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.
How is winning a football game a miracle?
If you knew anything about football, the Broncos and the Steelers, you would not even ask such a question.
I didn't even know football was around 316 years ago???
Says the lard a$$ that hasn't seen his reproductive organ in many years unless looking in a mirror. Somebody that thinks physical prowess is stuffing as many pigs feet in his mouth as he can while swilling Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
Religious guy win!!!!
I love it when someone gets popular and famous that happens to be religious, the atheists can only get white knuckles in rage as religious guy sings HIS praises. Talk about free advertising, Jesus is loving this guy.
I marvel as Tim delivers each win, I marvel as I imagine the mighty work Tim may deliver with each passing week in this playoff season. Just one long playoff run by the great Tebow might save the lives of millions!!!!!!!!!!
Ohhh mercy i am being caught up in HIS rapture as i think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh mercy, oh mercy, go Tim, Go Tim, Hallelujah!!!!!!!
As an "Atheist", I don't give a rats a#$ what someone elses belief is...
Live and let live... Just because he drops to one knee to pray to a "magic man in the sky", it doesn't make me or any of my fellow "non believers" angry...
Good for him... He's a great guy 🙂
Yeah... no. I'm an atheist and a Tebow fan, but it certainly has nothing to do with his astounding following because he kneels down for god as publicly as possible, as often as possible.
If you seriously think your god is spending his effort to make a quarterback good, then that's no god I want a part of anyway. I can think of more than a couple things he should probably be doing instead. Just saying.
And I'm not mad at anyone, really. The only people I might get mad at are people who are claiming Tebow to be some miracle. I've read the Bible, and I don't remember a single occurrence of god, Jesus, the Apostles, or anyone doing a single miracle for the sake of winning a game.
Regardless, have a nice day.
Clint – you sound like a nice guy
AtheistGuy – Read my post again, i said nothing about God having anything to do with Tim's victory.
One thing i find funny is that everyone assumes Tim is praying to God to help him win. Really?????
I really don't care if religious people are successful or not but feel free to live in your 'us against them' world.
Actually what you believe or do not believe doesn't really interest me as much as you would think.
Like James, I also have better things to do with my life than get angry or happy when someone of a particular faith is successful or not.
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
You mean to tell me your god seeks to prove its existence through the shear luck of a gifted football player? Why can't he seek free advertising by, oh I don't know, providing tangible evidence of his existence by fixing amputees, ending genocide and mass hunger, helping individuals born in the wrong body or suffering from chronic daily ailments that cause nonstop distress and unimaginable pain and torment? Oh, right, he's too busy picking and choosing the "chosen ones" in the sports arena throwing around a pig skin ball like a bunch of monkeys. Your intelligence fails to surpass that of a grade school child and your blatant lack of critical thinking skills and gleeful joy at delusion is stunningly sickening. I feel embarrassed for you. You are the typical byproduct of religious brainwashing and imprinting. All religion has ever brought is mentally deficient fools like John D and intolerance. When will the masses grow up?
That is a pretty decent thing to say Clint. Most Atheist are angry when posting. Tebow is throwing a football and playing a game and not strapping a bomb to his chest so just let him have his moment.
John D, Tebow is nothing.. its all the magic of the sky man... he is doing everything...LOL
My underdogs win! I will sleep fine tonight! Thank you Broncos!
Whenever the Broncos lose a game, I usually stop and think to myself; "We may have lost, but at least I get to go back to Colorado and enjoy living in such a wonderful, amazing place. And the other team's fans have to go back to (Pittsburgh) so it all evens out." And again this time when the Broncos lost, I was still in Colorado, and the Pittsburgh fans had to go back and celebrate in... Oh wait.. they LOST... really sucks to be them.
Try to win with some dignity... Will ya?
Good for the Broncos.
Say what ya want; that OT play was awesome.......
Tebow threw 316 yards (John 3:16), 204 were to Demaryius Thomas. So just out of curiousity I looked up John 20:4 and it said: "So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first." God does have a sense of humor.
I'm confused. How do you throw for 316 YEARS? Hey editor, get your stuff together.
Really? You're gonna be "that" guy?
FYI: I just read the article again... It says 316 yards...
That was 4 minutes after you posted...
Find an actual cause to go out and fight...
Im happy for this guy he has been taking S H Y T from everybody who hates him, eat S H Y T Bill Maher and the rest of you H A T T I N G M U T H A F U K K A S.
I am going to smile all night long as the haters fume in their rage........... and I get the entire week to snuggle up in the comfort of Overtime deliverance!!!!!
Talk about a hating Mfer!!! that is you yepyep.....but you right winged christians are all about hypocrisy and hate, so your post is no surprise......your black soul is showing
Even I now have "TEBOWMANIA"!!