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Tebowmania has been extended a week

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Tim Tebow pulled the trigger.

On the first and only play from scrimmage in the shortest overtime in NFL history, Tebow saw Demaryius Thomas streaking over the middle and hit him in stride for a stunning 80-yard touchdown and 29-23 overtime victory.

Cornerback Ike Taylor had Thomas one-on-one on the play and allowed Thomas to take the middle of the field. Tebow hit him perfectly in stride.  Thomas showed off his strength with a stiff arm and his speed to take it the distance.

It was a perfect play call by the Broncos. As pointed out by Chris Brown here, they motioned a wide receiver to block before the snap. That is a heavy run tendency for the Broncos, so the Steelers rotated a safety down into the box to stop the run like they did most of the game. Nine Steelers were in the box.

That left Thomas against Taylor. Thomas won, like he did most of the game. The second-year player finished with 204 yards on only four catches. Tebow threw for 316 yards on only 10 completions.

Taylor looked a little old on that play, like the Steelers defense did for much of the day. Defensive linemen Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton couldn’t finish the game. LaMarr Woodley was limited and effective.

This was a night for youth. A night for Tebow to show that he could hit vertical throws into small windows; for Denver’s defense to come up with the big sack of Ben Roethlisberger with the Steelers threatening to win in regulation; for Thomas to show that he’s one of the league’s most promising young receivers.

Tebow Time has been extended a week. Now he and Thomas get to face the man that drafted them next week in New England, with a trip to the AFC Conference Championship on the line.

If someone was writing this stuff into a Tim Tebow movie, they would have been fired by now because it all sounds too unbelievable.

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  1. ohiogti2011 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:41 PM

    At the beginning of the game the kickoff bounced off the cross bar and then landed exactly in the center of the field and on the 20 yard line. Then after watching Tebow, I’m now going to start going to church. I believe :)

  2. 7ransponder says: Jan 8, 2012 8:41 PM

    The NFL gets their story line and we don’t have to see the Steelers at all again the rest of the postseason. Win-win.

  3. duanethomas says: Jan 8, 2012 8:41 PM

    I’ve been saying this all week and all my comments go thumbs down the most. Well now what? Tebow is the MAN and will change the game. Now who would you take Flynn or Tebow.

    Tebow thumbs up

    Flynn thumbs down.

    Eat crow!!!

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 8, 2012 8:41 PM

    Tebow: 366 total yards, 3 TDs, No turnovers, and a win against the #1 ranked defense.

    Any questions?

  5. selldannysell says: Jan 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    The NFL’s playoff overtime rules are stupid! While I’m not a Steelers fan, if the purpose of changing the rules for the post-season was to guarantee that BOTH teams got the ball, what difference does it make if the receiving team scores a touchdown (game over) versus a field goal (other team gets a chance to tie it)? That’s silly to me.

  6. addictedtojane says: Jan 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    Eerie flashback to Brett Favre beating the BRONCOS in OT in 2007 on the first play. No shame in losing to Tebow, STEELERS. No shame.

  7. sparty0n says: Jan 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    Take that Merril Hoge!

  8. marionbarber24isgod says: Jan 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    Tim Tebow actually looked like a quarterback. He threw some tight spirals.

  9. huskersrock1 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    I am no Tebow fan, but after that horrible call the final score is just.

  10. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 8, 2012 8:43 PM

    Who’s glad to be done with Steeler fans for 8 months?

  11. 8man says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Dear Denver:

    I mistakenly picked the Stoolers to beat the Broncos in Denver. I was convinced that their vaunted defense and toothless minions would be too much for the Broncos to over come. I was wr….I was wron…..I was wrong.

    Somehow, when it mattered, and despite adversity Tebow and the Broncos won this game. Tim Tebow stepped up and led this team. At no point during this game did he look concerned or rattled. I salute the Broncos and their fans for a yeomen effort. And whatever happens next week I am sure the Broncos will play with dignity, pride and comport themselves well in every capacity.

    Well done!

  12. joeymichaelsstudios says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Could you imagine if Tebow goes, or much less wins the SB? How bizarre.

  13. turk2875 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    This game alone makes up for how painfully uncompetitive the other 3 wild-card games were. Unbelievable football game, this is what the playoffs are about.

  14. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Another week of hearing about this guy. They’re probably building a church in Denver in his honor right now…

  15. Matt-NC says: Jan 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Stairway to seven is closed for renovation.

  16. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Skip Bayless is the happiest man in America.

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Maybe you’re right, but wasn’t the shortest overtime in NFL history the one where a kickoff was returned? maybe not, but from memory(years ago) thought a cheif returned the opening kickoff for a TD and the win???

  18. dannyduberstein7 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Tebow threw for 316 yards. Tebow 3:16

  19. shian11 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Big Ben gets sacked while attempting a hail Mary and tim tebow throws a 80 yard game winner to finish with 316 yds (John 316) did we really expect anything else!

