Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week
Fans congratulate Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as he heads to the locker room after Sunday's playoff win over Pittsburgh.
January 9th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Odds are Tebow will have us talking for another week

Some say Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow pulled off another miracle Sunday night, leading his team to a 29-23 overtime victory over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. They say "another miracle" because it was the fourth time this season Tebow led Denver to an overtime victory. And they say Tebow, a devout Christian, may need an even bigger miracle come Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where the New England Patriots will be an even bigger favorite to end the Broncos season than the Steelers were.

The Boston Herald on Monday morning is calling Saturday's game "a heaven-sent matchup," and the paper says that because it knows quarterback Tom Brady has made a career of taking the Pats to the promised land while Tebow has just gone through his first communion.

"The Patriots get a second helping of the Tom Brady-versus-Tebow quarterback matchup," writes the Herald's Karen Guregian.

"While this has tremendous star power, it’s just so lopsided in the Patriots' favor. That’s what we saw during the first meeting on Dec. 18, when Brady and the Pats whipped the Broncos, 41-23, in Denver. There’s no reason to believe Brady won’t outduel him once again."

Leave it to a "Saturday Night Live" skit to put Brady's advantage into perspective. "If I'm the son of God, Brady's the guy's nephew," a Jesus Christ character tells the Broncos during a visit to their locker room before that December 18 game.

But others say Tebow has already put himself on the Olympus of sports greatness.

"He isn't in the same class as an athlete, but as a spectacle Tebow is Tiger Woods leading the Masters on Sunday afternoon. He's Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. He's the Yankees in the World Series," writes Gregg Doyel on CBSSports.com. "What's the NFL comparison to Tebow? There isn't one."

And Doyel points out that Tebow's fame, like those others, now knows no borders on this Earth.

"Tebow was a trending Twitter topic on Sunday evening, and not just in the United States. He was trending all over the world - in Canada, in Colombia, in France," Doyel writes.

While others may put Tebow on that lofty post, he seems to be the last one to put himself there.

Part of the reason Denver was such an underdog against the Steelers was that the Broncos lost their last three regular season games, with Tebow posting numbers well short of the biblical 316 yards he put up against the Steelers.

FOXSports.com's Mark Kriegel, writing under the headline "Tebow's most amazing trait? Humility,"  says that Tebow was entitled to a little trash talk directed toward his doubters.

"If anyone was entitled to a self-righteous 'I told you so,' it was Tebow. Instead, he said: 'I’m just blessed to have an opportunity to be the quarterback for the Denver Broncos and play in a game in front of such great fans and with great teammates,' ” Kriegel wrote.

Watch Tebow speak about humility on CBN.com.

And Kriegel's not shy about speaking up for Tebow.

"Being neither as good nor as modest as America’s saintly quarterback, I don’t mind telling you a bit: I told you so," Kriegel wrote.

While Kriegel may have never lost the faith in Tebow, the late-season losing streak certainly turned hordes of others into doubters.

San Franciso Chronicle writer Vittorio Tafur says it's time to come back to the temple.

"It's time to believe again. In Tebow. (And) in the Big Fella in the Sky being a Broncos fan," Tafur writes.

Here's how God, or Tebow, or both, or a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive mistake (you choose), have us talking Tebow this Monday morning.

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 took up more time than the extra period.

The Broncos faithful in Denver were rewarded.

Is Tebow a miracle worker?

Of course, in Vegas the oddsmakers put their faith in numbers. And on the Strip, they like the Patriots this coming Saturday, by 14 points.

To which the Chronicle's Tafur responds with some numbers of his own.

"Apparently the Big Guy in the Sky likes all underdogs. For that, you could turn to Matthew 5:5: 'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.'"

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  1. banasy©

    Only slightly more interesting than the NH primary.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Coultler

      I despise the "kneeling and praying" nonsense on the field, it feels very phony. You wanna pray? Great! Praying in church is pious. Praying in public is grandstanding and/or showing off.....

      January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Coultler

      Hey ya'll where's timmy? oh, he's down in the endzone walking on water......

