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. J.R.

    I can assure you, God has nothing to do with this idiot winning games. And Christians everywhere should be ashamed and angered that Tebow is exploiting that religion to bolster his image.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnus

      I can assure you that most people know that. you are the idiot for generalizing

      January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicci1

      "I can assure you that most people know that. you are the idiot for generalizing".. couldn't have been said better!

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

      you are an idiot. leave the man alone if he is religious and i am not a fan of him bcz of it. he is good player

      January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • becool

      100% TRUE.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      exactly how do you know what his intention is – are you playing God

      January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      No, most NORMAL people know that "God" is not helping this Doofus win games, but the rest are complete fools. You want proof?! Go into any Walmart in the fly-over states and you'll see a frenzy of pajama-wearing idiots buying anything that has this Doofus' name and religion combined. I had the pleasure of seeing this train wreck unfold before me as I stood there speechless and disgusted.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hecep

      Times are lean, I've screwed up big time the past 5000 years, and I appreciate any acknowledgements sent my way. (signed - God)

      January 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kpb

    Funny thing is-I don't hear Tim Tebow saying Thank you God for letting me win this game. He simply & humbly thanks God for being his Lord and Savior. He also thanks his coaches and his players and his fans. I don't see him being criticized for that. The media and goofs like some of you guys are the ones making a "joke" out of it. I just can never figure out why that is so bothersome to so many. I don't believe God really cares one way or the other about who wins a football game. I'm just sayin.....

    January 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. Wade Harrell

      I see players like him pray after a score but not after a 3 and out. That smacks of pure greed. Football is a game and sometimes a 3-and-out may mean that you averted a catastrophic injury that could have happened on the next play that we humans may not see and it means that God favors the outcome of a simple sporting event of one group of his children over another. Besides, Matthew 6 says this: 5: And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • savedMD

      Exactly, dude! God is not wrapped up in the win or the loss, WE are. So if ur not gonna dog the guy who does something STUPID in the endzone, or the one who cries about a contract, etc, get off TT.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • savedMD

      @Harrell, it also says do not judge, right? You look at TT from the outside and then use scripture taken out of context mind you, to justify why he shouldn't pray publicly. You don't know what or even why he's prayin'. HE can take a knee after every play just as long as he does his job. Scripture also says dont let let any corrupt word proceed from your mouth. So if you swear, than it 's talkin to you too. Stop hatin'!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      He TOTALLY thanks Jesus anytime someone asks about a winning game. He's giving credit to God. He is such a Doosh. Like God cares if this idiot wins any games. You want to know why people don't like that?! It's because of his self-righteous, arrogant way of trying to worm his religious beliefs into society by trotting out the Aw-Shucks act. He'll probably come out of the closet one day.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    I for one am proud to have someone in the NFL that has morals and values. It beats watching highlights of selfish millionairs acting like they are special. I love seeing a humble star that realy loves the game, and appreciates it the way they all should. Keep going Tebo!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • dzerres

      If you're that proud you might bother to spell his name correctly. geez

      January 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      I agree totally!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      He's a self-righteous, arrogant DBag trying to worm his religious beliefs into society by trotting out the Aw-Shucks act. He'll probably come out of the closet one day.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doubting Thomas

    As a huge gator fan, I am really enjoying this ride. And even as a non-christian, I love everything Tebow is doing on and off the feild. And as one who can't stand New England, nothing would be better than to see the Broncos win in Foxboro on Saturday. Fact is though, Saturday isn't about Tebow, it's about the team and DENVER had better do something incredible this week to prepare for Belichick. I think the Broncos can put up the points (23 should be enough to win) but the defense has to have a miracle against Tom Brady and that high powered offense. That's right, it isn't Tebow that needs to prove anything come Saturday, it's that Denver D (LET"S GO ORANGE CRUSH!!!!)

