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. Monica

    Proverbs 3:6
    IIn all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr. F

    The best thing about this win is that it made Bill Maher cry.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack_of_Arts

    You are today's poster child for birth control, as well as for mandatory sterilization so closed-minded idiots like you shouldn't breed. It was a great game, end of story.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dinosaur1972

    God doesn't care who wins football games. But He does grant strength and confidence to those who believe in Him. And strength and confidence CAN win football games.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      oh i guess it has nothing to do with his work ethic and genetics....

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


    He's a better athlete and a better quarterback period. And I'd put my money on a two dimentional quarterback over a one dimentional overrated overpaid quarterback anyday.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      in order to be "2-dimentional" you would need to pass and run well....Tebow is not a passer, so he is technically 1-dimensional , he can run. Considering brees has been putting up huge numbers for years and considering he is a career 66% passer when Tebow can barely touch 50%, I would give your statement a second thought. Either that, or youre trolling. Either way, you know very little about the NFL.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      @ timmy – no your comment needs reassesing. So, he may not have the highest numbers, but for such a young quarter back, yesterday was I am by no means saying he is the greatest or anything close.....but becoming a two dimensional quarterback? Yeah, I would say he is falling into play.....kind of reminds me of the old days with...what was his name....oh thats right JOHN ELWAY......but I am sure you'll say he was never a great either right?? LOL

      January 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      oh yeah, and nice comaprison...."drew 66%" ...blah, blah, blah....well lets wait the equal amount of years before making that comparison GENIUS!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    Okay's the bottom line on all this Tebow stuff....just think about this for a minute before continuing the back-and-forth blogging to no end: If "God is", he is able to do anything he wants. ANYTHING. He doesn't need the permission or approval of ANY of us created beings if he wants to direct a victory for the Broncos. Given this, he knows we're all a bunch of losers. He looks down from heaven and sees the gods and idols his creation has made for themselves; one of which is the worship of FOOTBALL every Sunday. He's not pleased that he's been so usurped, but his love for his created bunch of losers is infinite, so he hatches a plan to suggest to people that he really is everywhere, and really does love them anyway. He finds ONE player who has repeatedly demonstrated his faith, against much opposition and outright mockery. So much so that the subject of "God" begins to appear in the news and on blogs all over the country: 90 million hits on John 3:16. As for yesterday's win and the theological implications of the numbers, he fore-knew that such a coincidence would generate a discussion among people who usually don't pay much attention to him on Sundays. If just one person is rescued from "the dark side" as a result of the discussion, he and his angels are dancing. If the Broncos lose next week, it's of no concern to God; he might use the loss to draw attention to himself in another way. Or not. He can do whatever he wants. This week at least, the message from him is clear: There's a much bigger game we losers are playing in, and there's only one path to victory....through HIM!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      the fact your god has stake in football games yet cant feed millions of starving children would make any sane person think twice about that stance.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Recovering Republican

      Tebow obviously loves God, and God obviously loves Tebow. Tebow is a good role model, and a fine example of how to be a Christian, without coming off as a preachy stain. Stop fighting Tebowmania, and learn from it.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      @Timmy: He has a stake in everything, including the "millions" of "starving" kids who are being fed, mostly by God-believing Christian organizations. So now, those who are blogging about Tebow are talking about feeding starving children...maybe more will be fed as a result of this discussion, and it will have all started with a football game. 🙂

      January 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      you christians are really short sided....never once did I bash the man for his faith. I bash the guy cause he is glorified as an amazing QB when he is average at best. Good leader, average QB. I could care less about your faith, but when you say millions of starving children are getting fed by mostly christian groups, thats where I draw the line. There are many non christian groups that do their part as well, yet we still have millions upon millions of starving people in the world, which your god will not help. Why exactly? cuz hes busy watching Tebow? To say that because Tebow is faithful is the reason he won yesterday is ignorant. It has nothing to do with god and everything to do with how both teams planned, played and executed during the contest.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCFx

      Littel Timmy. You know nothing about spiritual matters and even less about football. Katie's post says it all about the spiritual side so i'll concentrate on the football side. Tebow might be an average "passer" (accuracy, reads, etc) but he's no where near an "average quaterback". Show me another quaterback who can stand poised in the pocket , without a sack, without an interception, then run for 50 yards and a touchdown and ALL against the the best defense in the NFL????!!!!!!!!! When you consider his ability to run over a Steeler strong safety to get to the end zone, you have an extraordinary quarterback. And the kicker is that this is only his 2ND YEAR IN THE NFL!!!! That's above average Little Timmy.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watchman and the Wardog