  20. joerevs300 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    It does sound like a youth movement is in order for the Steeler defense, having watched Thomas just burn us all over the field today.

    The one play, outside of the obvious, that really killed us was the botched snap at the end of the half where we could have got it within 20-9. Now that TD at the end would have given us a 3 point lead, not just tied the football game.

    This loss stings as much as any of the New England losses last decade. I think the only worst Steelers playoff loss before this one was in 1994, I think we were 13 point favorites against the San Diego Chargers who came into Three Rivers and upset us.

    This one now becomes #2.

  21. matiberio says: Jan 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Pats fan who is glad the Broncos beat the Steelers, and not because I think they will be a pushover…

  22. forevercorr says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    Love that the explanation of the new overtime rules took longer than overtime itself. Very exciting for the world of football.

  23. willardj says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    The problem with Tebowmania is that it is way too bi-polar. Commentators on ESPN were comparing him to Tom Brady at one point. Then when he started to lose again, they began to question whether he should be in the NFL at all.

    The fact is that Tebow is not a great quarterback. But he definitely doesn’t suck. He can run, throw a good deep ball, and he can make plays in the clutch. He’s a solid NFL qb.

  24. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    It’s quiet in Steeler nation !

  25. gforce90 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    Ike Taylor, “shut down” corner got beaten like a drum all day and stiff-armed into the off season! In addition, big hair did his usual suck in just like week 1 vs. Baltimore. Ha!

  26. ironhawk says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    I don’t know what to do if you’re Elway. All season he played like a fan who won a contest to be a QB for a season, but then in the playoffs he played very well.

  27. KIR says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    Too many recent weird things happened. Coach burned in a coma, QB injured handicapped, Center out, RB out, Safety out, and all three DL men injured out during the game. Just too much.

    Early on Ben couldn’t throw deep nor accurately. He was better later but still couldn’t throw deep, however, the Steelers greatly missed Rashard Mendenhall to control the game in the first half. He was not easily replaceable. Their safety was also greatly missed.

  28. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 8, 2012 8:47 PM

    Thank you Tim Tebow! you are the man! I’m a believer. Maybe next year Pitts.

  29. jacksonjames4 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    ‘they’ say every good QB has a couple really bad games a season. the opposite can be said about Teboo today. but lets not forget that they just about played a steelers 2nd string d and a QB with a nearly broken foot.

  30. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    New England must have seen this coming as they just hired Josh McDaniels to begin work this week.

    While I had no dog in this fight, it was nice to see the Broncos win after Harrison most likely ended Eric Decker’s career with a dirty play. Memo to Logan Mankins-do the league a favor and work out a plan to set him up on a play and chop his knees and end HIS career.

    By the way–nice move by Tomlin playing Rothelisberger last week in a meaningless game. He looked awful today and most of the sacks he took were obviously the result of his non-mobility.

  31. 2difshoe says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    Tebow does not rest, on the 7th day !

  32. patriotinvasion says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    WOW! Hey, gotta give Tebow credit. Patriots will get a chance to squash Tebowmania once again. Anything can happen, but you have to think this is the best matchup for the Patriots….a team that is limited in the passing game who we just game planned for and beat 4 weeks ago. We’ll see.

  33. mqcarpenter says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Tebow played well. Steelers didn’t. That was the whole story. He hit some key throws and limited his mistakes. The defense really stepped up too and took advantage of a limping Pitt offense. They did a good job.

  34. rmm9090 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Not another week of Teblowsmania? Dizammit!

  35. mrplow3 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Say whatever you want about Tebow. This is kid is so darn fun to watch I almost can’t take it.

  36. eknirb says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    The guy finds a way.
    Time to believe.

    Do they have a chance to win in NE?
    The odds say no.

    But odds and TT don’t quite go together, do they.

  37. duanethomas says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Also Dick LeBeau should retire, along with Ike “toast” Taylor…lol.
    Hines Ward was running like he had a dump in his pants. Tebow made them all look silly. Tebow new name is Touchdown Jesus!

  38. sasquatchery says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Watching Tebow check to see if the camera was there during victory “prayer time” made me physically ill.

  39. broncotis3000 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Shocking the world…one game at a time!!!!

  40. mpoles says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    On a “day for youth”, does anyone else agree with me that Dick LeBeau coached a very, very poor game?

    If you keep the same mismatched cornerback on the same hot receiver all game in single coverage with no safety help, even the worst starting QB in the league is going to complete long passes.

    And once again, Polamalu showed that while he’s a great safety around the line of scrimmage, he is a liability as a deep safety in coverage.

  41. mannyicey says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Denver- Your Franchise Quarterback next year is a guy named Tim Tebow.

  42. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Skip Bayless is going to be out of control this week. OMG !

  43. apooster says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    10-21 for 316. Stats are terrible, but the man wins!

    TEBOWNED!

