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. urmomlol

    Amazing how much furor Tebow generates simply for expressing his faith. It's not as if he's preaching lengthy moral sermons or spouting off about controversial political issues or putting down anyone else's religion. His belief in his god gives him the strength to go out and make a go at living his dream, and he's thankful for it. Maybe that seems inconceivable to a lot of people, but evidently it's real to him, and that's ultimately what matters.

    I get the impression that a lot of the criticism comes from people who just can't stand that someone believes something that they disagree with; usually, these are the same people who love to preach about "tolerance" in other contexts.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You'd feel the same way if his god was Allah, right?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • teblow

      I wouldn't call an anti-abortion ad during the Superbowl uncontroversial.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • urmomlol

      If you remember the ad, there was nothing in it at all that expressly advocated a particular political policy. It never came out and shouted "ban abortion!". It merely encouraged people to rethink the consequences of abortion; if that's offensive, then maybe that says something about the fragility of your own convictions.

      No, if Tebow were openly Islamic it would not bother me any more than his being openly Christian, as long as he conducted himself in the same way. It would be funny, though, to watch the same media personalities who so "bravely" flaunt their disdain of Tebow's Christianity squirm for fear of the repercussions of openly criticizing a Muslim.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DC

    Sorry to disturb the secular utopia on here, but if Tebow were the first athlete in the history of this world to wear his faith on his sleeve, then I would call this 'news', but he isn't. Thousands of athletes across the world make their religious fervor known and *surprise* this has been going on for ages now. Yes, I know some of you are shocked to learn that not everyone worships in a basement closet, but you'll get over it, don't worry now.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry S

    Pretty sad when people hate the guy because he's a Christian. Shows how intolerant the left has become.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • streetsmt

      I bet most people don't hate him. They disagree with his beliefs and become annoyed with all of the coverage it gets, as if all this god stuff were actually true.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      No kidding. I'm sick of the ignorant crap those retarded f@gs keep spewing.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Jack

      Please explain how you got (christian hater = left) ?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • micook

      Typically a f@g is someone who licks another man's taint which YOU are doing!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      Hey, how did you know I was licking a guy's taint right now? Hopefully just a lucky guess, because otherwise I'm a little creeped out.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SusaninFL

    Some people just do not get Tebow. Read his book and it will open your eyes and give understanding. At age 5 he was not like other kids...loved football and competing, pretty much was his focus. He loves the game and play and his passion spreads. Everyone who meets him come away knowing they have been with a true to himself person and are impressed with the man. He gives credit to his teammates and supports them verbally all the time.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • teblow

      Where the hell do you get the idea that tebow was the only 5 year old kid who liked football?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • teblow

      And if he "spread" the passion as much as he spreads the offence... maybe every win he gets wouldn't be considered a "miracle"

      January 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. micook

    Keep licking that taint! We talk about Tebow, but what about the WR who caught his passes! His stats are 2nd rate! You have 53 men on a roster! You have 100's of faith driven players in the league and it's Tebow Tebow Tebow!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • urmomlol

      For all the outrage heaped upon him for the attention he receives, Tebow is always the first to give credit to his teammates; but then the same people accuse him of being phony.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • micook

      He's not the only player to do that

      January 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • urmomlol

      No, and this level of attention won't last forever; but right now his story is clearly something that interests people.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      Mary Thomas is a mediocre WR at best. Put a half-decent receiving corps around him and he'd be regarded as hands-down the best QB in the NFL.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. goopy

    I guess some people think that God is concerned about football as a replacement for religion. As close as many will ever come.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      I went to church back in 2009 and prayed, "Please God, if I can ask one thing for this world, please help the Steelers win the Super Bowl." And they did. This year I didn't go to church to ask for a Super Bowl victory yet because I figured the Broncos game was a gimme...and they lost. Pretty much proves that God intervenes in football games if you ask nicely. Tebow also might be the second coming, so I wouldn't count him out against the Pats.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james

    That's a whole lot of miracles guys. When does it become "he's a damn good quarterback"–

    January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. micook

    Any real Football fan who actually watches football would realize it's not about him and God it's about him gettting all the recognition when the defense, offensive line and McGahee carried him all season!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. government cheese

