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.
It is amazing that you have so many Tim Tebow haters out here. The Steelers lost because their starters was not playing is not only a insult to the Broncos but also to the Steelers. They are all PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS so just because guys are injured does not mean that they stop the game. That is why the have back ups. Just ask Baltimore, New England, Saint Louis, and Arizona. Bret Favre replaced the Don Majkowki in Greenbay, Joe Montana was traded Steve Young became the Starting Quarterback and look what happen. Pittsburgh just got beat by a better team this week. That does not mean that Pittsburgh is bad team, was not their not.
The only person who mentioned a miracle was the CNN writer.
I notice they never talk about the "miracle" of Tebow losing badly to the Pats a couple weeks back.
Tim Tebow and the Broncos will defeat the Patsies next weekend. Tebow will pray to the Lord God and remind him that Bill Belicheck is a cheater.
Canadian Football League (CFL) has the clearest and fairest overtime rules in football.
Check them out.
In the CFL, if the game is tied at the end of regulation play, then each team is given an equal number of chances to break the tie. A coin toss is held to determine which team will take possession first; the first team scrimmages the ball at the opponent's 35-yard line and advances through a series of downs until it scores or loses possession. If the team scores a touchdown, it is required to attempt a 2-point conversion. The other team then scrimmages the ball at the same 35-yard line and has the same opportunity to score. After the teams have completed their possessions, if one team is ahead, then it is declared the winner; otherwise, the two teams each get another chance to score, scrimmaging from the other 35-yard line. After this second round, if there is still no winner, during the regular season the game ends as a tie. In a playoff or championship game, the teams continue to attempt to score from alternating 35-yard lines, until one team is leading after both have had an equal number of possessions.
Key rule is that both teams at all times have an equal number of possessions. No team has an advantage in overtime which happens in the NFL.
CFL. That ranks on the excitement level somewhere around the WNBA and professional curling.
who asked? keeps your idiotic rants to yourself, you're wasting the internet.
Tebow didn't beat the Steelers by his play. Bad plays of IKE TAYLOR and coaching staff lost the game. Who passes for over 316 yards with 10 completions? The steelers defense was horrible and they lost. Tebow is trash..
lol - poor steeler fan doesn't know how to lose.
I would give him credit if he was crisp on his passes.. Our defensive back sucked. Has nothing to do with being a poor sport. It just kills when tebow gets all this hype for no reason
Dude, I am not a Broncos fan but just accept it. Steelers lost and they are going home. Broncos won and they are heading to New England. This one everybody predicted wrong. (I mean all these sports analysts and writers)
Give Tebow some credit rather than just hating him. He did that again. Go Tebow and Broncos !!
Good luck in New England !!!
Tebow absolutely positively is responsible ... his threat of running drew in the safeties, including fat slow and vastly overrates #43
what a sore loser you are, coward.
I'll admit he saw a weakness and exploited it, but i know our defense is better than that. Tebow deserves no credit. There dline gets credit because they only rushed 3 and still got to ben.
"Trash" and company just trounced the Pittsburg Steelers!
@Mr Big man.. who's the coward internet tough guy.. I'll destroy with my bare hands you waste of air..
I wish we has some sort of curtain between nonbelievers and believers - I mean really. If you are a non believer it is quite obvious you don't understand, or care to, the power of faith and prayer. Why Atheists find people who receive strength through prayer and faith sooooo offensive and seem to a make point of making some sort of stupid remark or fallacy question is beyond comprehension. You know you have just as much of a right not to read an article about faith and not to comment. So close your eyes or go get a beer when Tebow does good and thanks God. Nobody will even notice I promise. I just think it's about their inferiority complexes more than anything.
Mostly because I see people like this as being mentally impaired and the NFL promoting something it shouldn't be. Call it whatever you like faith, belief whatever it has taken this world and turned it upside down once again.
Since prayer has such an obvious effect, maybe you can set up the first peer-reviewed double blind study to test the power of prayer.
Surely you're in possession of secrets none of us know about! Care to share? Because they already tried such a study and found that prayer did nothing, except for make people who knew they were being prayed for more likely to die.
You need a "curtain" because you assert propositions you cannot defend. Your definition of faith is circular logic. That would bother a rational human being.