  44. joerevs300 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:52 PM

    20 other teams would have loved to be losers like the Steelers were today. We showed heart coming back to tie that game instead of letting it turn into a 45-10 laugher.

    It’s sad to see Taylor play at a Pro Bowl level all year and have that poor a game. Now you can see most of his numbers are because he knows he’s got Ryan Clark and Polamalu behind him and when he doesn’t, he’s just an average CB.

  45. americankris says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    First there was John 3:16
    Then there was Austin 3:16
    Now there is Tebow 3:16

    Ike Taylor was not swaggin , He got the Terrace Newman treament

    If you hate Tim Tebow do not tune in to ESPN First Take tomorrow Skip Bayless will be unbearable

  46. krimou80 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    While Tim tebow is not a great Qb, he may be classified as a clutch QB who delivers that knock out punch. Clutch QB + great Defense= Championships.

  47. maddenwizkid says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    Tebow played amazing
    Thomas looks like a first round pick( shot out to McDaniels )
    Bailey was clutch
    Foxxy was great
    McCoy was great-OC
    Even Elway had to love Touchdown today

    Seriously how money is Tim Tebow?
    If it’s close…. It’s OVER!

  48. 6ball says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    .

    It’s hard to kill Josh McDaniels for his 1st round drafting of Tebow and Thomas now. Thomas was especially effective.

    .

  49. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    The Steelers secondary and its coaches were absolutely terrible. I do not care if Tebow is about a 50% completion QB most of the time you don’t leave DBs out by themselves without a safety after they’ve been burned all day. I think it’s time to instil some limits on Polamalu’s freedom to go where he pleases, he was dreadful.

    Congrats to Tebow, whether he can continue this who knows but this week he won and sent the Steelers packing.

  50. tdelwalk1970 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:54 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Cowherd’s excuses! TEBOW!!

  51. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    Steelers got TebOWNED!

  52. oscojoe says: Jan 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    So hows that draft by Josh McDaniels that Brought both Tebow & Demarius Thomas in the first round working out Bronco Fan’s?

    Maybe those media types (Like Pro Football Talk) will scale back their critisizm’s about Tebow & MacDanials.

    Congratulations Bronco’s Fan’s!

  53. xofootballer says: Jan 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    LOVED your tweet about Quinn going to play third downs. Hee hee!

  54. aljack88 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    willardj says:
    Jan 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    The fact is that Tebow is not a great quarterback. But he definitely doesn’t suck. He can run, throw a good deep ball, and he can make plays in the clutch. He’s a solid NFL qb
    ———————————————————-
    and to add, the guy is a true competitor with a lot of heart. I’m not a Broncos’ fan – never will be – or a Tebow fan but it is refreshing to see someone working so hard, under so much scrutiny, doing so well.

  55. duneroad says: Jan 8, 2012 9:00 PM

    New Englands pickup of McDaniels will help them because of his familiarity with Tebow and Broncos

  56. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 8, 2012 9:01 PM

    What a heartbreaking loss for the Steelers, who can spend the off-season working on their excuses.

  57. rj88888 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:02 PM

    Tebowmania is eternal

  58. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 8, 2012 9:02 PM

    Tebow to Thomas for the win. Somewhere Josh McDaniels must be smiling.

  59. drakost says: Jan 8, 2012 9:03 PM

    I… I… I can’t stand it. I want to hate Tebow sooooo bad. I can’t stand religion. 100’s of thousands have died in the name of a fictitious god. Yet for some reason I feel the desire to.. root for the SOB. Damn if he makes it to the SB I might have to actually go to church… Probably not.

  60. roamingabriel says: Jan 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    What no one is talking about is the great job John Fox did.

    He’s a coach who has taken a team to a SB before so he doesn’t make the stupid errors guys like Smith Lewis and Swartz make…

    Good hire by Denver!!!

  61. jrfrom508 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:08 PM

    For tonight, good for Tebow

    For next week against my Pats, the clock strikes midnight for Cinderella

  62. cleverbob says: Jan 8, 2012 9:16 PM

    Where were all the fair weather Tebow fans when he needed them the past 3 weeks?

  63. ravensfreak00 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:17 PM

    I will not be watching First Take this week. Skip Bayless will be more unbearable than usual. But, congratulations to the Broncos on a great win.

  64. tinbender2000 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:20 PM

    4 weeks ago I got slammed for saying I saw shades of Steve Young ll in Tebow. At the beginning of the year I got slammed for saying Cam Newton was going to be special. It vindicates my 50 years of watching football, maybe I was paying attention at times.:)
    Next up is Terrell Pryor. These guys all have the size and skill set. Just because the colleges they went to did not prepare them for the NFL doesn’t mean they are un-coachable.

    BTW… It was ball, and it was juice. Whatever that means L.O.L.

  65. patriotinvasion says: Jan 8, 2012 9:21 PM

    @selldannysell — Because going 80 yards for a TD “earns a win”. Getting 2 passes and a PI call to get in FG range isn’t a good enough way to win the game. 99% of people love the rule and wish it existed in the regular season too.

