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. sammy sozo

    scary stuff. people who talk to God. OK.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Typical Christian...

      All religious people create a 'God' in their own image, and use it to justify their behavior... Strong-minded people realize this and reject the principle altogether...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda

      Hi Sammy,
      I'm so sorry you feel that way. My mother taught me how to pray when I was 5 years old and it has been the greatest blessing for me throughout my life. Don't know where I would be today without it. From those horriable awkward bullying moments in highschool, to having the meanest coworkers on the planet, talking to God has been my serenity.

      January 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boris

      @ Typical Christian...

      Typical Jew or athiest who hates TIm Tebow more than OBL. You are a sicko.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      That is true Typical. Strong-minded people like Stalin and Mao didn't create those silly God images. They followed their own path.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. davetharave

    The Broncos will defeat the Patriots this weekend. Tebow has prayed to God and reminded him that Bill Belichick is a cheater.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scrumps

      Yes....Bill cheated all 5 of his rings...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Follix 1

    Wow you guys believe in fairy tales, you should go to school and realize that humanité in an Universe containing some septillions number of planets is complety irrelavant. And if your God prefer to help Tim Tebow than starving children I say screw him.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      God does care about starving children. He is using Tim Tebow to build a hospital in the Phillipines to help them.BTW, if you are going to use pretentious words like "humanite" then you should be able to spell "completely" and write "a Universe" rather than "an Universe." It makes you look like a clod.

      January 10, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Boohincus

    Like all Evangelicals, Tebow is all about form over substance. It's all about getting converts and not really about God, it's about pitching the product. 'Look at me and see what a great Christian I am!' There is no need whatsoever to carry on like this, of course, a quiet word will suffice as 'God' hears all, except that Evangelicals have to 'witness' for the crowds and lap up the attention. Typical American style religiosity: point blank materialism masquerading as spirituality. lol

    January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      prrrreetty much. That's what it looks like, anyway.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oh NOOO , another 316 verses, ehmm yards

    Google it: "Broncos closed out the 2008 season by losing their third consecutive game, ...fell to the San Diego Chargers, 52–21, ... loss kept the Broncos out of the playoffs for the third straight season. Cutler went 33-of-49 with 316 yards.

    And to THINK that Cutler threw for 3-1-6 yards! Tebowesque.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    tim tebow is a underated quaterback and im surprised and very shocked for well composed he was against the steelers he could very well be the next franchise QB if he stays healthy and refines his mechanics, he also just needed to relaxed under pressure like he was on that 6 game winning streak and he will do just fine

    January 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scrumps

      His team plays hard for him – I feel bad for his receivers, cause that man throws a pretty ugly football.

      He can also outrun and out muscle a good portion of running backs in the NFL, so there's also that...

      January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      no he is an overrated QB and an underrated RB.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bollocks

    i'm pretty sure his starving fans in africa are happy that god has led him this far

    January 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amber

    Sunday's game between the Steelers and Broncos was amazing. Both teams played thier hardest and it ended with an amazing finish. I have alot of respect for both teams and I couldn't want a better ending than overtime face off. I hope Tebow proves his team a great match again

    January 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Uninformed Observer

    You know, to the person who said he should pray for starving children and all that. Maybe he's thanking God for blessing him with success, so he can continue to make money, so he can continue to donate money to charities. And have an off-season period where he can work with those charities. Because, I'm sure there are millions like you that continue to pray for the suffering, but don't do anything else to help.

    January 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      “And again I say to you that it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24...

      So I guess that $250k bonus he got for winning yesterday is going to charity?

      January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. carby

    T-BOY, go sit down somewhere! I believe in God and I also pray. ONLY GOD AND I KNOW THIS! I don't do it in front of thousands of people.....I don't believe in USING GOD that way!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tracy

    trust me sammy sozo, you will be talking to God to one day especially if you are in a crisis and near death. I

    January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dale

    He is playing the media like a harp getting a lot of good publicity

    January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. d

    why do you people blame a loving God....when the 'world' is the devil's playground and he steals, kills and destroys – what God would otherwise use for His glory. give glory where glory is due and turn away from the evil or at least recognize it – don't run to it. God is using this man and Tim gives Him the glory!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PeterD

    Tebow is a Fine Young Christian Man. Leave him alone for Lovely US Ladies.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John M

    I'm never surprised by atheists who rant and hate those who affirm the living God who made all things...even the atheists for sure. Twisted and depraved comments about what they cannot comprehend. Mercy....

    January 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      it is hard to comprehend something when there is no proof of its existence

      January 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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