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. thes33k3r

    god helped Tebag win again! Also in the news, god ignored the prayers of thousands of parents of starving children around the globe. god told CNN in an exclusive interview: "No time to waste answering the prayers of the diseased and suffering while the big game is on!"

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

      God loves football. Let the starving children find their own food.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Talha

    The experts were contacting for Tim Tebow’s head after he finished the period with three hopeless activities. His own group was not completely helpful of the young qb, despite seven advantages in an eight-game expand previously in the year (see: Elway, John).

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    January 9, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    How dare this muslim publicly display his faith! Divine beings have no place in a modern, intelligent democracy... Oh, wait, it was a Christian? Go right ahead!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. pg

    Maybe the 316 yards represents Leviticus 3:16: The priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the LORD's. Ridiculous? You betcha. Just like all this crazy stuff about a mediocre, lucky quarterback. Enjoy your time, Tim the clock is at 14:59...

    January 9, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. E.

    It was NOT a miracle! last time I checked, Denver had the upper hand and had the lead the entire game. Tebow simply had a great game as well as the rest of team. He played with a lot heart and determination. It wasn't a miracle. Big Ben simply got tebow-ed by a team that wanted it more. Why won't you give the kid some credit?

    January 9, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jenny

      couldn't agree more!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. nepawoods

    Like God really gives a damn about football.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • gok

      Big Ben needs to lay off the roflsburgers...wink wink

      January 9, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. nepawoods

    The Broncos must really suck; it's a miracle every time they win a game.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. VRage13

    Like him or not,Tebow knows how to win.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Charles

    GO TEBOW!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Remember kids: when something good happens to you, it's because God answered your prayers. When something bad happens... it's just God working in mysterious ways and it's arrogant to question him...

    January 9, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ken

      Your comment may infere intellect but also shows that you lack Faith. Faith (definition) Knowledge, belief that the knowledge is believable, trust, placing your trust in what you believe.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • HimmelKreuzdonnerWetterIhrDummkoepfe

      Ken, seldom heard so much mumbo jumbo: either Faith is just that faith, no matter how big. Or it's knowledge, then we can all share in it, understand the facts, reason and logic.
      Sorry, but "knowing" that you have faith doesn't make it knowledge. I for example know and totally believe that I am extremely good looking, blonde eyed and blue haired. But somehow I can't convince my wife of it. Alas, I will keep believing it...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ken

      HKWD – "Mumbo-Jumbo", as in you don't understand and don't want to? Judging by your response, I suspect that the word FAITH isn't even in your vocabulary.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    I wonder if Tebow will blame God when he's busted for using steroids.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. megasb360

    Good Job Tim. We Denverites are proud of you. Go Broncos!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It is all because, as we all know, the Steelers don't believe in God and hence none of them pray or give thanks to Him ever...

    January 9, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nicole

    Kajal D
    It was reporters who brought his praying to attention not Tebow he has always been like that and only now are people bringing it to peoples attention! As for him being short sighted and selfish he is not stopping ANYONE ELSE from practicing their religion, and it fact every interview I have seen him do he praises the other players for their hard work during the games. Its short sighted to sit and talk trash about someone for being who they are, and if it were a player coming out of the closet im sure you would be sitting here praising them for being so brave. He is who he is and should not have to hide it because you don't agree with it. At lease he is not using his celebrity to sell us shoes or something. God Bless Tim Tebow for standing up for what he believes in win or lose he is a first class act!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter E

      He sells energy drink I believe

      January 9, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cas

    Just some unpleasant Facts on American Football and racism:

    1) The sport is very physically demanding, a position where your performance is open to subjective judgement is the quarterback, as your results depends on the receivers and defenders.

    2) The majority of the quarterbacks are whites.

    3) The majority of the audience are whites.

    4) Stringent rules have been put in place to protect the quarterback.

    5) The game is centered around the quarterback as the white male protagonists. Right wing TV stations/programs even exaggerate this and even fully ignore black stars in the team.

    What this demonstrates (same as religion), is the power of human people to self-deceive, so as to make themselves more relevant. It just takes a handful of sports writers to create this hype...

    January 9, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • gok

      why, arnt you proud of your race?

      January 9, 2012 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      And everyone else in the league is mostly black, so whats your point? Cause a white guy gets mostly 1 position on a football team its racist? Maybe you should question the other side of the equation.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • truely spoken

      this is true...FOX is the worse.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ken

      So...... does this theory aply to professional basketball? Who's the dominant race there????

      January 9, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
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