  66. jh500 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    Tebow, with less weapons, has more playoff wins than Matt Ryan (0-3)

    Tebow>Matt Ryan

  67. dolphins4 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:27 PM

    Well Steeler fans who make up excuses about the injuries your team will have all year to heal up.

  68. jpersy4bc32 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:33 PM

    Great game! Loved the energy of the Broncos. Didn’t let a fumble get them down. Just kept believing and playing to win. Defense was great. I loved this game!! Hope Mr. Decker is okay.

  69. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 8, 2012 9:33 PM

    Note to Jerry Jones:
    See how the game is played and won? It’s done by leaving it up to the players and coaches on the field. Dummy.

    Congrats to the Broncos. Way to keep this thing going!

  70. rgthree4dc says: Jan 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    I have a feeling Bayless has a creepy permanent grin like Bob the Extenze guy after seeing this win.

  71. simplesimon1 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    Great job again Tebow….And once again, thank you for showing your maturity after the game talking about the little girl you were meeting with that has had over 70 operations….I have a tough time understanding how such a good person gets so much brutal hatred thrown his way.

    Also, how about Georgia Tech WR’s in this years playoffs….LOL….Calvin Johnson, 214 yards and 2 TD’s and Thomas, 204 yards with a TD…wow!!!

  72. drakost says: Jan 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    roamingabriel says: Jan 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    What no one is talking about is the great job John Fox did.

    He’s a coach who has taken a team to a SB before so he doesn’t make the stupid errors guys like Smith Lewis and Swartz make…

    Good hire by Denver!!!

    You are 100% correct. It is unfortunate that he has been overlooked. Many coaches would have deemed it my way or the highway. Fox adjusted for what he had and is quite obviously making it work. Don’t take anything from Tebow, he has done a great job, however Fox is a big reason why the broncos are not one and done.

  73. cliffordc05 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:40 PM

    This game was similar to the first Philadelphia-Dallas game earlier this year when the Eagles blew out the Cowboys. The Dallas defensive scheme pulled the safeties out and left the middle of the field open most of the night and the Eagles exploited it. Different game different schemes but by scheme the Pittsburgh safeties were taking themselves out of the play by scheme because they were selling out to the run much of the game.

    One pretty bad defensive coordinator (Ryan) and one pretty damn good one (Lebeau) but the results were the same. Great offensive game plan by the Broncos.

  74. slowclyde86 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:40 PM

    Whoever is posting Bayless promos and trolling for viewers please stop. No one cares about his putrid show and personality. This is a thread about a great effort in a great game. Go away.

  75. dougydougdoug says: Jan 8, 2012 9:43 PM

    Funny. Even these Tebow “faithfuls” are as fair-weathered as any average football viewer. So little banter in the past few weeks, with the garbage play by Tebow and the Broncos. Now everyone pipes back up after a single win over a bad, old Steelers team.

    Will you be this vocal in a week, when your guy gets shown the door in Massachusetts?

  76. dienavinjohnson says: Jan 8, 2012 9:51 PM

    I’m glad that Denver won that game, and it’s not just because I’m a Patriots fan. (We always beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs.) It’s because the Broncos got royally jobbed on that “incomplete pass” call. That was definitely a lateral. The ball travelled a full yard backwards. How do refs consistently miss these calls? Isn’t that all that the line judge has to do after the snap? And then they compounded the error by blowing the whistle immediately thus killing the replay review.

    So, congratulations Denver. Good luck next week…you’ll need it.

  77. Deb says: Jan 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    Congratulations to the Broncos on a game beautifully planned and beautifully executed. Tebow played the game of his life. His coaches couldn’t have asked anything more of him. I was concerned all week about Denver’s defense and Tebow’s ability to improvise and run us in circles–particularly if our offense wasn’t productive. But I never expected him to put on such a well-managed aerial attack. Nicely done.

    After a hideous start, my Steelers were able to come back and give us a good season. Thanks!! Can’t wait to see you guys healthy and ready to go next year!

  78. dienavinjohnson says: Jan 8, 2012 10:01 PM

    Now on to my next rant…wtf is up with Phil Simms absolutely refusing to abandon his pre-determined narrative? It was obvious that Ben Roethlisburger was not hampered by his injury. He moved well in the pocket, scrambled several times (and better than half the other QBs in the league do when fully healthy), and had plenty on his throws. He reminds me of the kid playing sick to stay home from school who forgets to act it when he thinks nobody is looking. Big Ben only limped after the play was over. It’s such a weakstick cop-out. If he loses it’s because he was injured. If he wins he’s courageous.

    And Troy Paulomanu was absolutely more of a hinderence than a help today. Inevitably he was out of position on almost every big play that Denver had. He’s always lauded when he gambles and has a big hit. But the announcers, I mean you Simms, never point out that it was his responsibility to help the CB on the big catch but he was flying in for run support or peaking into the backfield hoping for the show stopping INT. Again, it just isn’t part of the “Ben is courageous and Troy is a crazy, hard hitting Samoan” narrative.

