Tebow's passing yards bring up biblical number
Tim Tebow celebrates as he walks off the field after his Florida Gators won the BCS National Championship game on January 8, 2009. In the black below Tebow's eyes, John 3:16.
January 9th, 2012
08:54 AM ET

Tebow's passing yards bring up biblical number

Early Monday morning, the top item on Google Trends hot searches is John 3 16, the passage from the bible that reads:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The number two and three searched terms on Google? Tebow and Tim Tebow.

It's surely all coincidence, but how many yards did Tebow throw for as he led the Denver Broncos to a 29-23 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's divisional playoffs on Sunday night?

Answer: 316.

And what did Tebow have on his eye black as he led the Florida Gators to victory in the 2009 national championship game three years ago to the day of his performance in Denver Sunday night?

Answer: John 3:16.

And while were looking at numbers, let's look at dates, like December 25, the birth date of Jesus Christ and the man who caught Tebow's overtime pass and scored the winning touchdown Sunday night, 24-year-old Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

In the next round of the NFL playoffs, Tebow, Thomas and their Broncos travel to New England to face the Patriots, a team that dominated them in Denver late in the regular season. The Patriots figure to be even bigger favorites than the Steelers were to defeat the Broncos Sunday night.

But don't count out Tim Tebow to produce some amazing numbers of his own.

Check out Time.com's gallery of John 3:16 in popular culture, including Tebow as a Florida Gator.

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soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. Rich B

    People forget that a touchdown and extra point make 7 points, which is the number of days it took god to create the universe. The extra point is the 7th point and god rested on the 7th day, which is Sunday when most NFL games take place even when Jesus birthday is on a Sunday! NFL football is clearly god's and Jesus' favorite sport. Guess who their favorite player is?

    January 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Guess who their favorite player is?"

      Tom Brady.

      Brady =Three superbowl rings and Giselle Bundchen

      Tebow = One playoff win and no supermodels

      Looks like god favors Brady.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich B

    oh-oh-oh, I forgot--field goals count for 3 points–the holy trinity!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    I love the way the author of this article states that December 25th is Jesus' Birthdate. That's just a date that was pulled out to the air by the believers of this fantasy they call religion.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sneekasnaaka

    I don't believe in jesus, God etc...but I have to admire a man who stands for what he believes in. I would rather my kids look to him as a role model than to some steroid using, frat boy loser who does nothing to make the world a better place...yet is a 'sports superstar".

    January 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diane /Indiana

    Tim Tebow loves God& sets his heart on God, love those coincidences from God !

    January 11, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Diane /Indiana

    " Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." ~~~~~~Albert Einstein~~~~~~~

    January 11, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ron

    He is no saint get over him. I am a christian who loves God and trust me Tebow is not perfect

    January 11, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. JHaas

    Don't forget James 3:16 "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice."

    Then go to Youtube and look for "Tim Tebow Shuts Up Michael Irvin Without Realizing It".

    January 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rosetta

    In your Biblical quotes, Please, try to remember anytime you're referring to God, as HE, His.Him please capitalize His reference.! thank you in all honor and respect to Him!

    January 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Neal

    Children starve, death, disease and natural disasters everywhere, and sky daddy is watching football. Brilliant.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Salvation is FREE

    Tebow has courage to say who he is and what he stands for! Why does it bother the non-beliver's so much? Is GOD Centered people a threat to non-centered people? We have courage and you have contempt. Father, please forgive them for they are blind and cannot see! Salvation is FREE!

    January 18, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
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