    Religious bigots are going crazy. I love it!!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. micook

    Ned Flanders should be a Hall of Fame QB then!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tingle

    I could care less about his games. here is his greatest achievement.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      That's not very impressive. I could start a hospital in the Philippines if I wanted to, but I couldn't lead an NFL team to beat the Steelers in the playoffs.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    wake up people!! NFL IS CONTROLLED BY VEGAS...Pittsburgh Steelers is heavily favored..that means alot people bet on them...pitt didn't lose, they sold the game to vegas to make money..duhhhh where you think all the money they pay NFL players come from...geez

    January 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      Ever heard of a money line, spread, or odds, Wee Todd? The bookies set it up so they pocket the vig and equal numbers of people bet on either side.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      The Conspiracy Theorist Guy.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Norm

    Its not that I dislike Tebow or the Denver Broncos. In fact, I used to be a big fan of the Broncos. But the media is going nuts or something. TIM TEBOW IS NOT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST. He is simply a human being that happens to excell in his sport. Nothing more. And his little prayer sessions on the football field is not going to get him into Heaven with special privilges. We all come into this world the same way, bare-a** naked and we will all go out the same way, dead. Its what we do with out lives in between that matters. And I think that Mr. Tebow is being dishonest in his display of his religion in an effort to make himself more worthy (dollar wise) and help the public put him on a pedestal. People, get a grip. He is no one that is any more special than you nor I. If you arent careful you could end up in hell by worshipping false gods. But, thats up to you. I know I will catch all kinds of heck for my feelings, but, I am sick and tired of hearing how he has such a special relationship with God. How do you know? Did God tell you that? I doubt it seriously.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      He is too the second coming. I would know.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • andilayne


      January 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bmore ravens

      I agree with some of what has been said on here. He is not the second coming of Christ. He is a great athlete with an abnormal set of skills for he's position. I was raised in a catholic family, I don't practice any religion now, but when Tim Tebow talks about his belief in god its not a in your face approach. He is very humble, so I personally do not get offended. I don't think god, if there is one, cares about football. I think god, if there even is one, makes people who they are, and gives them the chance for their own achievements by their own hard work and actions, without god's influence. BTW I like to think there is god, and heaven but something tells me that we are just water,cells and dust that recycles back into the planet we live on when we die and all we become is a memory of what we did for others and what influence we left behind. All this said I cheer for him just so he can prove all the nay sayers that someone can be successful even if they take a different path to the final destination. Good luck Tim Tebow and GO RAVENS!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Why has religion wormed its way into a much loved sport which has nothing to do with faith?

    I'm sure if Tebow had confessed to a faith other than Christianity and somehow connected his success to his faith, he would be the target of a really vicious campaign.
    Let's just leave religion out of this sport.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Mom

      Like you've never prayed for your team to win a big game. PUH-LEEZ. Religion has everything to do with football.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • andilayne

      thank you-im sick of all this moronic crap.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      No, I can honestly say I've never prayed for one of my teams to win. What a stupid thing to pray about.

      And it's not like the teams Tebow's managed to beat (despite his pretty much awful quarterbacking) don't have their share of believers on them.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jose

      I want to see Bill Maher's head shoved three feet up hisass by Tebow. Please.

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

    I don't dislike Tebow personnaly. He really isn't openly more religious than a lot of other players in the NFL when it comes to things he says in interviews.

    Its the attention that he gets that drives me crazy. Its way beyond his skill level and what he actually brings to the game. NFL practice squads are full of guys much more talented and who could do a better job as QB than Tebow. He has clearly benefited from the fact that he has been on very good football teams both in college and with Denver and that he is white.

    The fanfare he gets also takes away from some people in that organization that deserve it. Von Miller has been one of the best defensive players in the league this year and gets almost no attention.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaz

      Tebow is a starting NFL QB; like it or not, there are no practice squad guys better than him. Of course he benefits from being on a good team: just like brady, eli, rodgers or big ben. What does being white have to do with anything? You are right about Von Miller but as he, Tim, or any other football player at any level will tell you, "W's first, interviews second"

      January 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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