. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of schmucks.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. calvin

    This is not a miracle, and God couldn't care less about any football game. I'm glad Tebow is supposedly a man of faith, but in my opinion, it's become a very inappropriate trademark. He knows the cameras are going to show him "Tebowing", and the media is just adding fuel to his fire. Sorry, Tebow, you won't ever catch me Tebowing.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beau

      Do you think Tebow cares if you Tebow or not?

      January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Calvin, what makes you think God is not interested in football? I like to think that God is interested in everything her/his children do even more so than earthly parents are excited about their children's accomplishments! We have to START thinking of God as a being that can be happy that we are happy, thrilled with our accomplishments as we are thrilled and STOP thinking of God as this "beyond reach-beyond understanding of who we are and what thrills us". I love the idea of God sitting in a celestial recliner with the "Heavenly hosts and Prophets" watching the games on the "BIG screen" (God gets ALL the sporting events)"!!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      I couldn't agree more....I support ANYONES beliefs. However, this man is exploiting it. Don't you people see that?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      stephanie has obvously never read the bible then

      January 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOE

    Like the American democracy, just about everything else in this country seems to be overrated or overly exaggerated. For example, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is considered one of the greatest quarterback in NFL history because of his enormous passing statistics. And this season I believe he broke Dan Marino's single season passing record which led some sport commentators to dub him the best in the game. Well, I have no problem with that but how do you tell that one quarterback is better than the other when for example quarterback A has 15 seconds to pass the football and Quarterback B has only 4 seconds to pass the football? In other words, would Drew Brees have the same passing record if he played behind the Cleveland Browns offensive line? Of course not because he'd be eating grass every time he snap the football. So if you ask me about Drew Brees I'd say he's just an average NFL quarterback who has great statistics simply because he is fortunate to be playing behind a great offensive line. O' and Tim Tebow? Well, there's an exception because when Tim Tebow's offensive line breaks down, he is still able to keep the chains moving because he is a gifted athlete who is capable of moving around and scrambling for more yardage or buying time for his receivers. Let's face it, Tim Tebow is by far a better quarterback than Drew Brees or Tom Brady for that matter. And yes, Tim Tebow is a God!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      VERY well put!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      that simply means Tebow is a better athlete, not a better QB. so thanks for all those words but nah, your argument doesn't work.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reality

    Awe, look at me. I can come on CNN and run my mouth behind the mask of the internet, yet my life is so sad that I am too busy insulting Tebow and everyone else to realize that I DONT EVEN PLAY PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, yet I will talk like I do!! PATHETIC!! A win is a win, PERIOD! But I guess it would make for better headlines if Tebow pparticipated in dog fighting, or shooting a gun in a night club or anything OTHER than being a positive role model. So shut up all you crybabies!!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jesus Your Lord

    I don't like Tebow. He spends to much time praising me. I don't want to be worshipped. I don't like all the attention and BS that is going on with modern day Christianity. It's not what I set out to start. KNOCK IT OFF... just be good.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda


      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve-OB

    I don't have a problem with Tebow. I think it's great that he tries to do positive things in his life and has a passion for football but I do a problem whith people or a group of people that think there is an imaginary god in the sky who plays favorites. This is arroagance beyond reality to think there is a deity who favors one over the other. In other words "they" are the chosen ones to go to "heaven" and the rest of us are just crumbs and not worthy.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jehrimia johnson

    Attn avid sportsman and hunters, the results are in and proved that the T-Bow outperforms the Dickla-Bow. Just ask someone over Dewayne Bowe.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jere1

    316→3:16. pretty cool. love it.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • FlyonthWall

      3:16 in the afternoon? Not a good time......5:00 is much if he had 500 yards i would then be more impressed. Put down your sky faery and walk away.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      4:20 is best

      January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jere1

    316→3:16. pretty cool. love it!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Stebbins

    6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ReallY!!?

    For the haters, Tebow thanks God for HIS own success. It is not about who wins. To the announcers afterwards for making fun of him shame on you. If this were a Muslim the entire world would be silent!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      That is ridiculous. You like Most Americans!!! If he were Muslim in this hypocritical country he would be burned at the stake. You are not accepted in our Close-minded society unless you buy into ALL the lies from Christianity that we have been feed for centuries.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "Tebow thanks God for HIS own success."

      So Tim Tebow is a selfish Pr*ck is essentially what you are saying.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SChris

    How else could he have scored such a dramatic touchdown in overtime if it wasn't for his faith in christ? You non-believers need to spend less time worrying about tebow's love of jesus and more time worrying about your immortal souls.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Do you really believe that Jesus is up there saying hmmmmm, I'm gonna help out this overpaid athlete by giving him this TD. That's his real concern and that's what he was all about, don't ya know?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SChris

      I think God is rewarding all Christians for their faith by giving us a strong christian role model that our kids can look up to. It just so happens that this reward has manifested itself in Tebow throwing touchdowns.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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