      January 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • X Man

      Hey Coultler, try being original next time. That 'walking on water' line was used on Tombstone when Doc Holiday was asked where Wyatt Earp was.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amfyoyo

      I was at the game. The Steelers are a great team and their fans in the stands respectful. All and all, the Steelers are a class act. But the Broncos are no slouches. And not to slight the Steelers in any way, but the Broncos went into the half ahead 20-6 and with their defense, the only miracle was how they got back into the game and tied it near the end.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I expect to see him come down on a cloud before too long.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Skegeeace

    People can whine all they want about Tebow, but he never brags about anybody but God. That's pretty cool.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh NOOO , another 316 verses, ehmm yards

      That's one bragging TOO much. Levimiticus 6:66 (66 passes attempted, 6 completed) says: "He who bows too much will have a cramp in his neck, so sayeth the lord".

      January 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A

    We americans are so conceited to think God cares about football. Tebow lacks age and wisdom to realized that kneeling after last night's win demonstrates lack of humility. It's obvious he is thanking God for the win. Really? God has way bigger fish to fry. Pray off the field Tebow. Pray about the suffering, starving, abused how need God's prayers.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      1. I'm American and I do not believe God influences football games.
      2. So you claim to speak for God now?
      3. And just how do you know that Tebow is not praying for the suffering while on one knee?

      January 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      I believe that God cares about everything in our lives, those you mentioned and also the silly little things. I think Tebow prays to God to help his team, to help him be the best he can be in his position etc. Tebow has never said he prays to God to make the other team loose and his to win

      January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • MySay500

      According to the Bible, give Him thanks for ALL things.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      no ,WE don't think god cares about football.i don't remember anyone claiming he does.the media simply uses tebow as a polorizing figure and we can all argue about it.sooner or later,they will tear him down.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      To the person who said "God does not care about football", maybe not in general, but if football is a part of your life, and God is a part of your life, then God cares about what you care about, and in this case, that's football for Mr Tebow. If you choose God as your heavenly father and savior, just like you have a natural earthly father who cares about your desires, wants, and needs, the same is true for God.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrb

      I did not know God put a stipulation on how to pray. God cares about you, God cares about me and all of His children. God would not have created us if He didn't. God wants nothing but a loving relationship with you. Tim Tebow has that, and after a win or loss, he talks to his loving God to let Him know he is thankful! I don't think any of us should make fun of that!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giving Thanks

      The Bible encourages Christians to thank God for all things (even when things don't go as expected), so why shouldn't Tebow give his appreciation to God? That's humility. That's also different from praying for someone else to fail. Plus, Tebow has already proven his caring and concern for those who are suffering as demonstrated by all his charity activities.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Den

      I can't believe that you're complaining that he prays and gives thanks to God for his opportunities and success when there are so may other players getting in trouble for the law, asking for more money and blatant narcissistic acts on and off the field. Com'n man!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnR

      I too don't think God cares all that much about the outcome of a football game, but like a good father He does show up to watch his boys play, including Tim Tebow, who just so happens to show his appreciation more than the others.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Cool thing about America, you can pray where you please! Actually, Tebow gives time and money to help the starving, sick and poor. Bet most of the critics here do nothing for them. People just hate to see good people being good. Makes them feel bad.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Did Timmy give thanks and perform his little "tebowing" act after he threw four interceptions in Buffalo? Does he give thanks after a loss? No, why not? If god has a plan, then winning AND losing are part of that plan, so Timmy should give thanks no matter the outcome or he's like every other religious zealot to walk the planet....he's the ultimate hypocrite!
      Grow up, people...there's no sky daddy watching your every move.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gjorgen

      Doesn't it show a lack of wisdom to think you know what God cares about?...how do you know that the Lord is not giving Tebow a platform to spread his message. God works in mysterious ways; Remember that.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amfyoyo

      Wrong Patrick, Tebow prayed in the center of the field after the losses to the Patriots, Bills, along with a handful of other players, teammates and opponents. And you have no idea what he is praying for when he prays.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NFLrigjob

    The NFL new poster boy and storyline appears to be Tebow (just like Tom Brady rose to prominence from nothing). The NFL syndicated/orchestrated/fabricated storyline writers will now rig games to make Tebow the next coming of Brady. NFL is nothing more than sports entertainment like WWE, i.e. fake.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Den

      You're going to have to explain how these games are rigged. You can't just say they are without any evidence to support a flagrant statement like that.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFLrigjob

      The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR (9781932595819): Brian Tuohy
      Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA [Paperback]
      The Jordan Rules [Mass Market Paperback]
      Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football [Hardcover]

      January 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • X Man

      Hey! Wrestling's not fake!

