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. Mmmmk

    Really CNN? How is this an article?

    Christ, Tebow is way less annoying that all the sycophants that follow him around. Tim Tebow is like some sort of Golden Calf for the sheep in this country.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      How is this an article? I kept saying the same thing about the whole Occupy Wall Street movement and that coverage. At least Tebow has done something both on and off the field compared to those OWS loons who have yet to do anything meaningful in their lives other than crap on a police car, start riots and trash property.

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

      Rachel – I'm sure if some of the OWS protesters were physically endowed and had some innate ability or penchant for football or some other highly paying sport, they would be doing that, but unfortunately for most people, they don't have that. Whether or not do you believe these 'loons' have any merit in their cause, the implications that arise from the protests have far reaching consequences and ties to the real world than football.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. TriB

    What if when ACCURATELY measured, the EXACT passing yardage turned out to be 315.666 yards? Or, 316.0666 yards? Would that mean Jesus was sending a mixed message? I hope people latching onto this, which is BTW occult, know the officials round up and down on the final yardage? I won't believe it until someone measures it down to the last micro inch. If people want to use numerology, they should at least be 100% accurate and stop fudging even the tiniest amount to suit their cause.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. joesmith

    the starving children in the USA, and around the world, are asking each of us to man up, and do something, whether Jew, or gentile, Greek, or a non believer; where there is need, we are called to serve..and it's pretty simple..

    January 9, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Sorry starving children, jesus is too busy making sure Tim T gets a win. He does not have time to help you not die a miserable death. Buy hey, look on he bright side, Tebow threw for 316 yards.

      jesustards make me laugh.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Antony

    Don't ya just love how bible-thumpers have their own version of Numerology?

    Here's one: Tebow wears number 15, the average IQ of people who believe this crap!

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

      Here's another: add 1+5 together, and you get 6...meaning absolutely nothing either...LMAO!

      January 9, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      IIf you multiply 15 x 44, then an 1 + 5 you get..............................666!

      Who knew, Tebow is the antichrist in disguise.

      You jesustards have been fooled.

      Remember, satan works in mysterious ways too.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pastor K

    It's good to see that God takes time out of his day to help the Denver Tebows defeat the vile Steelers.

    It's not like those kids won't be starving tomorrow anyway.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bert

    December 25th was not the birth data of Jesus Christ. Traditionally it was the Roman celebration of Saturnalia at the close of the winter solstice. Roman Emperor Constantine chose the date to celebrate Christ's birth in an attempt to bring together the Gauls and the Christians at a time of religious feuding. Chronological research suggests Christ's birth was more likely around October 1st.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    It's called a coincidence. HERP DERP

    January 9, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Rachel:
    Really? Comparing football to the OWS movement?
    That's a leap, even for an anti-OWSer...

    I suppose I could argue with you, but why bother?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carla

    No matter all the negativity...GOD IS GREAT in all things...even simple Sunday football.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • John K

      So it's great that God lets children starve and be abused?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "even simple Sunday football"

      I guess keeping the sabbath day holy is no longer in fashion?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Tell that to the 6 million Jews (his chosen people) he let get killed.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. cary lacayo

    We were the thorns on His crown, we were the nails in his hands and He loved us anyway. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Tim Tebow knows were he will spend eternity...Do you?????

    January 9, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • John K

      Yes. Cleveland.

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

      Yes, I do.
      Thanks for asking.

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

      "Tim Tebow knows were he will spend eternity."

      In a wood box six feet below the surface of the earth.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. BobNAlabama

    How quaint.

    January 9, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    LOL. Religion always brings out the best in people?

    January 9, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Scottish Mama: Word.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    @John K:

    Cleveland? That made me spit coffee. Thanks!

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

      LOL, sorry! Hope it didn't make too big a mess!

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

      Nah. That's why God made paper towels, lol.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. bradley

    Once again, it's NOT about a deity sitting around in his robe and sandles watching the NFL. It's about the people who BELIEVE in that deity, and the strength it gives them. Can you people, (yes, you people), the ones who use phrases like jesustards (?) ever learn the difference? Or do you think you are the first and therefore the funniest ones to crack that joke? Really, spend a little time getting past the surface of your 'perception'

    January 9, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Would you find it so inspiring and heartwarming if a player gestured thanks to Buddha in the end zone after a touch down? Would you rush to his defense?

      January 9, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • cw

      ... or Allah? Also, God does not care about a football game.

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

      @cw maybe God doesn't care about a football game, but He cares about the faith of a player who is bravely displaying his love of Christ. It's not about whether the Broncos win or lose, it's about the character of Tebow.

      I'm a Christian and yes, if there was a Muslim player or a Buddhist player who chose to show his faith on the field, I would respect that. Just because I don't share their beliefs, doesn't mean I have to tear them down or disrespect them and all the people who believe as they do.

      If it was a Muslim player or a Buddhist player, would you be so quick to tear them down?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "If it was a Muslim player or a Buddhist player, would you be so quick to tear them down?"

      There already are muslim players. They are just not comfortable flaunting their faith because of the islamaphobic nature of this country that has been perpetuated by the vocal majority of the self righteous American jesustards for centuries.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Z

      Small wonder " They are just not comfortable flaunting their faith because of the islamaphobic nature of this country that has been perpetuated by the vocal majority of the self righteous American jesustards for centuries." Or maybe it could be the vitriolic nature of the comments directed at Christians here that makes them wary.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Not All Docs Play Golf

    So many prayers went unanswered yesterday afternoon, from the starving, the ill, the needy, all because God was tied up watchiing the Broncos and guiding Tim Tebow's play calls. Yes, God obviously favors our "Murkin Excepshunalism" touted so loudly during the GOP primary debates.

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

      "God bless America, and nobody else"

      January 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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