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. Michael J.


    January 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • fail MSM

      I guess I'll say that my view is that the spirit comes from within. A public display gives nothing but a veneer.

      This is nothing more than a distraction for the consumer-grade useless eaters, the beer-swillers, the sports "fans" or fanatics. When you don't have 2 brain cells to knock together then sports events are where you belong. We, the rest of us, prefer you keep your undereducated and emotion driven decision making skills limited to placing bets on sports events. Stay distracted. We can make the hard decisions for you 🙂 Go back to your beer.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. D

    Tebow is a bad QB who is winning. In the end, I guess thats all that matters.

    But for the love of Tebow...can his minions PLEASE just SHUT UP?????????

    Carry on......

    January 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Contradiction

      Does a bad QB throw for more passing yards than any other QB against the BEST DEFENSE IN THE NFL? I think not. My advice: Remove head from @$$, wake up and smell the roses of reality!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emperor Vadik, CA

      Tebow had 4 lucky passes, 3 for 40 yards, one of them for 80...(that is 220 yards)

      ...he was still 9 of 22

      ....even a broken clock is right twice a day.....

      January 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amfyoyo

      I would take Tim Tebow and any other 10 NFL players against any QB in the league plus those same 10 NFL players and Tebow will win hands down. Of course, Big Ben would be my 2nd choice in such a scenario and I don't like him.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amfyoyo

      Dear Emperor Vadik, Tebow QB rating was 125. Has it ever occurred to you that the Broncos offensive scheme started with Orton didn't and wouldn't have worked with Tebow. Its been a work in progress. Look at the Colts. Take away their QB and the go 2-14. Same offensive players. What does that tell you? The other 10 players suck or the other 10 players and the scheme were designed for Manning's skill set.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don't Read This

    Nonsense,,He's a white, Christian hetero male who lives his life with dignity,,The media can't wait for him to go away so he can be replaced by someone more "hip" and "edgy".

    January 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Tom Brady is all of these things plus he has good manners. Many football and baseball players have been thanking God and Jesus for many years (yes even bowing in prayer on the field) but they don't aggravate most people because they don't proselytize at every post-game interview and 'brag' about being a virgin.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emperor Vadik, CA

    When the Devil is on your side, you win games???...

    ...then the Devil takes your rotten Christian soul...

    ...a benevolent God is a little too busy with starving kids to worry about rich morons who think Jesus is interested in a dumb GAME...

    January 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Is a benevolent god really too busy with starving children ? Based on how many are starving to death right now I don't think so.

      Tebow !!!!!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anfscd

      Got all the answers do we?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike M

    Brady vs Tebow They beat him by 18 in Denver I'd say with Chung & spikes back on D 34-10 Pats in a laugher... I don't think God cares about football and if he does then his attention is mis-placed. He should care more about sick children than feild goals.....

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

      Wow, you really are missing the point. Open your eyes.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. OGR99

    Not sure why the obsession with Tebow. Actually that's a lie. We and the media love controversy.

    Funny though. Tebow just keeps living his life and doesn't really care what we think.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lardeau

    I like the guy. But the Pats may just be too much next week.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dale

    All of these comments are way to serious. All I know is that Tebow and the Broncos are fun to watch. You have to admit that their season has been entertaining!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marion

    A young man that has character,proud to believe and at the same time humble about his success.
    A role model for young and old. No matter how much we are insulted, made fun of, blacklisted, Christians and Roman Catholics we are starting to make a stand against the liberal leftist media, mediocre comics and actors that atack our belives.
    I just say boycott you attacls , insult us. You do not see them dong the same to jews and muslims, because the first will make sure they are fired and blacklisted and the second will have all the Human groups screaming descriminarion.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Professor Hubert J Farnsworth

      I always kinda figured Catholics were Christians. Was there a memo I missed?

      By the way, I'm certain there are college courses to help the illiterate. The very least you could do use is a spell checking... you know... to make what you posted somewhat understandable.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Prof. Farnsworth stop attacking Marions belives !

      January 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      another "woe is me" from a sociopath christian. I am so sick of this attude from christians, how many christians have been killed because they are christians. how many christians have beaten or killed someone because they were different. tebow and you need to find a psycho asylum fast.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carlos Mojica

    I am personally getting a bit tired of this Tebow/Christianity media construct. I am not really sure what is being claimed here. I mean, is it that Tebow’s God is somehow interfering in some of the games to his advantage? Or is it some type of observation about how open he is about praying in the field? Look, the claim that the Christian god is somehow interested in the Denver Broncos is, of course, ridiculous. Everyone knows that NFL results respond to the will of Quetzalcoatl, a nasty deity that enjoy looking humans banging their heads hard against each other, and the occasional brain concussion, sprained ankle, etc. And, He is totally insensitive to prayer. So Tebow is wasting his time on that account. On the issue of he being totally open about it, well I guess that is totally fine as far as it goes. Really, is just another way of drawing attention to oneself, like say dancing a salsa on the end zone after scoring. I mean, he can pray in the locker room, right? Or at home? Or in his head? Or he can do it in front of 2 million people and have everyone comment about it. Ah really, what the hell (sorry): Salsa away Tebow. Halleluiah brother! Pray to Quetzalcoatl before next week’s game against the Patriots though, you’re going to need it. Oh, I forgot, He does not answer to prayer. Too bad.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jere1

    Tebow looked more like Moses by parting the Steel Curtain.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. akahn

    Not only am I sick of the name, but everyone knows all the gods are Miami fans...

    January 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason

    Gregg Doyel is a DB, dont click on his link

    January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ray

    Hey CNN your god message is lost on me and all my friends. If you keep peddling god I'm gonna stop coming to this site.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      be gone then...unbeliever of the Eternal Creator and Redeemer of man....every knee shall bow...honks ya off, don't it????

      January 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jere1

    Amazing game. I left the living room to get ready for the OT and it was all over when I got back. I was like, WTH

    January 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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