      To Timmy" God does provide for the hungry. Man's greed stops it from getting there. He wants men like you to step up, pray, and go forward to stop the greed. Stop sitting back doing nothing but pointing the finger at God. Get off your backside and get moving.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • tebowner


      Cam Newton is better is every aspect of quarterbacking than tebow.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark


      Your joking right? I am a fan of the Tebow story line and his remarkable ability to somehow pull through, but don't kid yourself into thinking he is even an average quarterback. Joe Flacco is an average quarterback. Tebow is below average and has a Defense that woke up mid-season to rally behind "change." His career high is 316 yards thats not an average, that's an all time high for him. The week before that he threw for 60 yards. You want to talk about running over the Steelers and a #1 Defense. They are from a number 1 defense with all of their injuries. They pretty much had the practice squad out there. But that's whats great about Tebow is that he has oppurtunities (No one else gets!!!) and takes advantage of them. He is not the worst QB in the league but I can name more than 17 other starting QBs better than him, thus he is a below average QB the NFL.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      @Timmy (again) You 'draw the line' at the suggestion most of the organizations that feed hungry children are God-believing Christians? Sorry...just 'google' it and you'll see overwhelming evidence that God-believing Christian organizations are at the forefront of private relief efforts, and government aid comes mostly from western countries who are predominantly "God-believing Christians". This is not to say atheists and non-Christian faiths don't participate, but they are vastly outnumbered, and I would submit, out-motivated by people who view their fellow man as created by God (we're not simply accidents of 'nature') and that we are the instruments God uses to provide support to the most desperate. As for football, you missed my point, which was to say this isn't about Tebow being a good, bad or mediocre talent; it's about God reaching people with the message that a winning outcome of the game of life we're all playing in, can only be achieved by trusting in HIM (not Tebow). Tebow would be the first to tell you he may be only an average quarterback who has been very lucky, but it's his humility and deference to his Maker that God can use. I doubt God ordained the victory, rather he is using the discussion in its aftermath to advance his message. Now Timmy, why don't you quit whining about what God is not doing and bow in submission to HIM, and then be his feet and hands to feed and clothe the hungry and naked....who knows, if you are willing to stop complaining about God and start working with him, maybe he will use YOU for even greater things than will be achieved through Tim Tebow!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • george w bush

      god is the pimp
      jesus is da wh0re
      ur all f#gs
      god is for mentally retarded steroid using child abusing punks

      January 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Timmy – God has provided His earth with more than enough food to feed everyone of its inhabitants. However, there is something else God provided us, Free Will and because of that, there are world leaders who care more about their own food, houses, cars, whatever than they do about their subjects and whether they are eating or not. Its because of the greedy people in power, and their free will that there are starving children in the world. God has given all of us, all we could ever want or need, but He lets each of us chose how to use that. Don't blame God, blame your greedy fellow man, and when you can help, with your extra pocket change, then help. If you want to see a change in the world, then Be the change in the world.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      So, God "for-knew" that the game would be decided that way and that 316 yards passing would generate discussion, the result of which just might result in someone "being rescued from the 'dark side.'" Ok. So, in your view, there are people who are "rescued from the 'dark side'" which also means there are people who are NOT rescued, and, according to you evangelicals, burn for eternity in hell. But you also apparently believe that God can do anything (determine the outcome of football games and total passing yards of 316), and he knows everything (such as the discussion created by the coincidence of 316 passing yards - not to mention 31.6 average per completion). So, why, then, does God create people who are not rescued from the "dark side," knowing full well when he creates them that they will burn in hell for an eternity? That sounds like a cruel, unloving supreme being, contrary to the primary tenets of your faith. In other words, God can't be all-knowing, all-powerful and be a loving God if there is a hell into which his creations burn for eternity. Also, there are more than double the number of non-Christians in the world than Christians. Are you telling me that God, in all his goodness, created two people to burn in hell for eternity for every one person that has a shot at heaven (assuming your God admits run of the mill Christians like Catholics who are not born-again evangelicals. If that's the God you believe in, you must own up to the fact that your God is a mean, petty manipulater that thinks football is a better vessel of his message than eliminating weapons or hunger.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      @Mark: You must be reading a lot of the 'New Atheists", who are decidedly more convincing about their anger at God than their repudiation of his existence. Anyway, to address your remarks, you will concede that at least the two of us have advanced the discussion beyond whether Tebow is being controlled by God and/or he is a Bronco fan. The important thing is that the whole thing has a lot of people talking about God who otherwise only use his name in vain. People are looking at Tebow's character and genuine humility and grace that is such a contrast to the usual self-agrandizing bombast we hear from most sports 'heroes' (so-called). Your objection to God is based on a misunderstanding of who he is and who you are in his eyes. The God you have described is not as described in the bible; if you want to know what God is like, look to Jesus (the one Tim Tebow knows). Jesus offers everyone salvation from hell, free of strings attached. He paid the price for all of mankind's wrongs, past, present, and future. It's a gift....He is the Gift....all you have to do is reach out and take it. If your dad buys you a wonderful gift and hands it to you, and you fold your arms across your chest and refuse to open it because of some perceived grievances you have against his authority, is it your dad's fault you haven't received the gift he's extended to you? All the Old Testament stuff about God smiting people for this and that was to show people how utterly hopeless we all are, because absolute perfection is what God is, and Jesus was sent to rescue us because he (being God also) is perfect. As for two thirds of mankind 'burning in hell' while God is busy tweaking Tebow's passing statistics, that too completely misunderstands the nature of God. Hell, which was created for Satan and his angels (not for man) is the place we freely choose to end up when we freely choose to reject the gift he is extending to us. God uses his followers to "eliminate weapons and hunger", just as he uses obedient followers like Tebow who is open and communicative with his Lord. Tim Tebow, can be used by God to advance his kingdom no matter what he does, both on and off the football field, and so can you. God loves you Mark, and wants you to suspend your disbelief just enough to reach out and accept the gift he's offered. Try it, you'll like it. Read the gospel of John, with an open mind, asking God to show himself as you do so, and see if you feel the same afterward. But be honest in the effort; if you are, you will realize the truth of the promise, "Seek and you will find". Tim Tebow did that, and it hasn't hurt him! Don't try to figure out everything first...take a leap of faith and see where it leads. The alternative is to some day die in your sin and hope to hell you don't wake up there.

