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. Technologist

    It was an 80 yard pass caught by number 88. One of the first microprocessors put out by Intel was the 8088. Intel must be divinely assisted in becoming the top manufacturer of microprocessors! No wonder AMD hasn't been able to catch up to Intel. 😛

    January 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. silliness

    It's 2012, and there are still people who believe in magic numbers.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      The broncos won 29-23. Hmmmm,

      29-23= 6!

      Tebow's number is 15

      1+5= 6!

      Tebow won his first national championship at florida in the year two thousand and......6!

      6 6 6

      Tebow is the antichrist.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Why is this article still in news section?....Should really be in sports or the wacko section you guys label religion?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Antony


    January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tokyo joe

    He gets the message out!!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yes, as of this morning, millions of people are realizing what a bunch of delusional nitwits christians are.

      Yeah, jesus spends his sundays fixing NFL football games.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rm

    A fine example of ridiculous, childish, unsophisticated thinking. Using the same logic, lets apply it this way:
    316; all these numbers added together equal 10. Their are 10 dimes equal to a dollar. Therefore FDR's and Washington's spirits swayed the game.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tebowner

    My prediction is that Denver plays Green Bay in the Super Bowl and on a last second run, Tebow heads toward the end zone and Jesus himself lifts him over the goal line for the winning score and he ascends to heaven.

    So spake the angel of the Lord, "Lo, there is one amongst you who will be known as the Tebowner that will perform miracles on the gridiron unlike any seen in the 6000 year history of the Earth. The numerical signs will be there so that the true Believers will know he is truly the one that the Lord has chosen. But there won't be hard math, because that would legitimize science, and that goes against what your Lord has provided for you. This will be a sign that the Lord has given you supply side economics so that the least among you can see how cool it would be to be rich, and work tirelessly for the greater good of the chosen 1 percent. Free Market so sayeth the Lord."

    Can I get an Amen? Can I get an Hallelujah?

    January 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Amen. lol

      January 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aezel

    What a bunch of nonsense.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RJD

    Here we are in the 21st century and people act like they're stuck in the Middle Ages. Take a course in statistics and learn about probability. There's nothing supernatural about a stupid football game!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Seven

    I think next week he should wear black stickers under his eyes that say, "John 9:19"

    January 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MNNorse

    To all the atheists out there, why does one man cause you so much grief or the beliefs of others who differ from your own enlightened non-beliefs? No need to hate on someone else just because they believe differently from you. We are all on our own journey through life, some are on different paths than you. Don't be a hater.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      We don't hate you. We just think you are silly.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antony

      I don't care what Tebow believes. I am opposed to his public display of his beliefs. He just needs to keep it to himself.

      Case in point: Tom Landry is my all-time football hero. He was a very religious man. Yet, in his 29-year head coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys, he NEVER proselytized his beliefs from the football field. The man had CLASS!

      On the other hand, Tebow is just crass.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shinga

      We're not all athiests, the issue is that it's not his faith that makes him a good football player, it's his genes and practice. People are making it seem as if the second coming of christ is a football player – these stories are making a mockery of christianity. So I'm not a professional basketball player because I didn't pray hard enough or have enough faith in Jesus? No, it's because I'm only 4 foot eleven and weigh 95 pounds, me praying to Jesus isn't going to change that.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. derp

    Jesus : Hmmmm, what to do on a Sunday afternoon?

    God : Well, you could probably go help some people who are about to die of starvation.

    Jesus: Nah, I'm going to be too busy fixing the Broncos Steelers game. The heck with the starving people, I need to help Tim Tebow throw touchdown passes. You saw how much he sucked the last three weeks without my help.

    God : But what about the starving people?

    Jesus : That's their problem, they did not pray as hard as Tebow.

    God : Wow, that seems like kind of a dick move to shaft the starving people.

    Jesus : Oh well, they should learn to do that whole bow thing that Tebow does. It's awesome, and it totally makes me forget about starving people every time he does it. Go Bronco's!

    January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry


      January 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. getalifechristians

    WOW! Are you really serious about this 3:16 thing? I guess if the Steelers had 316 yards passing we would have to say Roethlisberger is the Son. People get a life! Give it up people, Tebow is a one season wonder that will be done before the end of next year.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMM

      I thought the Bible taught that you show pray in private, that you should not make a show of praying (related to humility). Just saying.

      January 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. edgebarton

    Regardless if you're a Christian, an atheist, a Tebow lover or hater, it has made for ridiculously exciting football and great news stories and posts. The NFL and CBS must love this. Ratings for the game against the Pats on Saturday night will be sky-, no, dare I say it, heaven-high. If by some miracle (and that's what it will take) the Broncos make the Super Bowl, it'll be the most watched game of all time. NBC must be praying that happens.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      It's made for exciting football, but definitely not great 'news' stories. This article being a perfect example

      January 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. VisionQuest

    Yes, its a prophecy! Get over it, lol. How about an article about the thousands of people around the world who died of starvation, and then say God is responsible for a great football game, lol.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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