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. C mossberb

    CNN wont post if you write about a certain politician china censorship here – its called S O P A

    January 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Boy

    like who Mr Paul? hmmm see if they let this through. RON PAUL 2012

    January 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antony

      Boy, you RP freaks are just as bad as the jesus freaks. Go away!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. derp

    For all of you people currently kneeling in front of Tebow, have any of you ever met him.

    How do you know he's not a dick?

    January 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • moonischasinme

      I've met him. I was hoping he was a dick. Sadly, he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Maybe you are a dick?

      January 10, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. JiminTX

    Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

    January 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JiminTX

    Matthew 6- “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."

    Yep, Tebow's going to hell.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fretlessbass

      I don't think his motives are to be seen. As a Christian you are supposed to witness, and I think that's what he's doing. Anyway, I'm not a Christian, but I think it is endearing to see someone have faith in something. It seems to give him a lot of strength and that's something I know I could use.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. SportsFan1

    Is this what CNN calls news. You should be ashamed of yourself that you look for the smallest things to connect to a person .God damn fanatics. thats what you are. All of you corporations with your biased news, wasting the time of people. the worst part is that people read this.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marymc

    Why all the hatred from some of you? If you don't believe, just ignore it. You don't have to be so mean spirited just because someone shares a very important part of their life. Some players choose to jump up and down and Tebow chooses to kneel.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shunny

      Thank you so much for speaking out! I agree with you 100% and if more people were like Tebow the world would be a lot better than it is now!! I appreciate for what he stands for and that he is not ashamed.!!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. skeptic

    Umm, the birth of jesus was not Dec. 25th. No one knows for sure when his birthday is, but most religious scholars point to sometime in April or May. Dec 25th was the date of the pagans winter festivals. When the christian missionaries wanted to convert them they adopted there festival and said it was the date of Jesus too, to make it seem more palatable to convert them.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funker

      Whatever. BTW, it's "their," not "there."

      January 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Antony

    The following post, by RD from another CNN thread on the subject, sums up the backlash against Tebow:

    "Religion is like a penis. It's nice to have one. Its nice to be proud of it. But please don't whip it out in a public and start waving it around. And please don't try and shove it down my throat."

    Nails it!

    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karson

    I think CNN should reconsider their comment, "It's surely all coincidence..." Who is CNN to say that our Creator can't have dominion over a football game? The creator of somethng is not bound by the natural laws that we are bounded by. esus lives. He came to die on the cross for our sins, and only by asking Him to be our Savior can we be saved.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanya

      Karson you have lost your mind. With all the tragedies going on in the world such as senseless wars, people dying of hunger, and natural disasters and you think God would choose to intervene in a football game instead of feeding the hungry or helping the abused? Have you read the bible? I don't recall any passages about the time Jesus walked on water, turned water into wine, healed the sick, and then intervened in a sporting event to make sure his friend won.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Tanya, you are expecting jesustard to think logically. Think about it, how can you expect logic from someone who earnestly believes in magic apples, talking snakes, immaculate conceptions and reincarnations.

      Logic does not apply to the jesustard psyche.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ru_Fan

    PLEASE READ THIS if you think that the 316 yards of passing in the Broncos game was a "miracle" as it points us to the scripture verse John 3:16.
    The Broncos start the season at 1-4 when Tim Tebow becomes the quarterback and they win the next 7 out of 8. 5 of those games are come from behind wins and 3 are in overtime. I watched most of them and believe me some of them were painful to watch and humerus at the same time how they even won. So the Broncos loose their next 3 games, including the last game of the season to the lowly Chiefs by a score of 7 to 3; a game which the Broncos need to win to make it to the playoffs. The Broncos make it to the playoffs because the Raiders also loose their last game. So now you have the 8-8 Broncos against the 12-4 Steelers who played in the Superbowl last year. The rest, as they say, is history! The game against the Steelers speaks for itself.
    In Tim Tebow's book, he speaks of how his mother was advised to abort the pregnancy as she might not survive his birth. Tim was told all his life that he wasn't "built" to be a quarterback and the coaches wanted him to switch positions. It goes on and on... Now these are miracles. Praise God!

    January 10, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. littleguyintheeye

    if you're interested I found some interesting connections which further display the message John 3:16 during the game {http://littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/shadows-of-messiah-tim-tebow-316-yards/}

    January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. azx

    tim tebow probably kneels and praises his god on the field, because he really actually has that close relationship with god. he just cant hide it, and needs to do it right then and there. i dont think he does it to be seen, because a devout christian would know about humility, so no, i dont hate him for it. should we look up to him? doesnt matter, if you want to respect him for his faith, then go ahead. but to look up to him because hes a christian, or because he praises god on the field... that is not right, or because you think hes fighting political correctness... that is wrong. because hes not doing that. hes loving his god.
    trust me, im actually smart.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • O.L.

      I agree with you. He can't denied his relationship with God.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "trust me, im actually smart."

      What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

      January 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mss413

      "He can't denied his relationship..."

      You're correct, he can't denied it at all.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane /Indiana

      As the Founder of a Charity around the World & Author on Coincidences, this I see all the time, no surprise. Tim Tebow has his <3 set on God, how many other ball players do ? " A coincidence is God's way of communicating to us ."~~~~~~~The Angel Mission~~~~~~

      January 11, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. frannie

    Not everyone will be saved, even satan himself will bow down and confess that Jesus is Lord,at judgment. You can find a comparsion of what will happen on judgment day by reading about Jesus's crucifixion where the scoffers and mockers of Jesus bowed down to him. They weren't saved were sent to hell so ... although every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord, it will be too late at that time for the lost to be saved.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      And if you are really good he will leave presents under the tree.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. frannie

    Not everyone will be saved,even satan himself will bow down and confess that Jesus is Lord,at judgment. You can find a comparsion of what will happen on judgment day by reading about Jesus's crucifixion where the scoffers and mockers of Jesus bowed down to him. They weren't saved were sent to hell so although every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord it will be too late at that time for the lost to be saved.
    I think its wonderful that Tebow is not afraid nor ashamed to show his cristianity!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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