    Thank Tebow I’ll be at Gillette next week and not have to put up with that albino moron and his predetermined play call!

  79. briang123 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:02 PM

    Funny how Roethlisberger’s ankle was only hurt at certain times. Playing up the injury is a win-win for him. He’s a selfless warrior if the Steelerswin, and if they lose well they would have won if he wasn’t injured.

    By the way, there is no way the Ptriots will lose to the Broncos next week, just like last year when there was no way they would lose to the Jets a month after waxing them 45-3′ and like there was no way they would lose to the Ravens and Flacco two years ago.

  80. drewbo22 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    Tebow is so easy to stop:

    1. Blitz him on his left side…he cannot throw moving to his right.

    2. Double team the receiver to his left…again he cannot throw right. 90 % of his throws are to his left

    3.Game over..

  81. rodgers419 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    The Steelers’ secondary was an embarrassment. They made Tebow look like he belonged in the NFL. I can only imagine what they would of given up had they not faced a bottom 3 quarterback.

    Good news Denver – You won a playoff game.

    Bad news Denver – You’re stuck with your high school quarterback for good. You can’t get rid of him now without riots breaking out across downtown Denver. Elway’s going to cry himself to sleep tonight.

  82. mymorningstory says: Jan 8, 2012 10:12 PM

    Now, I was watching this game and very concerned that if Denver Lost this post would have read something like Tebowmania is over.

    And then all the commenters would have written how horrible Tebow played.

    Fact is, the Refs looked like they were trying to give Pittsburgh the game & denver still seemed to find a way, or well… Tebow seemed to find a way.

    My point is, so many of you have been ready to throw Tebow out of the league since day one, when you would proudly give Blaine Gabbart or another young QB an entire season..

    The hate needs to stop for this man and you need to get over it..

    The fact is, this game just solidified him being in the NFL for a very long time.

  83. ed7496 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:14 PM

    First congratulations to the Broncos. The team that no one thought could win, did just that, they WON!! John Fox and his coaching staff did a great job in planning for this game. And the Broncos did a great job in the execution. Granted Tebow was only 10-21, but he threw for 316 yards and 2 TD’s, ran for another 50 yards and 1 TD. His play may not be the prettiest, but somehow he gets it done. Today he was ON. He did a great job of shaking off the first quarter, which was hideous, and kept plugging away. I really had doubts that Denver could win. Considering they were awful the last 3 games this season. Last week’s 6 for 20 debacle gave me serious doubts about Tebow’s ability. He isn’t the “prototypical” QB, but he does have talent. He’s young and inexperienced, and as time goes on he hopefully will improve. To all the haters that were bashing him yesterday on the T.Suggs article, where are you now? Let the kid believe what ever he wants. Has his beliefs caused anyone harm? I doubt it. Let him play football and if your going to judge the kid do it for his play, not his beliefs. I don’t hate on someone because they think or believe something different than I do, that’s their right. As I said in regards to his play, he’s inconsistent, but the kid does have some skills. Will the Broncos beat the Patriots, I doubt it, but I wont bet against them. Look what the Broncos did to the number one defense in the league. The Pats are close to the cellar. But Brady is Brady, so the Broncos defense better be prepared for an aerial onslaught next week. Pittsburgh, you has a great season, don’t use the “injury” issue as an excuse. The Packers had 16 players on IR last season and, well look what they did. I’m sure you remember that.

  84. dhnguyen66 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:49 PM

    While everyone else will be debating the merits of bringing Tebow back next year as the starter, I’ll be marveling over something else:

    That Demaryius Thomas is one hell of an athlete.

  85. charger383 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:50 PM

    All the Tebowmania was worth it because I won’t have to listen to Steeler noise this week

  86. drewsylvania says: Jan 8, 2012 10:52 PM

    “Tebowmania Extended”

    More like restarted, since it ended sometime during the three straight losses.

  87. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 8, 2012 11:01 PM

    @dienavinjohnson

    I agree. Gruden (justifiably) gets ripped for the way he gushes about players, but Simms (who i loved as a player despite being an Eagles fan) gushes just as much.

  88. packerfanfordecades says: Jan 8, 2012 11:02 PM

    I was in the Broncos’ corner today and I’m rooting for them for the next couple of weeks. One reason I wanted to keep the Steelers away from Indianapolis is because Pittsburgh doesn’t have cheerful, up-beat looking uniforms.

    If God decides to stay involved with this, Green Bay and Denver will be going to the SuperBowl in several weeks. I think that would be more fun to get ready for than a game against any of the other 3 remaining AFC teams.

    Here in Wisconsin, it’s widely known that Green Bay is “God’s Team.” It’s not yet entirely clear if another team like that is emerging out in the Mountain Time Zone, or not.

