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. Joe the Plumber

    I don't get it – Tim Tebow is black? Either way you are an ass!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Atheist

    By my moniker, I bet you can quess what I've got to say about Tim Tebow. That 's right CNN, miracles revolve around football games.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. clearfog

    T-Bow. Giving a whole new meaning to T- Party.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    Sorry matt but if you google did charles darwin believe god you might learn some thing darwin believed god was the ultimate lawgiver

    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • gok

      in the bedroom

      January 9, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Name*Darrin Mccoy

    I hope Denver wins the superbowl. Brian Dawkins should win a ring before he retires.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaven

      The Broncos wil not beat the Patriots. Once and for all proof will be provided that America > Jesus.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • bam

      belicheat = devil

      January 9, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    Tim Tebow is professional football. BOOM

    January 9, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. PD

    This whole Tebow thing is really starting to creep me out. 316 yards equals 3:16 verse? Will people start seeing Jesus' face in the folds of a dirty locker room towel, too? If there were a God, He probably wouldn't really dig this nonsense where His name is being used to sell football tickets.

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

      you are God.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • BK

      Yeah for some reason God cares more about football than helping the starving millions, bringing peace to the world, helping devout cancer patients, preventing birth defects, etc.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • eville11

      what would be creepier still,. if he was Islam and praised Allah every time... but thats next years story....

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

      Agree. Why not Mat. 3:16, Mark 3:16, Luke 3:16, Acts 3:16, Psalms 3:16, Romans 3:16, etc... and so forth? (rolling eyes)

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gaven

    I love how bible thumpers find any conicidence they can to justify their beliefs. "If it coincides with anything in the bible, it is a sign from god and must be true!" Yeah, right. Would the xtians be parading the 316 yard achievement if Tebow threw for 315 or 317 yards? Probably not since John 3:15 or 3:17 are absolutely meaningless, obviously.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I agree with you in your distaste for bible-thumpers, but I must point out that you're a little uninformed. The reason why 3:16 is marginally significant with regard to this game and Tim Tebow is because he once had 3:16 written on his black eye during one of his championship games back in college. One of his claims to fame - apparently there was a big reaction to it on social media back then. Whatever - the point is, just be careful with your bible-thumper bashing. If we're gonna highlight their idiocy, let's not be idiots ourselves 😉

      January 9, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Gaven

      That was a snarky commentary on how people only hold up John 3:16 signs at sporting events when there are so many other much more important or enlightening verses they could quote. They make it appear that John 3:16 is the only verse they know, simplyout of fashion, when "god" begiving "his" only son has nothing to do with all. Had Tebow thrown for more than or less than 316 yards, there would be no parading. It is impossible not to laugh at those who insist divinity was at hand in the win or loss of some team based on stats that any given athlete puts up. Well, it's impossible for me. :p

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      1. CNN and the rest of the media is driving this nonsense. "Miracle in Denver" C'mon. Neither Tebow nor most reasonable Christians are saying that.
      2. CNN- stop making stuff up- "Some Tebow fans" (WHO!!!!???) attribute 316 yards to John 3:16!? If anyone believes that they are certainly in the minority, including among Christians.
      3. For decades athletes have bowed, etc. Tebow is not the first so why pick on him? I suspect many are bent on seeing him fail and and/or are angry/axe-to-grind people looking for a fight.
      4. With all the negativity in the world why don't you people find something that matters to get mad about- last time I checked using your emotion and energy against someone who is (not perfect), but a person of character, and makes a positive impact might be better used actually fighting real evils.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. gok

    everybody was tired of seeing pittsburg in the platoffs/superbowl anyway

    January 9, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. gok

    Is Tebow good at tying bows? think about it....

    January 9, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Stunnaz

    One of the best articles I've read in a long time. Well done CNN. It's especially amazing that he threw exactly 316 yards, which clearly signifies John 3:16. Tebow is truly amazing.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tebow 3:16

      So true, few people see the great work God is doing thru the denver broncos and especiallhy Tebow. I know we will see more miracle numbers and verses on their way to winning the superbowl. tebow for president

      January 9, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Oleg

    Cmon, CNN. Sersiouly, this biblical idiocy?

    Even if some god existed, why would he care more about helping one player on one team, rather than all the starving children, women, and men?

    Use your brains, people.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tebow 3:16

      Tebow is the way god is working. the 316 is proof. wake up and smell the bronco

      January 9, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      They don't want to. They think this is all part of "His" glorious plan. Simpleminded American Christians are f'd up. Seriously. Just a few more hours with the bible away from literally blowing themselves and other people up. I mean, look, we get Christian terrorist attacks every once in a while: Oklahoma City Bombing, a few murdered abortion doctors, that dude in Iceland or some ish who killed several dozen teenagers at a camp. It's absurd.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. truely spoken

    cannot wait until this saint gets a career ending injury... then this cancer will end. As if the media couldn't get any worse, they let the nonsensical EVANGELIST run rampant on national TV. As soon as i win the lottery, i'm paying off the patriots DE's to snap off his TERRIBLE throwing arm.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tebow 3:16

      that will never happen. please not tebow has the same number of letters as Jesus. AND denver IS the closest city to heaven.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • eville11

      hater... man thats just some hate isn't it, you can't let anybody have hope and salvation, but nooo, bring em down to your level, hate and curses and ill wishing.. you must sooo fun at a party.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • kj brat

      Go TEBOW!!!!!!! Go BRONCOS!!!!!!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. beasterdamas

    What a great game!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Erik

    316 yards passing = John 3:16? Really? What ridiculous sacrilege. Honestly, that's extremely offensive. But keeping with this football as religion theme, I suppose next week we'll find out what some have long suspected - Tom Brady is God.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Yes you're right in a way, Tom Brady is a gaylord.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
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