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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  1. wayne317

    I'm an atheist, I had money on the broncos to cover +9. $$$ Considering the injuries to the Steelers, this win should be not that big of a suprise.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. AltReg01

    Tebow passes for much less yards, hes just getting credit for other peoples work (yards after the catch) Sound familiar?? I think not.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Kurt

      Not getting credit for anything others before him have not. Get over it. Like him or not he helped win a game nothing more nothing less.

      January 9, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Glades2

    That should make a few people think the next time they talk about Tebow's faith (shame on CBS Sports for ridiculing Tebow immediately after the game), because as the saying goes, there are no concidences in the life of a Christian. As the Bible states, those who turn to God will not be disappointed, because God will always let a person know, in one way or another, that he is pleased with their trust in Him, even though as in my case and with others that faith isn't always as strong as it could be...

    January 9, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • greg

      true words here,nicely said

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

      So all of the christians around the world who are staving to death, being systematically rap ed, and dying in disease infested poverty are somehow less worthy of gods good grace than a bumpkin hillbilly football tosser?

      Yeah, that makes lots of sense.

      Jesustards make me laugh.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. John K

    Wow! This can only mean one thing! That God indeed is more concerned with football than helping starving children or stopping war!

    January 9, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. rikers

    A very good game.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Holy Cow

    guess this makes all you Christianity bashers a bunch of doooochebags...can't wait to see an upset against the Pats...perhaps the total offensive yards will be 666 LOL

    January 9, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yeah, because god cares more about a redneck football chucker than he does about starving children.

      Jesustards make me laugh.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. msacks

    Final score 29-23

    Proverbs 29:23 = " A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit."

    January 9, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Multiverse

    The Earth and birth of a child are MIRACLES. Tim Tebow is no different than other athletes who express their faith. I wonder though, other athletes that have expressed their faith openly in past Hershal Walker, Reggie White,etc.., appear not to have been embraced by certain elements of the evangelical community. Can anyone figure what the difference is?

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

      They don't suck?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Godless

      Tebow is white?

      January 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jesus Cristo

    If there was a GOD which there is no proof only faith... Why the hell he would worry about a stupid game of football and not the millions hungry in Africa, latin america, asia? Christians are a JOKKKE... good game though the guy play good...

    January 9, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. JA Leary

    An athlete who believes in mythology is not proof of anything, even when he has a great game. Religion is mind poison and it relieves the believer of rational thought. Personally I find it disturbing that Tebow is influencing young minds away from reason and the demand for evidence. Faith is a euphemism for, “I don’t know the answers but it makes me feel better to say that I do.”

    January 9, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus Loves You

      JA Leary, proof is in the creation. But if you would like undeniable scientific proof of God's existence, please read
      'I don't have enough faith to be an atheist' by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek. You are quick to say there is no proof of God's existence, but have you examined all the evidence? To say there is no God you must first provide the evidence for that claim, in which there is none. God bless you! I pray you open your heart and mind to discovering God in your life, and except his free gift of Salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ.

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

    Christian Talibans.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Lantz sir

    Please save us from the whites on the view. Please please please.

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

    Hahahahaha Bill Maher you dooosh bag.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Don't worry, Maher will get the last laugh. Tebow is not good enough to ever win a superbowl. So when he chokes, and he will, Maher will get to make fun of him and all of you other jesustards.

      Really, you believe in an all powerful superbeing, who spends his Sundays watching football?

      Are you retar ded?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Derp, not only does God watch football but also everything else! Isn't that exciting! You would fell better about things if you read His word. I will pray for you, because it seems like very soon you will not be laughing. God bless!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Consensus

      "Fell better"? No, thanks.

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

      Concensus, Thanks for correcting my typo! I hope you feel better!

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

      "You would fell better about things if you read His word."

      I was raised christian. I've read your silly book. It did not make me "fell" any better. I made me laugh a good bit though.

      "I will pray for you, because it seems like very soon you will not be laughing."

      Really, when will that be? Exactly when will I not be laughing? Give me a specific date, or shut the f&*k up.

      You jesustards seem to have all of the "absolute truths" except that when pinned down you can't ever actually answer a question. All I ever hear is "It's part of gods plan" or, "we cannot understand why god does what he does" or "you just have to believe".

      Seems like you jesustarsd really don't have shi t for an answer. Nice fairy tale though.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Derp, you can't make me shut up. You can't make the rest of us shut up. You can't really do anything right now, but you can change. Think about what you can do for the greater good. What can you do for the straving people? Oh... and you will not be laughing when you die and it starts getting warm. I don't know when that will be. God bless you!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. John K

    Did you know that Tebow was the first quarterback at any level anywhere to throw 316 yards in a game?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JustinG

      I have a feeling you are being sarcastic but that statement is obviously not true. Jake Locker threw for 316 yds in November vs atl.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • John K

      Yes, completely sarcastic. It's comical that people see meaning in a completely meaningless, random coincidence.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Thor of the Thunder

      Jay Cutler of the Broncos threw 3-1-6 yards in 2008 and LOST the AFC West playoff game.. LOLOL. Landry Jones threw 316, just google "quarterback and yards and 316"

      In addition, it says in Levitimiticus 6:66 that only "a team that playeth a better score shall win the game".
      Also of note: Wotan, the loving god of the Vikings, was pretty much on vacation all the way through fall. His home team Vikings did not gaineth any scores of note.
      Amen, Holy Cow, hare khrishna.

      January 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. He doesn't care

    News Flash, Tebow: God doesn't care about football.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      And how do you know he doesn't care about football? Did he tell you? LOL

      January 9, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "And how do you know he doesn't care about football? Did he tell you? LOL"

      So you believe that your all powerful, omnipresent, controller of all things, magical sky wizard actually gives a shi t about football (which ironically is played on the sabbath day) ?

      Jesustards make me laugh.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      God "cares" as a matter of course and can use football or anything else in a way "He doesn't care" couldn't possibly understand.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      No, but He does care about his children!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • John K

      Hopefully he cared enough about the starving children, the ones in warzones, the ones being abused and beaten to give them cable so they could watch Tebow win.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      John K, He cares about all of them. I know you don't understand, but you can. Read His word.

      ...and this is not about Tebow winning a football game, this is about God using Tebow to get people to think about what is truely important, which it seems to be doing in many cases! (not neccessarily yours but there is still time)

      January 9, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • John K

      That's nice. He cares. They keep starving and getting abused, but he cares. Do you eat caring for breakfast, how do you like it cooked?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "...and this is not about Tebow winning a football game, this is about God using Tebow to get people to think about what is truely important, which it seems to be doing in many cases!"

      Actually, from all that I am reading here, Tebow's BS flaunting of his religion, is making more people make fun of jesustards, than it is making people believe in the myth. So, it would appear that Tebow is actually doing the sheep a disservice.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Do you eat caring for breakfast, how do you like it cooked?"

      I like mine with a side of bacon, eggs and toast.

      Come to think of it, just hold the caring and give me the food.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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