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

    i bet tebow is a typical jesus lover!
    i bet he abuses little boys and choir boys all the time!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • mr. big man

      your a psycho

      January 9, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • bipartisan77

      @ mr.bigman-

      What has he said that in any way reveals mental illness? It is a fact that the Catholic Church has a vast history of molesting children and engaging in fraudulent activities with the sheeples' money. Might I note you are a brainwashed fool whose grammar is severely deficient and who labels others "psycho" simply because they are intelligent enough to see beyond the societal delusion called religion? You're the psycho for believing in an invisible man in the sky who resides in a magical invisible paradise with his son who rose form the dead and virgin mother who gave birth who are watching over our deceased loved ones for an eternity of bliss. Who's the real psycho? Wake up, this is getting pathetic.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • HimmelKreuzdonnerWetterIhrDummkoepfe

      No fan of Tebowing, but George, come on, that's a silly thing to say. I don't care for Tim's antics but he seems a nice guy in general. No need to be mean.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jk

    If God is on his side, why don't we give him a real job, like serving on the front lines in Afghanistan?

    January 9, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • bipartisan77

      Right, because that's a "real' job. *snickers*

      January 9, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. That's What's Up

    screw all this religious mumbo jumbo......I have a RAGING TEBOWNER !!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • allah

      praise allah!
      he talked to me today after the tebow miracle!
      allah says......go and tebow as many choir boys as possible!
      and then get them little boys to go down on ur tebow-n!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Fleabag

    Look, i HATE the Steelers.....did i say HATE? LOTHE them!! But they lost the game, Denver did not win, they came out on top, and God's only son has absolutely nothing to do with passing yards... 3:16......frickin morons to tie those 2 sets of numbers together....guess the world should have ended a decade ago and again this year and when ever any spaz wants to be heard from....

    January 9, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • That's What's Up

      that's just funny as hell that you typed "spaz"

      January 9, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Desert Red

    316 yards because of the Bible verse? So what do all the other combinations of numbers (total yards, score, passes completed, etc) signify? Give me a break. You gotta be pretty desperate to make religious connections to run with this one.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • HenryO

      Yup, just like you have to pretty desperate to believe in the theory of evolution even though it's been proven impossible by the discovery of DNA and changes every other week.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Really CNN? Really?

      You also have to be pretty desperate to run a front page news article on it when the whole basis of the story is one fan's post on an internet message board.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Hey Henry, you have to be pretty desperate to believe a god that came before and after a whole plethora of other Gods, religion has changed far more than science ever has. The Christian "god" is probably God #4,232 if you tallied it up. Also your statement about DNA is a complete uneducated lie, whereas my statement has a valid point, so don't bother retorting.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JMM

      HenryO you are an absolute idiot. You know nothing about DNA or research into evolutionary theory. No doubt some quack revisionist history or science book you are reading that skews research. DNA research has only further PROVEN. Read that? PROVEN that evolution is and was real much less actually happened. I am guessing you believe in the alternative that we were "poofed" into existence by some invisible being. Nice.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • The Watcher

      Just imagine if he would have thrown for 4:20 yards,... HAH! cough cough .......

      January 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ken

      I find it rather hilarious that Christianity is getting lambasted by atheists and agnostics, the accusation of using the NFL forum for promotion, etc. Aren't a/a doing the same thing with these postings? Hypocritical comes to mind.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Polkovnik

    I firmly believe in God. But I do not believe that God interests Himself at all in the NFL, let alone in who wins NFL games. Even if they're Tim Tebow & Co.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. That's What's Up

    gotta love the bible...... A quote for every occasion....... and every level of intelligence, or lack thereof

    January 9, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • HenryO

      The only part of your post that is correct is the "gotta love the Bible" part. The rest is stupid.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • HimmelKreuzdonnerWetterIhrDummkoepfe

      C'mon Henry, a little sense of humor maybe? Have a little of that fine wine that Jesus conjured up for the wedding/ last supper/ super bowl party....

      January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tennisguy

    Lets agree on what it was... not the best defensive or offensive game on both sides of the ball. Big Ben was not at his best, Broncos D was good no was very good for most of the game. Steelers receivers had more spped and better routes so they were open more than Broncos receivers. Give Tebow credit for throwing some good passes, most caught some not. General opinion was that Broncos were not considered to be in the same class as steelers, for that they made a statement. Next week will be more interesting given that they lost big time to the Pats and Josh is back with NE.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Really CNN? Really?

    Why is CNN running a front page news story based on one fan's posting on an internet message board? That's pretty sad.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    Some one mabe should read the bible the first church was the catholic church and then other church's branched off to make up there own rules mainly to get marryed the second church was the luthern church if you dont belive me ask your church or read any bible

    January 9, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. PhilG.

    Uh,good for Tebow.

    He better keep praying because there's more butt whuppin' coming at him dead ahead.

    Jon Elway better give him another pep talk.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    And if it was 420 yards, would we be thanking Marijuana? Numerology as well as religion are bogus. Even if you are religious, you should view Tebow's pathetic displays of lowering God to the giving of football graces as heretical.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      It's a joke dear

      January 9, 2012 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I know, Christianity is a joke. Thanks for your support.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. NoToIgnorance

    Gotta love selection bias. Tebow throws for 316 yards, and people automatically think John 3:16. Funny that nobody is mentioning Genesis 3:16.

    Genesis 3:16: "Unto the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."

    January 9, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • NoMiracle

      Best post all night... LOL

      January 9, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • HimmelKreuzdonnerWetterIhrDummkoepfe

      I second that comment. Good one!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter E

    The only things you should ask God for is patience, wisdom, and love for all. Asking for divine intervention in a game that is inherently brutal is downright disgusting.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Franny

    This is beyond ridiculous. I also agree that God has many more issues than making miracles for the NFL. Chrisitanity is getting very scary, or this kind of Christianity. This is behaving more like a cult! the media should be ashamed for making this such front page news!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
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