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. TriB

    But, what if Jesus was sending him a message about Revelations 3:16? What if he and Tim Tebow are not be on the same page...of the Bible, that is.

    January 9, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kool Aid

    316? 316!?!?!?! Come on!!!! Give me a break! So, if the number had been 666 (which, I admit, would be most impressive for single-game passing yards), would they think he is the devil? I seriously TIRE of this noise...this is FOOTBALL, not church. We turn the the turf on Sundays to get AWAY from religion and politics!

    PLEASE stop treating this man as if he were the messiah!!! He's a deluisional brat from a swamp!

    January 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. R

    I can't believe this is a real article. God, I hate stupid people

    January 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mick

    What happens if the other team prays just as hard?

    January 9, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Jesus will part the clouds above and peek his face through and declare the game a theistic draw.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. 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 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "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."

      Yes of course, gazillionaire grown men beating the snot out of each other, while scantily clad bimbos bounce along the sidelines, in between alcohol and viagra commercials, on SUNDAY, is Gods way of getting our attention.

      You jesustards are hilarious.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas

    Oh, stop....

    January 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. C. Rutkowski

    Not only is there that 3:16 coincidence, but of the 316 yards Tebow threw, 204 of them were to Thomas, and if you go to 2:04 in the esoteric Gospel of Thomas, it reads: "He shall have victory!"

    January 9, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      ( 15 x 44 ) + ( 1 + 5 ) = 666

      Tebow is satan.

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

      I prayed to Jesus about this. He said, "Whoops! I was trying to send Tebow a message about REVELATIONS 3:16, not JOHN 3:16. Sorry about the mix-up! I'll try to be more specific next time!"

      January 9, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Kool Aid

      @derp-thank you! See, you morons, we can play with numbers just like you....and get just as many strange results out of them. Get real people!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Mark


    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kool Aid

    The collective IQ of this page continues to drop...rapidly. Do you bozos REALLY think that God gives a hoot about a football game? If he does, then we really are in serious trouble. Think about it–we occupy a point in history in which global catastrophe is but a heartbeat away, and the supreme being is busy watching football? You people need to wake up and smell what you are shoveling

    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Frodo Baggins

      I'm sure our Lord does not have a Tebow shirt on watching the game, but it is funny how there are so many talking about him, God that is, because of what Tebow has done. Lot of people looking up John 3:16 on google. If just one person is saved that is worth it...God Bless all and God bless Tim to keep his ministry!!! Gotta love it 🙂

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

      "but it is funny how there are so many talking about him, God that is, because of what Tebow has done. Lot of people looking up John 3:16 on google"

      What is even funnier is the number of people collectively laughing at all of you jesustards who think god fixes football games.

      If just one person is saved FROM IT that is worth it.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. mouse

    Some of you are just too funny.........so what will you say – I want to know up front – after next weeks game, huh??? IS your god guaranteeing a win for Tebow?? Come on now, let me know what is going to happen next week before it happens, I can tell you what happens after the fact too!!! Does that make me one of the many fairy gods out there?

    January 9, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. silliness

    Can god give me the scores for this upcoming weekend?

    January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. mouse

    No silliness.....he's giving them to me, I'm the favored one........hehehe

    January 9, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gravity7

    Reblogged this on Gravity7.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lou

      Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th... Its disturbing people get jobs like this and just make up facts. Christmas is an american holiday...

      January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul Z

      Uhh, celebration of Christmas predates America (USA) by just a little bit.
      "By the early-to-mid 4th century, Western Christianity had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East."
      From Wikipedia.
      Kind of hard for it to be American 1300 years before America existed!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. croman

    Why are people so criticle of a man who stands for nothing but good? Just because he is not afraid to standup for what be believes in. This man reaches out to little children who are stricken with disease to try and comfort them in there pain and sorrow. He praises his teammates, coaches, fans and God for all of his success. He has never done anything wrong like hitting on some young girl in a bar or trained dogs to fight. I guess thats just it, he has done nothing but right and some people just cant stand it that he is who he is. If only our young people would try and immulate someone like him what a better world this could be.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      exactly! couldn't have said it better!

      January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Would you say the same if he were a Muslim, laid out his prary rug faced Mecca and prayed all the time, post Koran verses under his eyes, etc? Would you feel the same or is it ok only if he's pushing your particular delusion/cult?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Blake Myers

      Amen! You are totally right! They can't stand it because they feel guilty themselves. If only they had done something with Make a Wish foundation, like he did. If only they had helped the little kids, If only...., If only.... The problem is that they want the attention that Tim gets, but where Tim gives, the critics want the attention for themselves. How sad.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" Matthew 5:11-12.

      To answer your question, there are several reason for people to hate this man. But when I look at this Bible verse above, I think that if you live according to the way that God has called you to live according to the Bible, you will have people come against you. They just don't like it. And if you have people against you, then you must be doing something right in God's eyes, and you will be blessed.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      So you would fully support another player if after every game he broke out a red suit and hat and offered up prayers to Saint Nicholas because he believed that Santa Claus was real and we should all act according to Santa's teachings?

      January 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. mouse

    Wow...croman....do you read the bible...why would you want our kids emmulating a failable human???? I thought your fairy tale asks you not to rely on man but instead to put your faith and trust in god himself? Perhaps that is why people are critical....cuz it's all silly nonesense!!

    January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • croman

      Most kids have some type of role model and what I was trying to say is what a role model this man is.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Most kids have some type of role model and what I was trying to say is what a role model this man is."

      Because he is an average football player and flaunts his religion?

      You don't even know the guy. For all you know he could be a total dick.

      January 9, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
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