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.
i bet tebow is a typical jesus lover!
i bet he abuses little boys and choir boys all the time!
your a psycho
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.
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.
If God is on his side, why don't we give him a real job, like serving on the front lines in Afghanistan?
Right, because that's a "real' job. *snickers*
screw all this religious mumbo jumbo......I have a RAGING TEBOWNER !!!!
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!
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....
that's just funny as hell that you typed "spaz"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just imagine if he would have thrown for 4:20 yards,... HAH! cough cough .......
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.
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.
gotta love the bible...... A quote for every occasion....... and every level of intelligence, or lack thereof
The only part of your post that is correct is the "gotta love the Bible" part. The rest is stupid.
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....
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.
Why is CNN running a front page news story based on one fan's posting on an internet message board? That's pretty sad.
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
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.
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.
It's a joke dear
I know, Christianity is a joke. Thanks for your support.
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."
Best post all night... LOL
I second that comment. Good one!
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.
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.
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!