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. ihorizon

    AMEN!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron H

    First!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aaron H

    Darn i was showing that i would be first. But oh well. I told my friends it'd be ben waffleburger vs tim tebow + jesus. And even in the first OT play moses even showed up and parted the defense

    January 9, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Collector1

    Amen is right!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. roberto

    Bill 3:16 – "And, lo, on the 7th day did the Tebow venture forth unto the great kingdom of New England. And thusly, without mercy, did he get the Jesus knocked out of him."

    January 9, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Price

      How long have you been practicing blasphemy?

      January 9, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      roberto, hahahha!!! Where's the LIKE button... 😀 Looking forward to a Pats win on Saturday.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Think

      Sadly, any analysis based on football stats or skills had my Steelers rolling over him. I wouldn't bet against the man.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • roberto

      As long as you've been practicing ignorance, Paul Price.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Sadly, any analysis based on football stats or skills had my Steelers rolling over him. I wouldn't bet against the man."

      A barely able to walk QB, without their best running back and their starting safety gets beat by a lucky jesustard on his home field. I would not put much stock in that game. The best part about Teblow's run is that it will ensure that the donkey's are stuck with him for another season.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Deep North

    We gone to the ridiculous.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Abe Bogaoda

    Someone needs to be slapped for writing this article. Here is a hint Xtians....if Jesus DOES exist he has a lot more things to worry about that if your idiot Tebow wins a football game, how about we start with wars and starving children, all because YOU think football is more important does not mean Jesus nor decent human beings do.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • vin

      Maybe, just maybe, Jesus is speaking through Tebow. He is certainly giving a lot of people something to think about.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan "The Man"

      You should search Modern Day Slavery on CNN and look at what happened at the Passion Conference last week. God and Jesus Christ and omnipotent, so they're watching everything at once. God Bless!

      January 9, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Maybe, just maybe, Jesus is speaking through Tebow. He is certainly giving a lot of people something to think about."

      Maybe jesus should spend more time fighter global starvation instead of talking through a hillbilly football chucker.

      Jesustards make me laugh.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Doesn't it say in the New Testament that you should not pray in public, but do it at home in private? Can Tebo read?

    January 9, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Think

      No. It doesn't. It says that God prefers a pious person praying in private to a hypocrite praying in public.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Price

      No! It does not!!

      January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      either u pray in public or private, God know's your heart and your true intent. Is it for people and publicity? or a true relationship to the living God.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Can Tebo read?"

      Good question, he went to Florida.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. J. Rife

    I don't think @Abe's really an atheist. Maybe all the hostility is because he's a Steeler's fan. LOL.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. John

    ridiculous... is god going to responsible when he loses? Will god have wanted him to lose? If there is a god, I'm sure he/she could care less about football.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      it may sound that way, but God answer's prayers when there is a purpose. So, dont start praying to win the lotto, aint gonna happen, and cheers

      January 9, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Abe Bogaoda

    So when New England stomps the Broncos next week is Tebow going to say it is Jesus's fail?

    After all if Jesus is responsible when you win he must have failed when you lose.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      no, sometimes, its through our own action and sometimes God intervenes. There are mentions of Angels with swords in the Bible. Read Elijah, when an army was approaching, an army of Angels are behind Elijah. There was an incident when one of the native in one of the 3rd world country was about to kill a missionary. But later, believed in Christ, the missionary asked why didnt he kill him? And the native said that he was surrounded by an army, and the missionary said what army? God will come if there is a purpose, maybe to have someone like u asking this question, and questioning this silly thing may not be as silly as you think. Seek and u shall find.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      No, the jesustards will blame that on satan. Don't you know that jesus only is responsible for the good stuff.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Z

    Im a Giant's fan, but if Broncos plays against my favorite, I may prayer for Bronco's victory. Not to glorify the team but to glorify our living God, Lord and Savior, who loves everyone. The One who knows more about each and everyone's heart and soul, understanding each one of us, like a father to a son. But yet, He was scorned by the people of His time and still happening now. Denying Him, and so, whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. More football lovers and maybe others are talking about God through Tim Tebow and his team. God didnt come to make bad people good, He came to give us eternal life. And through that acknowledgement, we should repent from our selfish ways and be holy (seperated from worldly ways), like Him. Glory to the most high. Just want let everyone know, if Jesus never existed, think about the calendar, the church, if USA will exist (puritan's escaping persecution), and will we still be living in the dark ages?

    January 9, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmk

      This is why we can't have nice things in this country.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "if Jesus never existed, think about the calendar"

      Yes, the calendar. We would call it "Winter solstice" instaed of making up the phony holiday of Christmas.

      "and will we still be living in the dark ages?"

      Ah yes, the dark ages. The 800 or so years where RELIGION controlled everything. That miserable period that finally ended with the enlightenment. You know that period when religion began to NOT control everything.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mykey

    I can only imagine the outrage if a muslim athlete was to pray to the east in celebration of victories. This man, however sincere, does his faith a disservice by flaunting it.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Z

      let them all prayer to their god. And see who will be answered. It happen in history numerous times, Pharoah and his magicians vs the living God. read the Bible and compare to history. It is not a religious, it is a historical book.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan "The Man"

      It takes a lot of guts to stand up for Jesus on National Media and to bow before the Lord on National TV...as for your hypothetical situation, some bigots and extremists may fear the Muslim's approach, but they don't truly represent Christ if they're hatin.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mykey

      @Z – Muslims, Christians and Jews all pray to ths same god.

      @Dan – Well said. I'm merely pointing out that his eventual defeat will fuel skeptics.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yes Mykey you could not be more correct. Remember when Tiger Woods asked forgiveness from a Buddhist perspective rather than asking Jesus? There were some negative comments about that, as if it did not have legitimacy.

      Z. sigh, you really believe it is historical...all of it? You do realize that the bible states in numerous places that the earth does not move? Notice how vegetation was created before the sun (photosynthesis?). It says birds arrived before land creatures? The fossil record does not say that. How boat Noah's ark? How did those koala bears and marsupials swim to australia from Mt. Ararat and yet we find no trace of them in between? Did the Exodus happen? Bible conveniently just states the generic "pharoah" as opposed to naming him like it did at other times (shishak) and there is no evidence at all. No contemporary evidence of Jesus, only contradictory gospels written decades after. The list goes on and on. Not to mention bible vs pagan parralels (xmas, Moses birth, gilgamesh, the enuma elish, horus, osirus etc etc). This is why the US is in decline. Politicians pandering to these people instead of advocating science.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. james

    power of prayer...that's all it is.
    Has nothing to do if Jesus really cares about football...more of a fact that prayer serves as a inspiration to others.
    Tebow finds his playing inspiration from prayer. Let him be peeps.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      I don't caare how anyone prays, it's their own business and no one else's.

      I DO want to see Bill Maher's head shoved all the way up his own rear end by Tebow.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sara

    And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

    Matthew 6:5

    January 9, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
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