      January 11, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. cool beans

    steelers are out, that's all that matters.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      I agree! Green Bay and Ravens....

      January 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elizabeth

    Man, I am so tired of this Tebow mania. He is no better than any other quarterback in the NFL. This issue with "God" should not even be a part of the NFL. When I watch a game I don't want to hear about how religous Tebow is. I could care less. People need to stop the hype. How about talking about how the team works together well? Tebow is not the only player on the Broncos. There are other key players that keep them winning.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Recovering Republican

      Tebow loves God. And God loves Tebow!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • AgonyfIips

      "(Tebow) is no better than other QuarterBacks in the NFL"?

      Does that include the ones suspected and investigated for R A P E ?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCFx

      You mean how the team was working together when the veteran Kyle Orton was starting quarterback and started the season 1-4?

      January 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watchman and the Wardog

      It's not hype. Your right through. Tebow isn't as good as others. That why he counts on God. If you ask in Jesus' name to give God glory you'll never know how he will answer.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oh NOOO been done before and nobody cared

    Hahaha: "Broncos closed out 2008 season by losing their third consecutive game, ... fell to the San Diego Chargers, 52–21, ... loss kept the Broncos out of the playoffs for the third straight season. Cutler went 33-of-49 with 316 yards" Oh God (no appeal intended), this is funny.

    "Quarterback Jordan Webb completed 25 of 36 passes for 316 yards "

    "old record for all-time receptions was held by Taylor Stubblefield of Purdue, who had 316 from 2001-04"

    Senior Ryan Broyles.. set the NCAA record for all time receptions (317) Oh Noooo missed it by a verse, I mean, by a yard.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watchman and the Wardog

      Keep the the blinders on.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Recovering Republican

    Tebow is proof that God reaches us through more than blowhard preachers in tailored department store suits. Tebow is the best example of a good man, and great athlete, since Joe DiMaggio.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 4unborn

    I would not exactly call Tim Tebow's overtime pass to Demaryius Thomas a "Hail Mary" pass, but notice the second syllable of his name, ..mary...! Another Godincidence!!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NTWillis

    I find the young man to be refreshing when so many athletes are making the headlines for many negative reasons. Wether Tebow wins or looses; God is still God any way.

    Tim is not ashamed to own God before men and if God determines to display His glory through this young man, then so be it. God is moving through so many people in the earth, Tebow is just one of many.

    Much Love to you all!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DMM

    The Bible teaches one should pray in private; it also teaches you should not make a show of praying (humility, anyone?). Like-minded can gather together, but since praying should be done in private, that means only like-minded groups can pray together, and should do so out of public view.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alan

    @calvin – Maybe you should, brother.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joseph E. Mason

    I love this. I have followed and written about number "coincidences" for years. Dee wrote an article about her dreams of 216 and 316 years ago. I also wrote an article about football symbolism and another called symbolic event, about the 9-11 attacks.

    The Biblical verse, John 3:16 is the basis of the the doctrine of the atonement. I am not a conventional Christian, but I do think these things have meaning. But, I do not agree with conventional interpretations.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jebb

      how many times did your priest sk$llf00k ur sorry azz?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
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