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.
316 years there goes english grammar did the idiot even proofread his article, better yet how about the editor, no wonder this country ranks 35th in the world in math and sciences, a 35% dropout rate nationally, trillions of dollars have been spent in education and this is what we are producing.
And what about your grammar? Hypocrite.
I'll help you with yours. "316 years? Yep, there goes English grammar. Did the idiot even proofread his article? Better yet, did the editor? No wonder this country ranks 35th in the world in math and sciences, with a 35% dropout rate, nationally. Trillions of dollars have been spent in education (Oxford comma optional here) and this is what we are producing."
Teabow: God...I need another miracle next week against the Patriots.
God: Son....you ask for too much.
@Clint why dont you kneel down sometimes and pray to God to help you believe if you need help I will pray with you.
@Jeff you are going too far with your racist comments and I am going to report you to the moderator, keep it up one more time.
I don't mind Tebow but his self-righteous fans often annoy me.
Wonder if god makes him take the roids, HGH and creatine?
You do realize that Creatine isnt a roid right? It just helps your muscles absorb water. Way to sound like a complete retard on CNN, you should be proud.
You do realize that he was making a list of things that Tebow takes, right? Way to sound like a retard on CNN. As a side note, I really doubt that Tebow is on anything banned... least likely player in the NFL to be, in my opinion.
Tebow takes creatine which is legal and safe. He talks about it in his autobiography. His parents made him research and present information on creatine before they would okay him using it. He started working out on his farm at a very young age. Your statement makes no sense.
Tebow is a good man doing good things. But when I have to listen to Tebow worshippers explain how Jesus is going to win the game for the Broncos? That makes me sick to my stomach, and I would guess it does the same for him. Tebow worshippers need to go away. Broncos fans, if there are any, please stay.
Correction we worship Jesus and applaud Tebow for his faith.
"No. 15 Tim Tebow threw for 316 years for the Denver Broncos on Sunday."
Great CNN, just great.
He's "controversial" because idiots like you guys over-hype him. Seriously, he went 8-5, he tried to GIVE away the AFC West with three losses to end the season, and in this game, there was no comeback – his team LED virtually the entire game before they choked late.
Seriously, unless they manage to beat NE next week (which WOULD be a shock), find a new narrative.
So if he wins there in NE will you come back on this forum rub your nose in the dirt and say you are sorry or are you going to make other excuses like the team always led .. he never came back and those 316 yards were just basically the receivers who gently took the ball from his hands and ran for 316 yards ?
Oh btw the one rushing TD was because the Steelers let him walk in. right?
Perhaps they really are Gods chosen people after all.
I'm pretty sure Tebow isn't Jewish ðŸ˜€
I find it interesting how so many people point out all the Steeler's injuries without mentioning the Bronco's injuries. The Broncos were missing their center, back up running back, top receiver and safety. In addition, Miller has been hobbled by the cast he has to wear. Most of the guys making plays during the game weren't starters at the beginning of the year. Also, don't forget that the referees missed a fumbled lateral on the Steeler's first touchdown drive along with a couple facemask calls that should have went against Pittsburg.
I am not a tebow fan but, it is always nice to see the underdog win. As the saying goes, even a blind squirel finds a nut. Hate Tebow or love him, either way the team as a whole seems to find some way of winning and keeping themselves alive. Good job bronocs. Steelers, you guys owe me the money i lost.
my boyfriend always finds my nuts!
usually in his mouth before the night is over!
Hoping that Jesus will help Tebow and Bronco will Super Bowl this year? Too bad the Patriots will crush and grind every last bit of your hope into nothing but dust.
Patriots have a horrible defense. If they beat the Broncos they will lose later. They certainly will not win the Superbowl. The Pats defense is really, really, really, bad.
Ah, how quickly they forget the batch of games he lost at the end of the season. Miracle, schmiracle.
win* Super Bowl, got to correct myself before the spelling police arrives.