I'm a non-believer and what's amazing to me is that believers like you ignore the total lack of evidence to back up your beliefs. Seriously, you believe Jesus is alive today and lives among us and the reason we can't see him is because he's invisible. He's the invisible, magical ghost that can read our minds. And you believe an evil invisible boogie man lurks among us trying to make us sin so we will spend eternity in a fiery torture chamber that God created. Yet, you think we're the crazy ones.
Jeff go check out the research on prayer... there is an obvious effect. Unfortunately you can't control for faith or human differences.
Looks like the crazies out out in force. Here is a question for you. Men from each team ask God to help them win a game, who wins. Jake azz.
I could care less about Tebow and his faith. What he draws on to find the inner strength to do what he needs to do is none of my business. What bothers me is the media making such a big issue out of it. Using words like miracle to imply Tebow's faith might inspire divine intervention to help his team win. The fact the media has made Tebow's faith such a big story is what turns me off about him and the Broncos.
Funny – the most judgmental people are usually the right-wing Christian conservatives/evangelicals – always complaining about the "war on Christmas" – Christmas has never been bigger or celebrated by more people. And you should not assume the people who think praying to God about football are atheists. Many faithful just feel it is idiotic to think the God or Jesus give a crap about sports or Tim Tebow. That is why it is comical and worthy of commentary and even ridicule. Have a blessed day!
Rick, replace "crazy" with lost.
@ Doris: lmao post of the night!
CNN.com users are so immature. The sad thing is that these are most likely not kids making comments, but instead grown adults. How pathetic and sad.
True. It's scarey!
go tebow-n ur mom!
God bless Tim Tebow. It is astounding the courage this man has, as does Kurt Warner and in baseball I think of Brad Lidge in particular. The pressures no doubt from so many directions against. Look at the horrendous ridicule in the media. Even when they don't explicitly ridicule him it is so blatantly implied, like look at him, doing his thing (lol). How difficult the world has made it. Yet how brave. And how wonderful for a role model for kids to be brave enough to share their faith in the Lord, our loving God who all should be acknowledging. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ and God bless these brave athletes who set such a good example for kids.
Anybody who thinks a violent sport of coddled jocks presents a good role model for children should have their head examined.
Chrism, my god, the all loving Wotan, told me that it's all a matter of scores. The more you score the more likely you win the game.
Ask Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers. Not surprising it works in other sports too: Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Beckham, pingpong players like Forrest Gump. Wotan also told me that he has little to do with the outcome, his home team the Vikings wasn't doing so well.
And the western gods didn't even attend the 2011 cricket worldcup which was won by 6 wickets, by India.
Now beat the Patriots.
The Broncos will defeat the Patsies .. this week Tim Tebow will pray to the Lord God and remind him that Bill Belicheck is a cheater.
And hopefully you'll remember to take your meds, Dave.
Non-believer, you have eyes but cannot see.
Oh please stop with the religious crap with football will ya, I feel like I live in Iran. Tebow is an idiot plain and simply. I can't wait till the Broncos go home and stay there...
your an idiot
Oh, how I hope they lose next time! The idea that "God" would care about a football game or that robot-faced, closeted gay Tebow is beyond ridiculous.
whats wrong with being gay, hater
Lol, Tebow isn't robot faced. Gay, hmmm? I don't care. I hope he doesn't get hurt by his reckless running game.
As for the Broncos, I generally liked them (long before Tebow's bowing antics), but I don't see them prevail much further into the playoffs.
The Broncos have nothing to lose, even if they lose next week. To get this far is a miracle in itself. I may be wrong, but no rookie QB has ever been to the Super Bowl as a starter. I'm a die-hard NYG fan...go Tebow!!
Tebow isn't a rookie...
If that's what floats his boat, more power to him. But please don't even try to tell me that some mythical god would ever have anything to do with a football game. He'd be more right on if he'd just take credit for it as one of his very human assets. This kind of thing is possible because he's a good athlete, not because of of some kind of heavenly assistance.
The Lord works in mysterious ways! It doesn't mean He's going to help Tebow win every game, but He has shaped Tebow into the man he is - on the field and off.