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. banasy©


    January 9, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ricky Bobby

    And this is why I hate Tim Tebow. It's a shame – because he otherwise seems to be an ok guy. Shake and Bake!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Trade Tim Tebow

    DThomas 204 yds John 20:4 Both were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Elijah

    Oh LORD, please bless my beloved Patriots in the weeks to come. Lead them not to defeat under the hooves of thy Broncos, and LORD, please protect Tom Brady from another crushing of the rib cage by the edge rush of Elvis Dumervil. Amen. (There! Now I've levelled the playing field!)

    January 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    This whole thread is hilariously absurd!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. open400

    Tebow plays football on Sunday(the Sabbatch) for money. He is no different than the rest of us:

    Deuteronomy 5:4-21

    But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Saturday is actually the seventh day.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • William

      Suday is not the (the Sabbatch), it is the first day of the week, Saturday is the Sabbath day. Jesus Christ Loves people, football is a great way to get the attention of the heart of the american public who refuse to serve or honor the God that Tim Tebow serves. At the end of the day football is just a game, but where will you spend eternity is the main concern of God. What people call Tebowing is simply the fulfillment of Romans 14:11, for it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Have you become a believer yet? I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God! John 3:16.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Onegood1

    The reason people did more planning for Y2k was that many computer databases and programs only had 2 digits for the year; so when 1999 ('99) became 2000 ('00), some data would be destroyed because of confusion as to which century the data item belonged (does '01 mean 1901 or 2001?). In most other cases there is false importance placed on random numerical coinkydinkies, 2012-not-with-standing.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Thought Tebow was a new workout

      Exactly, some people were sure it was the end of the world when it was just man made problem with numbers. Just like the Mayan calendar... man made.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. brian

    The conservative right bible-thumpers are rejoicing in this hog wash. The kid's a talented athlete (maybe a better running back than qb in the NFL setting), but no more in touch with "God" than I am. The concept that any deity would be interested in the outcome of a football game is ludicrous. The ignorant flames that he ignites amongst the holier than thou crowd will soon be extinguished.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. ????

    December 25th was not the birth of Jesus. Try to get a little truth in this mess.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. mouse

    Okay......so when he gets beat next week by the real god "Brady" how many yards will he throw – 666

    January 9, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. mouse

    I agree Ricky Bobby....I would like the guy except all this god nonesense which I of course think he brings on himself. If his praise was so sincere he would have dropped to his knees after the TD not wait until the camera's "find" him and point their lens at him to drop and give glory.........geez. A man who has practiced and played a sport his whole life is good, and I only mean good, at it? Wonderous

    January 9, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lisa

    With God there are no coincidences................Yeah Tim

    January 9, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. donz0

    There is a God.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • nooneknows

      At the same time that this all-knowing, all-powerful god allegedly helps Tebow in a football game, thousands of children are suffering horrible deaths around the world.

      Wow, such a loving god. No thanks.

      January 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Emanuel


      And the majority of the people in the world who are helping the poor, the needy, the hungry are Christians and not atheists!

      January 9, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Antony


      Given the statistic that the ratio of christians to atheists is 9:1 in this country, your statement is false and deliberately misleading. By your logic, every atheist would have to do 9 times the works to break even. I submit to you that, per capita, atheists do just as many charitable works as do bible-thumpers.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Z

      If all powerful then he should make you take some of your wealth (having a computer makes you more wealthy than more than 80% of the worlds people) and Make you help then get fed. Oh wait, He lets you make your own decisions and the consequences fall on many poor. I can imagine the outcry if God really did control every aspect (and decision ) that people made, but then their could be no outcry. ?

      January 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mightyfudge

    God favoing one person over another is the most arrogant and dangerous line of thinking in human history.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. mouse

    Yep Lisa.....thats easy to say after the fact which is all you christian's have....after the fact....why didn't one of you with a connection to your god predict he'd throw 316 yards before the game started? Then it might mean a little bit.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
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