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. george w bush

    total yards reoresents the bible!!??
    u bible thumpers r really mentally retarded!
    now go bugger a few choir boys like u always do

    January 9, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      Your lack of ability at spelling is only surpassed by your lack of ability at reading.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. George

    Tebow has progressed, but his cult following must have such low expectations of him that when he completes a simple slant route a high school kid should complete they act like he just produced cold fusion. Thomas made the final play. Tebow just did not screw up the throw.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • callnews

      It's true, Tebow said it himself, "They (the team) make me look better than what I really am. But what worked for Eric Liddel in the 1924 Olympics works for anyone, "Them that honour me I will honour." I Samuel 2:30 .

      January 9, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. GNP


    January 9, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      That's what Nietzsche said, now look who's dead/

      January 9, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Marchibroda

      @ Doris: lmao best post of the night!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    Tebow is a good guy but anyone who thinks that the almighty takes an interest in football games has serious mental problems and should seek immediate help.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • callnews

      Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4

      January 9, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. itsagoner

    must have been some throw cnn... under your picture: "No. 15 Tim Tebow threw for 316 YEARS for the Denver Broncos on Sunday."

    years, really!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Erik

    So if JC was *really* on the Broncos' side, would he have allowed that whistle to be blown on the lateral fumble from Big Ben to Mike Wallace?

    January 9, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. FedUpwithLA

    If he threw for 314 yards, would that signify pi?

    January 9, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Of course not since Pi is science related and jesus does not dig science silly.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. msacks

    316 yards passing means John 3:16??

    How about final score of 29-23 means Proverbs 29:23?

    "A man’s pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor."

    January 9, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Puuuuhlease

    During the regular season, with Tebow at the helm, the Broncos couldn't beat a single team better than 8-8. In fact the combined winning percentage of the teams the Broncos managed to beat with Tebow at QB equaled .428. That's LESS than 8-8. That's even less than 7-9.

    And the Steelers today? The Denver win couldn't have possibly been to the Broncos playing a depleted Steelers team, right? Nahh .. it was all Tebow.

    Let's list the Steelers starters that were out for the entire game, knocked out during the game, or playing injured shall we? And no, it wasn't just Ben ... who was playing at maybe 60 – 65% either.

    Starting RB Rashard Mendenhall was out (though Isaac Redman did a great job filling in for him).

    Starting center Maurkice Pouncey was out.

    Starting safety Ryan Clark was out.

    Leading sacker LaMarr Woodley was playing on a problem hamstring that had him in and out of the past few games.

    DT Casey Hampton was injured and out since the first quarter.

    Left tackle Max Starks did not play in the second half after injuring his right knee.

    Defensive end Brett Keisel went down with a groin injury early in the second quarter; he also did not return.

    Yep .. other than all that, it was Tebow magic all right.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      God sends you his second, mildly retarded son and this is what you say about him?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Puuuuhlease

      George .. that killed me. Thanks for the laugh!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Daylon

      and what about the injured Bronco's players? Eric Decker is their best wide receiver and he was knocked out of the game right off the bat! stop whining steelers got outplayed today...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Habeeb

      Sounds like you and George would get along just well together as reach around buddies.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Hartman

      All NFL teams at this point have injuries. Few of them offer them as an excuse. Face it, they got beat, and as NFL channel pointed out, the starters were out of position ...badly...on the winning play.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • rs

      oh chil-lax!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      Boo Hoo. Poor Steelers have a few injuries. Tebow prayed to the Lord God who granted him a victory. The Broncos will defeat the Patsies next week when Tebow reminds God that Belicheck is a cheater.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Franko

      Hey Puuukesleeze
      You just described your team as a bunch of panty waste wimps who can't endure playing the toughh game of football...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. SF

    God does not care who wins or loses football games! It is pretentious folly for a man to think God is focused on his making of millions by throwing a ball. Football is a trivial concern of man's, not God's. If Tebow wants to truly serve God, he should get rid of all his possessions and live like Mother Teresa.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • AngryWookie

      Of course God cares about football... Why else would sunsets be orange and blue?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Reggie Hammond

      If we all gave away our possessions to serve like Mother Teresa we would all be in the same lowly place, but God uses people where He puts them not where or what we think is the "right" place we should be. Mr. NFL quarterback Tim has said that God doesn't care about a game but he "openly" gives credit for what talent he has so why should you care? Maybe I should care what you say and tell you to shut yer hole. I choose not to.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. enough

    When I see this guy walk over water, cure cancer, aids, etc., that will be the day he can make miracles.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sam29

    Awesome game! Congratulations to the DENVER BRONCOS! Note to the media: Sure the quarterback's performance is crucial but win or lose, this is a TEAM effort. Second, Tebow is not the first nor last athlete to be open about his religious beliefs so it is time for the media circus to move on and pick on someone else!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • AngryWookie

      Agree completely. It's perfectly OK to attack him for his Christian faith... but if he were Islamic or gay there would be a witch hunt against those who spoke against him.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    I just read through all three pages of comments (sad, I know), and I didn't find a single fan claiming this was a "miracle from God." And as a Christian who attends church at least once a week, I have to say that I've never heard anyone there claim that God was orchestrating Denver's wins, either. All this hoopla you hear about these zealous Tebow fans pretending he's the messiah is nothing more than the media trying to conjure up controversy to hook readers. And they're doing a darn good job of it, too.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      You should come down to north east Florida. The stupid is everywhere among his cult followers.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doris


    January 9, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. howdydobuddy

    Miracle is sufficient inscription.... Thank you god! Tebow Eh.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
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