      January 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amfyoyo

      I was at the game, just like John in Den was...and from my viewpoint, even though I would like to believe the refs are fair, they sure did seem to favor the Steelers. I am a Broncos fan and I was sitting with Steelers fans and even they commented that the majority of questionable calls seemed to favor the Steelers. How does that rig it for the Tebow?

      January 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug in SF

    II don't think God cares who wins a football game. I'm sure there are believers on the other team too that think they have just as good a connection to Him as Tebow does.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Precisely. On any given play, 11 men will have their prayers answered and 11 will not. That's a 50% chance. If they prayed to Joe Pesci, the percentage would remain the same.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnR

      Maybe, but if they do then they're hiding their light under a basket. Tebow's pure salt.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. edge

    This is not modesty. Stop talking about god and live your life in a way that shows god. I know many atheists that do this better.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      Actually, I think you just talked more about God than Tebow does. I hear everyone talking except him. Carrying that jealousy around must be tiring.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnR

      Pointing people to God is (in Christian theology anyway) the main way of showing them God – "Blessed is he who exalts my name and is persecuted for it". So I wouldn't say that what he's doing is just "talk". Besides, the kid does the action part also. So what's the gripe?

      January 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Nah, the clouds will part, a beam of sunshine will highlight Tebow, an angelic choir will be heard, and then God's voice will be heard:

    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steeve-o

    Yeah, we'll be talking about Tebow until Saturday... when everyone realizes that God is a Patriots fan.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      true – so true

      January 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patrick Lewis

    Lots of mentions about miracles from the faithful, zero mentions of the reality that Pittsburgh was without it's best corner, Two defensive linesmen, running back and the not insignificant home-field advantage of playing where the atmosphere can kill you (see the aforementioned cornerback.) Lets also mention that Ben is the first player in the history of the league to be carted onto the field on a stretcher. Yeah, miracle. If you born again jerkwads had watched your boy loose you would dismiss it as "God doesn't care about football." Nice to have it both ways, I guess.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • glyder

      sounds like you are the jerkwad.most anyone realizes it's just a game and god doesn't care.the media just uses haters like you.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. livinlife420

    I am an atheist and I have no problem with Tebow showing his faith,beacuse he does walk the walk and is not a hypocrite.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarify

      It is definitely refreshing.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MySay500

      I am not an Atheist but a Christian who agrees with you 100%.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mrb

    Tebow is not a miracle worker. He simply has faith in God and what God has blessed him with. When you put faith in God and allow Him to walk with you through life and glorify Him whether you win or you lose, God will bless you. Tebow has faith in God and glorifies Him win or lose. Will he suffer disappointments and loss? yes but how he handles it shows who and what he has faith in. God blesses us, all we have to do is love Him. That is the difference between those who say "told you so" and those who say "thank you God" --in my opinion this article attempted to mock Christianity but I think it is because those that don't truly understand the love God has for them attempt to make a mockery of it. God bless you all!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis C. Pence

      Well said. You can mock Him, deny Him, ridicule Him and criticize Him – but He is still God – will still love you – and will still give you the opportunity to accept Him.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barry White

    No matter what anyone says about Tebow, He is a dedicated winner. He gives 100 percent. If he wants to pray after a scoring a touch down that is his right. He is not pushing his religious beliefs on anyone. He is not preaching from the pulpit. Give the guy a break, he has worked his butt off and has beat the odds on more than one occasion to get were he wants to be.

    Oh that's right, its only freedom of religion unless your a Christian. My bad.

    Look at yourself before you judge others.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BillMyCousin

    NFLrigjob – you're an idiot.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFLrigjob

      The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR (9781932595819): Brian Tuohy
      Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA [Paperback]
      The Jordan Rules [Mass Market Paperback]
      Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football [Hardcover]

      You're an idiot if you think a multi-billion dollar business would be left up to chance. You sound like the typical Ameritard though, wouldn't be surprised.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillMyCousin

      Definitely an indiot.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFLrigjob

      @ BillyMyCousin

      Yeah man, you've made it pretty clear you are.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Super Bowl XXIV

    San Francisco 49ers 55
    Denver Broncos 10

    Deja vu all over again ?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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