    .

  89. howiehandles says: Jan 8, 2012 11:08 PM

    This was by far his best performance. However, let a good deal of credit go to both the Bronco’s offensive coordinator and HC for coming up with a really solid gameplan, but also the Steelers, for not adapting.

    I’m still not sold on him long term, (some horrible passes, and where was the safety help? playing the run that’s where) but he did play very well today.

  90. tedmurph says: Jan 8, 2012 11:10 PM

    On the money dienavinjohnson, see ya @ the
    Razor

  91. 69finfan says: Jan 8, 2012 11:21 PM

    So now the outcome of a simple football game and one QB in particular and the ensuing posts regarding such is being turned into Religion, Spirituality, Death, ficticious Gods, Hatred, Church and whatevever else can be thought up. Unbelievable.

  92. saintsfan1111 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:22 PM

    He’s a scrub that doesn’t belong in this league. I will hold my nose and cheer for the patsies.

  93. tk1966 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:28 PM

    Oh, so the Tebow fans are back after a three week hiatus, huh? Hmmmm….

  94. tinbender2000 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:29 PM

    @ed7496 You sir are spot on.

    And Mr. Tebow commenting that this little girl with over 70 surgeries is so much more important than football gives me hope for America, and the human race.

  95. blitzburgh43 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:34 PM

    simplesimon1 says:Jan 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    Great job again Tebow….And once again, thank you for showing your maturity after the game talking about the little girl you were meeting with that has had over 70 operations….I have a tough time understanding how such a good person gets so much brutal hatred thrown his way.
    ………

    Because he talks about …constantly.

    The classy thing to do is go see the girl with all the operations and not broadcast it. Just do it,

    That’s what real Christians do.

    Lots of players do it…..yes they do it Pittsburgh. Ben, Troy, Hampton, Harrison, most all of them do it. They just don’t trumpet it every time there’s a mic in their faces.

  96. comeonnowguys says: Jan 8, 2012 11:35 PM

    Tebow: 366 total yards, 3 TDs, No turnovers, and a win against the #1 ranked defense.

    Any questions?

    Just one: If any other quarterback finished 10/21 with 2 TD’s, would you be thumping your chest over them?

  97. vikesandravens78 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:44 PM

    Regardless of how the Broncos’ season ends, this was one of those games that will go down in NFL lore.

  98. udub says: Jan 8, 2012 11:49 PM

    drewbo22 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    Tebow is so easy to stop:

    1. Blitz him on his left side…he cannot throw moving to his right.

    2. Double team the receiver to his left…again he cannot throw right. 90 % of his throws are to his left

    3.Game over..

    —————————————————

    If it was so easy to stop him don’t you think someone like Dick LeBeau, who has spent countless years in the NFL instead of on a stupid message board figured out how to before you did?

  99. mgflolox says: Jan 8, 2012 11:58 PM

    This time it wasn’t something flukey or a crazy bit of good luck on the Broncos part. Tim Tebow and the rest of the Broncs just simply outplayed the Steelers.

  100. moondog7 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:02 AM

    Tebow 316. He may not have the accuracy of brees or the experience of Brady or the offensive scheme like Rodgers, but his heart and will are not topped by anyone. A great coaching job today by fox & co. They finally opened it up and had the steelers guessing all day. A lot of blown calls today but the broncos never waivered. I don’t know what will happen next week but you know tebow and his boys will give everything they have. I can’t wait to watch.

  101. bleed4philly says: Jan 9, 2012 12:10 AM

    Nice to see Tebow bail out his team after all their mistakes and refs mistakes too, when it mattered most. All he does is play ball. Go Tebow!

  102. nfl4life77 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:13 AM

    So the question is, was the Chiefs that good allowing 3 points to the Tebows last week, or was the steelers that bad 29?

  103. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 9, 2012 12:41 AM

    Hats off to the Steelers on yet another season of playing great football and the Broncos for advancing in the playoffs.

    We will welcome Tebow and the Broncos to New England next week and our Pats hopefully will give them their A game. Let the best team win.

  104. bleed4philly says: Jan 9, 2012 12:50 AM

    Tim Tebow > Matt Ryan

  105. grannyvi4 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:23 AM

    Memo to Ravens’ Terrell Suggs who said they “don’t need God on our sideline”. Did you see tonight’s game in Denver? Ball is kicked off to begin the game, hits the crossbar and lands dead center on the 20. Tebow throws for 316 yds (John 3:16); Steelers’ rb coach gets horribly burned in a house fire just days before the game.

    You may not need God on your sideline, but I wouldn’t pi$$ Him off, either.

  106. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:27 AM

    dienavinjohnson says:

    That was definitely a lateral. The ball travelled a full yard backwards. How do refs consistently miss these calls? Isn’t that all that the line judge has to do after the snap? And then they compounded the error by blowing the whistle immediately thus killing the replay review.

