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. Katie

    Can we stop talking about him as if he's a miracle?? He's a good, if inconsistant, football player who has shown potential to improve and to lead. Good for him. If he's religious, so what? Does anyone really think God takes sides in football? Let him believe in private and enjoy the game for what it is.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Melissa

    Tim, thank you for not "bowing" or "running" from those who don't believe. I know that when you pray, it is not for a "win" – but rather for strength, health and safety for all those – including the opponents, who play this game...and yes, it is a game. So many on these posts have lost their faith in God or never had it. So many are jealous of the peace you have in life – because they don't have it. So many simply do not have a joyous life, like you do – and they blame everything and everyone – but fail to look in the mirror to realize that it starts with them and their faith. So, keep praying, keep speaking our for our Lord Jesus and let us watch – win or lose – as you keep on smiling!

    January 10, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Amen...In the Bible it says to let your light shine and not be afraid to tell others how much you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for if you don't do that, then when you stand before the Lord, He will say he never knew you...and he does help those who put their trust in Him....I don't know if it will give Tebow a win, but he has made a name of "Jesus Christ" while playing the game He loves, so why wouldn't God help him.............I Believe!!!!!!! Some day all who have not believed in the Lord Jesus as Savior from sin, will stand before the "Great White Throan" and be judged and then they will be thrown in to the Lake of Fire with the devil and his folowers...not my words, but the Holy Word of God!...If you don't believe....(and I pray you do, because God does not want to lose anyone)....as a Child of God, I know a better life than this one is yet to come....but a person who does not believe....will have eternal torment, one where you can't kill yourself to get out of it.....IT WILL BE FOREVER!!!!!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Melissa

    Luke – you can't pick and choose which parts of the Bible you want to support. following Christ is not a platform to suppress anything. There are clear rules, guidelines and commandments in the Bible about what you speak of – and it has been the rule, commandment for thousands of years.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mercyme

    Thank goodness Tebow has the courage to show that Jesus is not seperate from who we are. He is not supposed to be hidden until Sunday service. How about Tebow for president?

    January 10, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ????

      We had a religious zealot for President, George W. Bush. How did that work out?

      January 10, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mercyme

    Gotta love a man who can be true to himself in the face of the critics!
    Keep on kneeling! He has made football exciting!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mercyme

    Tebow rocks! Critics- zero!

    January 10, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Granny


    January 10, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. jonny

    im from pittsburgh and we should have won that game...

    January 10, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Jonny, since when did steeler fans Become such whinners? The refs blew the call on the backwards pass which would have given Denver a 23 or 27- 7 lead at the time. Huge break for you guys, how can you gripe ?
      Broncos beat you , stop whinning.( And they even did it with a QB who isn't a rapist).

      January 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I'm from Wisconsin, and Pitt should have won that game... GO PACKERS!!! 🙂

      January 10, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. ????

    Ish, a great defense, adequate offensive line, good running backs and pretty good receivers is the reason for the win. You would think that there is only one player on the Denver roster to read the article.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. carby

    T-BOY, its been luck......that was your last win.............by the way, I pray daily – no one knows it...you however, want to bring attention to yourself by playing with GOD, and GOD doesn't like it! Grow up T-BOY!

    January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I don't believe you

      January 10, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Proxie

    What makes him great is that he is the underdog, he's got humility, and he wins when everyone (all the critics) expect him to lose. Is he inconsistent, YES. Is he a terrible quarterback, no. He has potential, and when that potential shines, he's amazing. He is clutch under pressure and that is amazing to watch. He wins, when he shouldn't and that is amazing to watch.
    This saturday he is (once again) expected to lose. He may. BUT if he wins, it will be amazing! People will talk, some (like you) will complain, and others (like me) will cheer him on!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. GPerform

    Haven't you guys ever seen Angels in the Outfield....duhhh.....it was probably Tony Danza helping out Tebow.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ben

    You know, I am a Christian, and generally keep it to myself. However, in a way, I do admire Tebow for having the conviction to do what the bible says to do and not back down (spread the word). I also find it troubling that the same people who feel the need to rip on him for his beliefs gleefully sing along to the songs of people like Kanye and most of the cult of personality who have the same zeal for telling people how many cars they have bought or women they have done. Its kind of weird.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. OSA6311

    Tebow has his critics, he has his supporters; seems to be a huge debate among people because there are some who think that his faith in God should be left out of the conversation, but his faith is very much a part of who he is as a person. Colossians 3:23: "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." The God I believe in cares about every single aspect of every single person's life and we are to live, speak, & work for His glory in every single thing we do. Tebow seemingly does this – He loves the game, he plays the game to the best of his ability and when his team wins, he gives the glory to God, when they don't win, he still gives the glory to God. When he's not on the field, he is doing good works for those less fortunate. As far as his football ability – he will be the first one to back up a critic who points out his mistakes on the field and humbly admit that he could've done better and that he let his team down with his mistakes. He also is very wary to take all the credit, even when the media (such as the author of this article) makes it all about him – he always points out there is an entire team of players that on that field with him and that his successes are just as much theirs, as they were right there playing, too. To blame him for the hype in the media is unfair – the journalists, sportscasters, etc are the ones writing these articles and making the statements.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Fupped Duck

      Where all the white women at?

      January 10, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dot

    He is a football player, need I say more? OK I will, he likes the spotlight and you are all giving it to him. Since I do not watch football, I do notknow if he warrants all this attention or not.

    January 10, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • J-Ray

      Since you dont know i'll tell you YES he warrants this attention and then some a lot of people are just now learning about Tebow as a Florida native and a Gator fan i've been watching him for years and he is in my opinion by far the most interesting and insperational cultural figure in America today he is a warrior and a saint at the same time his football accomplishments are second to none in college he is arguably the greatest to ever play the game and in his first 11 starts in the NFL and against all odds he has taken a 1-4 team to the second round of the playoffs in spectacular and historical fashion he is as American as apple pie, a living legend and is quickly becoming a national treasure, in a world where a Kim Kardashian can become rich and famous for do absolutely nothing i'd say Tebow deserves every bit of the attention that he is getting...

      January 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
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