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. closetiguana

    God cares about the outcome of football games. I read it in the bible.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Obviously you don't read your Bible.

      1Sam 2:30"But now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour "

      January 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheHalfBakedLunatic

      Yes, I read about it too ... it was on the back of a package of noodles. Ramen!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      So Richard... I guess Tebow must be honoring God more than anybody who has cancer or is starving then. Guess God forgot to give those people his blessing. Hallelujah! The good Lord provides football victories! All glory to Tebow and God!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      If you are so smart, why couldnt you figure out that it is more likely God cares about drawing attention to living according to scripture than who wins a football game. What better way to get America's attention than to have someone like Tebow injected into the most popular thing in America.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Joe T

      Is that what the verse said? NO!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Joe T

      After Tebow's last 2 victories, he said the most rewarding was spending time with 2 terminally ill children and not about the victories.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      "Those who honor God, will be honored."

      That text had a different application back when it was written. It is well known that the Jews believed that when they behaved according to their divine law, that good things would happen to them. Also, if a lowly person were to honor God in word and/or action (for instance, David), they would become an exalted one and receive many rewards for their deeds.

      How exactly would God be honoring Tebow if not by winning football games?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Joe T

      Winning games IS God's way of honoring Tebow. Why do you want to discredit it? God honored David and Solomon with great riches and I'm sure Tebow has riches also from playing football and endorsements.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Tebow used his own money to build a hospital for the poor in Philippines. He is also well known for his humility.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      Good for Tebow for helping people but if you really think God is helping Tebow win games, then that is sad. I guess he has more value in God's eyes than people who are suffering. What will you say when Tebow loses next week? If Tebow ever loses ever again, then that means the arm of God has grown short.

      I got a better idea than using one man to help build an orphanage. Why doesn't God just... you know, fix all of the problems, since he has the ability. Seems like a reasonable thing to do. God could declare himself worldwide and say "Now is the promised hour, all of your suffering shall be removed from you." Then boom, instantly, he could heal all people and put an end to suffering. I think if God wanted to bring honor to himself, that would be a better way of accomplishing that. Since he is helping Tebow win games, it wouldn't be any different for him to intervene in that matter.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard C

      Joe T

      I can't answer for God as far as how He wants to be honored except through His written word. Why would it be sad for God to honor Tebow by giving him football victories? You would rather see God honor David through military victories instead?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amfyoyo

    The Broncos victory was not a miracle. Albeit, the Steelers are a great team but Denver beat them all day long on both sides of the line. The only miracle was that the Steelers got back into it after being down 20-6 at halftime This is not a slight of the Steelers because they are the better team; but better teams don't always win.The difference between a good team like the Broncos and a better team like the Steelers is relative.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. croman

    Because of Tebow, the name of God has been mentioned more in our society today. Makes even the non-believers say his name. Bet I get a response with this one.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      I've said the name Zeus too. Doesn't make him any more real.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheHalfBakedLunatic

      I am a believer ... in the laws of physics. All the non-believers, like this idiot, will discover the truth one day!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @ croman
      Typical uneducated theist… god isn’t his name. And if it was, the name spoken in distain does not further your primitive cause. But hurt it. Bet I get a response to this one

      January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    Not if you stop putting him in the media!. Come on CNN there are much better stories to be told, you don't need reality star ratings.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywho

    This guy can make a spectacle with his position of worship on a field but a high school player caught doing the same thing is likely to be severely chastised. What a crock.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdw

      You are right, this whole Tebow thing is a crock of bull. He just happens to be the luckiest WORST QB of all time.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      You do realize that most high schools are funded by the government and it’s unconst.itutional for them to support ANY religion right? Of course you did.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. regnarg

    yea, I saw that to.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. One_More_Week45

    Religion only separates people. It's fine to practice privately and with your congregation, but leave it at that. Your career should never be a platform to spread or influence your religious beliefs on others. Thanking God once in a while is fine, but Tebow is out of control. Talk about football, that's why people are watching the game.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • fraff

      so you would choose to strip his first amendment rights by censoring him?

      January 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I don’t believe One_More_Week45 said anything about stripping rights, imprisonment or setting ablaze at the stake. That is more than we can say for most Christians. However he/she did mention it was fine to do once in awhile. I agree he is abusing his position and religion doesn’t belong in the game. It’s inappropriate and unprofessional.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    CNN is disgusted with Tebow – not because of his actions, which involve far less showboating than the average end zone guy, dancing about. No, CNN is disgusted with Tebow because he is Christian, and the Media hates Christians. That's why the media loves Islam and Muslims so much – because they are so good at chopping off Christian heads, and bombing Christian Churches.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • One_More_Week45

      OMT (Oh my Tebow) Get over it. Are you talking about America here?? The media in run by right-wing, conservative Christians. Checkout FOX news and turn the volume up.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    He beat a badly injured Steelers team that was injered even more and that would have beaten him if they didn't have 6 of their starters knocked out.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • UhYeaOk

      Need a tissue?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. herb

    Wasn't god or tebow, just the fact they were the only team left in vegas who could destroy the bets for the weekend.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      testing the word "to" for the cnn censors.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      ok, the word "to" is ok but the word h o m o s e x u a l is not allowed.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cmxsmitty

    Its not an act of God to beat a team with a quarterback with a sprained ankle and half its defensive line injured. It's luck. Mr. God Squad will be handed his lunch by Brady. End of story.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • UhYeaOk

      Spoken like a true poor loser Pittsburg fan. Every team in the NFL has injuries this late in the season, suck it up and move on.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Tebow is out of control!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe T.

    Doesn't the Bible say something about not making a showy display of public prayer? You can be a good Christian and not be obnoxious about it. Look at Drew Brees and Kurt Warner. They are all about Jesus but they are humble about it. You people who knock those who knock Tebow say "You just don't like Christians", "The media is against Christians". Nobody has any problem with Brees or Warner. They don't make a showy display of their faith but they show it in their actions and demeanor, just as much as Tebow.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harlan

      Doesn't our 1st amendment grant freedom of expression/religion.. we shouldn't care what he is doing as long as it isn't harming anyone..

      January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      Maybe you should pay attention to what I'm saying. I'm not saying you aren't allowed to pray in public. What I'm saying is, don't act like your humble when your actions say otherwise. Showy displays of prayer show a lack of humility. That was what Jesus was saying to the Pharisees.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      It’s all about freedom of speech when it’s a Christian. Out comes a member from another religion or an Atheist and all bets are off. Sorry Harlan but you and those like you are the boy who cried wolf. I’ve yet to see anyone saying he doesn’t have the right. Or that he should be impressions for it. Just like your Tebow people here have to right to voice their opinion of his laughable behavior. Then again theists and hypocrisy go hand in hand.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean


      Edit button please CNN.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Colin

    It's the 21st Century, and we are still debating the existence of a Bronze Age sky-god dreamed up in a Palestinian slum by ignorant goat herders. We are a pathetic species.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Powell

      Colin, I can't judge you because I used to be just like you. But then I met Jesus. And now He is the light of my life, the root source of all my joy, my Rescuer in a million ways, and the glorious King I follow into every battle. I know that your tendency will be to mock this, but you might try out a little humility instead and see what happens. Talk to Him... and then listen. He loves you and is drawing you to Himself even now.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harlan

    Can't wait for the Pats to smack him around again

    January 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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