    ___________________

    What’s really confusing me is that they rewrote the rules a year or two ago so that inadvertent whistles wouldn’t negate fumble recoveries. (If replay shows it was a fumble and there was a clear recovery by a team, it’s not supposed to matter if a whistle was blown because the ref on the field thought the play was over.) Since laterals recovered by the defense are fumbles, I have no clue why Denver couldn’t have successfully challenged that play.

    And it sure doesn’t help when the announcers are totally clueless about the rules of the game. Note that the crew covering the Saints-Lions didn’t pick up on the refs’ errors on that fumble and when Nantz started to question the lateral play in the Denver game, Simms gave him a lecture on how the whistle always dooms a play being reviewed, which simply isn’t the case any more.

  107. offkiltereagle says: Jan 9, 2012 1:36 AM

    I am dreaming of a Tebow vs the Saints superbowl matchup…can you say HOLY WAR!!

  108. raiders4life says: Jan 9, 2012 1:36 AM

    Did anyone find it odd that the officials for today’s game for Den vs. Pitt are named “Matthew, Mark, Luke & John”?  Tebows favorite verse is John 3:16, how many yards did he throw for today? That’s right!

  109. packhawk04 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:39 AM

    Great game by tebow, hes a good kid. The only thing I dont like is his sheeple. I wish theyd shutup.

  110. berbes says: Jan 9, 2012 1:49 AM

    jesus should NOT be allowed to participate in nfl games.

  111. patsfiend says: Jan 9, 2012 2:08 AM

    No more Steelers fans or talk. A solid week’s worth of over the top “good vs. evil” commentary featuring Tebow and the hooded one. Huge build up to the game on Saturday, and then the Pats cruise into the AFC title game against Baltimore.

    Thank you Tim Tebow. Halelujiah!

  112. CKL says: Jan 9, 2012 2:30 AM

    fatfreddystubbs says:
    Jan 8, 2012 11:01 PM
    @dienavinjohnson

    I agree. Gruden (justifiably) gets ripped for the way he gushes about players, but Simms (who i loved as a player despite being an Eagles fan) gushes just as much.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    You think that’s bad? You obviously didn’t see Michael Irvin on NFL Network riding a mini hobby horse with a “Tebow” sign on it and singing. Truly bizarre.

  113. lgwelsh1 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:19 AM

    Tim Tebow from a business perspective is ANY professional sports franchise owners dream.

    This kid sells out games, sell merchandise, says and does all the right things while promoting the franchise.

    He is already well on his way to becoming the new face of the NFL, if he can become an elite QB and win a Super Bowl….

    This kids face will be plastered on billboards from here to China, he will be on every TV set in the free world.

  114. waynefontes says: Jan 9, 2012 4:00 AM

    drewbo22 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:08 PM
    Tebow is so easy to stop:

    1. Blitz him on his left side…he cannot throw moving to his right.

    2. Double team the receiver to his left…again he cannot throw right. 90 % of his throws are to his left

    3.Game over..

    ————————————————–

    I know, it’s so easy…. I’m amazed that you’re watching the NFL on TV and posting your thoughts on a football blog since you have it all figured out.

    Are you going to take the Rams or the Dolphins job?

    Since you’re obviously way smarter than almost all of the defensive coordinators in the NFL.

    Or are you content to sit in that armchair?

  115. jdesan says: Jan 9, 2012 5:06 AM

    Hey Queerlers fans.. you just got Teebowed !!

    Man that was sweet. And Big Ben blew the game for you getting sacked 3 times at the end of Reg play… result: “no field goal for you” ( Soup Nazi accent)

    And where was Polamalu on the winning TD? Oh yeah, playing undisciplined again and doing his own thing. Ryan Clark wouldn’t have made any difference either. Even the Refs couldn’t save you. (the fumbled lateral that they say the whistle blew)

    Now all of us can enjoy the rest of the playoffs without those Toothless Northern Hillbilly fans of the Piggsburg Stealers.

  116. johnnythek1 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:32 AM

    Ten hours later and my mouth is still open in shock. What a game! It’s what makes the NFL the greatest game on the planet.

    I’ve been a Tebow fan, but I’ve also been a Tebow doubter… but after last night, though he admittedly needs more development, if Elway takes him under his wing, we might be seeing a future hall of famer.

  117. mmcdan133 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:39 AM

    Tamarick Vanover ran a kickoff back on the opening play of overtime on monday night football. That was the shortest overtime in history.

    That said, what a game, what a play.

  118. langner91 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:05 AM

    “Tebow threw for 316 yards on only 10 completions.”

    316? Like 3:16? That’s quite a coincidence.

    Just sayin’!

  119. askabutcher says: Jan 9, 2012 6:09 AM

    316 passing yards…..heh heh

  120. latchbeam says: Jan 9, 2012 7:23 AM

    Tebow threw for “316” yards… 3:16.