    January 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zipityall

    I'm surprised at the number of heathens out there. I guess it's ok for a player to do a crazy dance when he does something good; but its not ok to kneel in prayer. Very twisted. You don't have to agree with him, but that doesn't mean you have to criticize him.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. frank

    So much anger directed to a very nice guy. Shame on you all!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. savedMD

    First of all, Africa is not the only place in the world with starving people, how about America?! Second, no one is offended by the average pro athlete taking a knee or pointing to the sky after scoring/winning, but this guy has been under a microscope and under attack since day 1, unwarranted might I add. God is not so concerned with helping Tim Tebow win a GAME moreso than He is concerned about TT setting an example of humility, integrity and excellence. These qualities transcend a GAME and are applicable regardless of the outcome of football. He has been the same dude win or lose. He gets trashed whether he gets a W or an L. He's not proselytizing or converting, he is outspoken about what he believes. No different from people who talk about women or cars or...sports, except this dude believes it and lives it and the haters are squirming.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Your right, whenever someone good comes into the world the rotten people start trying to tear him down. they are like crabs in a bucket, each one draging the next down.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      This Doosch IS preaching in his own wormy, as-shucks kind of way every time he thanks God for a good move on the field. I'm just waiting for this guy to come out of the closet. Then all you "fans" would drop him like a hot potato. Hypocrites.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    You've got to be kidding me. Now, dont get me wrong, i am NOT on the tebow train, but the guy is legit. He has faith, and he shows it. But in an age when everybody is crying about "our kids having no positive role models", as much as i dont WANT to say it, we have one here in Tim Tebow, so stop complaining and be happy that you finally have someone who isnt just another money grubbing, felony commiting, overpaid joke.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Canadian

    Really? Does anyone actually think that if there is a god thing in the sky it would give a royal crap about a football game? And does this mean there are no jesus people on the other team? Why does the god thing take a dump on them? I beleeeeeve the Easter Bunny is all powerful and will bestow Brady with the powers to whump jesus boy this weekend!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoccoP

      I believe - and I'm certain Tim Tebow will agree wholeheratedly - that God is much more interested in a person's character than his sports abilities. Now if someone's athletic abilities in conjunction with his character give God glory, what's wrong with that?
      Too bad that you confess faith in the Easter Bunny (or, probably more likely, in almighty chance), because that faith is nothing to base your life on. Just like Tebow, I find faith in Jesus Christ much more realistic and life transforming.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • savedMD

      Amen Rocco!

      January 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Canadian

      Enjoy your kool-aid.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Believing in some fluffy-clouded place called heaven and in some little red man in a red suit and pitchfork is just as ridiculous as believing in the Easter bunny. You religious freaks are so gullible.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RoccoP

    From everything I've heard it's the media and fans and detractors who are making a big deal about Tebow, while Tebow humbly gives God thanks for his abilities, visits kids struggling with life-threatening sicknesses - no matter if he plays a good game and wins - or plays a stinker and loses. So why are so many bashing him for giving his Maker and his teamates the recognition?
    It sounds like most people prefer role models like Roethlisberger, who very recently brashly crashed a party and picked out a young girl to r-ape. Or Michael Vick hosting dog fights. Or how about Plaxico Buress doing the night clubs and shooting himself in the process. I guess many of you would be happier if Tebow mirrored their example, of a true football star. Man, what a twisted sense of values!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Canadian

      It isn't so much Tebow that is nauseating as it is his belief in some fictional character and all the morons out there that start jumpin' on the jesus wagon. As a person I am sure tebow does good work in the community....just lose the jesus on a stick routine and think for yourself.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Thank you for some common sense here, Joe.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marlboro Man

    Wow, today this forum is a big, steaming pile of bull-shawacky.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DeeNYC

    I'm so glad God is supporting tebow. I mean he ignored the starving women and children all over the world but at least he keeps the football games interesting.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      LOL!!!! Thanks, Dee, you made my day!

      January 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    Freaking fanatic!!!! This is what has this country screwed up. God has zero to do with winning a stupid game. If there is a God he has better things to worry about. Than this T Bone head!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ganan

    Why so critical of his praying? What's wrong with that? Maybe if more people prayed, we wouldn't be in the mess this country is in. Keep Praying Tebow---you have God on your side-don't listen to these idiots.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      LOL!!!!!!!!! Yes, because praying always works so well. Even if you buy the ridiculous scenario of God caring about football games, has your pea brain ever contemplated the fact that if "God" lets one team win, then what does that say for the other team, or player, or whatever? That he plays favorites?! Geez, people are so stupid and gullible sometimes.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. KenC

    As soon as I read the word "miracle" in this story, I quit reading it. Since when is a frickin' football game something that deserves a MIRACLE!?? That is disgusting.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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