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. carby

    Or pray as the REST OF THE TEAMS, SILENTLY during the Star-Spangled Banner! Pray as they do, that they have a good game and that NO ONE gets seriously injured – T-BOY! Can you do that? Or will you still be SHOWING OFF AND PRETENDING TO BE OH SO RELIGIOUS? (you just have one more game....then you're out!)

    January 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles Hubbard

    Jesus Christ is God's answer for Victory.
    The pagan goddess NIKE is Satan's answer for victory.
    Tim Tebow promotes both!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wow realllly

    So God was helping a football player while he let millions in Africa starve... Not a God worthy of my worship.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ripfuel45

      God doesn't need you to worship Him. But hopefully one day you will see his grace for what it is and realize you NEED to worship him. It's also very arrogant to say you understand the eternal implicantions, and God's purpose, behind "letting millions die" in Africa. You either trust him or don't, but please don't pretend to know his purpose for those that are suffering in your eyes. Besides, what are you doing personally for those dying in Africa? I

      January 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RD

    What is the obsession with this christ loving tool?

    January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      He has had an incredible streak of OT wins?

      January 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. What The

    You can make fun of Tebow's faith but the bottom line is that the guy delivers the mail on game day.

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

      lol... I guess he "delivers the mail" only 48% of the time....and I guess he plays defense too now eh?

      January 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tebowg

    Meh, too much focus is put on these overpaid athletes.

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

    the thing I always question is if God causes a win for some teams and saves some people from raging rivers and saves some people from burning houses – what about those who did not win or get saved – did God just say "Sorry Buddy, I just don't like you that much or are we to believe they were just not worth saving or helping to win. See, if you give God credit for success then He must be responsible when success does not happen

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

      That is correct. You cannot give someone credit when things go well, and absolve them of responsibility when they don't.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Airhead

    Every single comment just makes me laugh... those who attack God use the "starving kids in Africa" topic to justify why they don't believe in God and those who defend God's existence pretending that that is enough... you gang of imbeciles!! show me what you do to make this world a better place... do the so-called atheists feed those starving kids in Africa? do the passionate Christians show grace, mercy and compassion? Maybe you should start today...

    January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      I agree with you but you don't have to call people idiots – if you are trying to get people to think and possibly become a person person, one who is dedicated to helping mankind then you might want to be a bit kinder yourself.

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

    Tell this tool to keep his religion to himself. This guy claims that god helps him win games. But that same god lets millions throughout the world starve but helps this idiot win a football game. Pathetic.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • zipityall

      Tebow doesn't make that claim EVER. He knows that God doesn't care about football. The fans and the media started that notion.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      So, Zip, it's only coincidence that he prays at the beginning of a game and during scores, and thanked "the Lord" during his post-game interview? Keep deluding yourself.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ripfuel45

      maybe you should try to understand the topic and the claims of Christianity beyond the surface first. There would not be hundreds of millions of Christians in the world if the logic against it were as simple as you claim. I am sure you have people in your life that you respect, of all walks of life, who are Christians.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ripfuel45

      zeke, Christians dont thanks the Lord only when things go our way. Tebow has thanked the Lord through wins and losses. We're thanking Him for what he did on the cross for us (everyone). Everything we do in life is in response to the love he showed us first, not to earn it. Of course God can bless our faith by allowing us to succeed in certains areas of our life, football included, but that's not why we worship him.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      When has he ever said that God helps him win football games, that, my friend, is the media saying things to stir you up. Tebow has been very open about how football ranks on his priority list, and its not at the top, its down the list under his faith, family, and people around the world. Don't put someone down who actually seems like a decent person because it makes you feel uneasy.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. zipityall

    I'm a huge Tebow fan; however, don't forget about D. Thomas who caught the pass, stiff-armed a Steeler and ran the TD. Amazing play no matter how you look at it.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    Seems like an upstanding young man and a promising QB, but he should take more credit for his success. It's not magic – its hard work, determination, and perhaps a little bit of luck.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • zipityall

      Well said.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The New Mexico Man

    It's the playoffs and anything can happen. My prediction: Broncos vs Texans > Broncos vs 49'ers > Broncos win the Super Bowl!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cecilia

    and another thing. it seems that God sure does get involved with some questionable situations, like Christian Mingle – find God's match for you. Really – and I suppose we have God's assurance that no pervert will be stalking out this website, because we have God's word for it. really? and what about wars – all countries believe God is on their side. so who is delusional – us or God.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YBP

    Religion can easily turn any event into a tawdry, second-rate circus. Send in the clowns.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Airhead

    Here we go again... let's just leave God out of the picture... with or without him the problem are people, we are selfish and evil! most of the clowns posting comments are all about what about war, what about sick people, what about kids...? well what about it? do something, stop talking about it! do something...

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