  121. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 9, 2012 7:33 AM

    Where ate those front runner steeler fans? I’m an eagles fan and I know my team shot themselves in the foot in the early part of the season. But I’m a real fan no matter what happens. Funny how the east coast has so many steeler and cowboy fans. Where you at now mr. My dad liked the team so I do now, lol fake a$$ fans. Steelers got tebowed!

  122. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 9, 2012 7:38 AM

    Real eagles fan here with no excuses. My team stunk and lost one too many games. To all the east coast fake cowboys and steelers fans; Lol my daddy liked the team do I do lol. Steelers got tebowed!

  123. vipod4ever says: Jan 9, 2012 7:40 AM

    I don’t care if that was Brady, Rodgers, or Brees…impressive performance by that Denver QB. Tebow reminds of my favorite QB, Ken Sabler. He’s $$$ when the game os on the line….this coming from a Raider fan.

  124. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 9, 2012 7:43 AM

    Some excuses being made from Steeler land. The game was played, you were handled and beaten. That simple.

  125. bucforever says: Jan 9, 2012 8:21 AM

    Thank God the Broncos won again.

  126. dcfan4life says: Jan 9, 2012 9:06 AM

    Funny how some think the Steelers got old in one game. This was the number 1 defense in the NFL this season was it not. They lost because of a few key injuries, no Ryan Clark, Kessel, Hampton, Pauncey, Woodley misses some time. They also were victimized by a few timely throws (Tebow only complete 10 passes mind you). Hard to overcame that and it showed, had nothing to do with age.

  127. packerbadger says: Jan 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    I’m torn. I’m glad I don’t have to listen to the Refereelers fans anymore, but I am soooo sick of Tebow and his in your face thumping. I’m no Pats fan, but just beat the damn Bronco’s so we can put Tebow and his thumpermania to rest.

  128. electstat says: Jan 9, 2012 10:22 AM

    Another week of Tebowmania equates to another week of “professional bloggers” trying to make up stories for reads.

  129. ice90 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:49 AM

    simplesimon1 says:Jan 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    Great job again Tebow….And once again, thank you for showing your maturity after the game talking about the little girl you were meeting with that has had over 70 operations….I have a tough time understanding how such a good person gets so much brutal hatred thrown his way.
    ———————————————————
    Ask Mark Sanchez. He says all the right things, works hard, is a good teammate, and gets blasted worse than Tebow.

  130. 4ever19 says: Jan 9, 2012 10:49 AM

    Shortest OT game? What about the 1980 Thanksgiving game? Bears-Lions? Bears’ Davey Williams returns the kickoff to open OT and end OT. Show some sense of history, boys.

  131. stopthehate15bowdown says: Jan 9, 2012 3:12 PM

    I bet that Tebow could win five super-bowls and some weak-minded jerk-off would come on here and say he’s the worst nfl qb because he throws wobbly passes and has poor completion rates. Some people just love to hate no matter what. But to all the other jokers that come on here and hate Tebow because of his religion or the hype (which is not his fault) and talk about how he’s only winning because of the kicker and his defense and can’t beat elite teams with great defenses: Suck on it!! Tebow-maina is here to stay! Tebow vs Critics: Game, Set Match-Tebow. He could lose by 50 next week and start 0-6 next year and he will still be the starter for the foreseeable future. You don’t pull off stuff like that and not become an instant legend. Let’s go through the checklist of critics answered yesterday:
    1. Can’t make big plays in the passing game – WRONG!
    2 Can’t pass from the pocket – WRONG!
    3. Won’t win against a top defense- WRONG!
    4. Won’t be able to go toe-to-toe against elite qbs- WRONG!
    5. Can only win low-scoring games that his defense keeps him in – WRONG!
    And my personal favorite;
    6. He’s a fullback playing quarter back – WRONG!

  132. wiley16350 says: Jan 9, 2012 4:41 PM

    In 2002 the Buffalo Bills lost to the New York Jets on the opening kickoff of OT. I believe that would qualify as the shortest OT in NFL history before this one which involved a kickoff and a play from scrimmage.

  133. finsphan says: Jan 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    What is amazing to me is the “analysts” say there is no way the broncos win this game even with all of the steelers injuries, but when they do win, oh its because the steelers were banged up, they didn’t have this or couldn’t do that, no….they just lost, ya’ll were wrong, man up

  134. kcnavn says: Jan 9, 2012 9:11 PM

    Lord, you have answered Tebows prayers many, many, any times….please keep me healthy because hearing how good the Broncos are makes me sick! Amen…

  135. ferklempt says: Jan 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Please oh please stop talking about how great Tebow did. Don’t you guys realize that he only plays well after he’s given negative criticism? He needs that to psyche himself. Talk about how Brady Quinn got some practice snaps (haha). That did it! He is a player so when he gets real support, he deflates. Tim, you suck. Now prove that you don’t. I’ll be watching (and rooting you on – you didn’t hear that)

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