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Broncos make history with first win under new postseason overtime rules

Demaryius Thomas,  Ryan Mundy AP

In the first regular-season overtime game in NFL history, the Steelers and Broncos battled to a 35-35 tie at Mile High Stadium, way back in 1974.  (I can actually remember watching that game.)

In the first postseason overtime game under new rules that modify the sudden-death dynamic, the same two teams squared off, also in Denver.

This one took a lot less time to resolve.

On the first play from scrimmage in the extra session, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow found receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard catch and run, delivering a six-point, 29-23 instant win for the Broncos.

The play capped a remarkably wild wild-card game, including the Steelers cutting a 14-point halftime deficit in half after a bad call on an incomplete pass that was a lateral and erasing a subsequent 10-point gap to force overtime.

Despite the exciting outcome, it’s hard not to think the Steelers should have gotten a chance to match the Denver touchdown.  Though the modified rules make even more sense in Denver, where the ball flies a lot farther, which makes it even easier to get into position for a one-possession game-winning field goal, the fact remains that this game was resolved by a coin toss.

Yes, the Steelers failed to stop the Broncos.  But what if the Broncos had been unable to stop the Steelers?  With the season riding on the outcome of the game, the Steelers should have at least gotten a chance to match the score.

And so while the NFL has removed a significant portion of the inequity of true sudden-death overtime, today’s game shows that the NFL should go even farther, and that no team that has battled to a tie through 60 minutes of playoff football should have the season end without ever actually possession the ball.

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  1. ohiogti2011 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:46 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 go to church. I believe :)

  2. redguy12588 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    Steelers fan here, I feel bad for Ike Taylor, but good for the Broncos.

  3. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Tebow mania will be over next week !

  4. somesome says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Is Josh McDaniels going to believe in his first game as the Pats OC against Tebow …

  5. tatum064 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    I mean, Is there any doubt?

    Did Tebow really throw for 3:16??? As in John 3:16?

    I mean, FOR REAL. Unbelievable!

  6. dannyduberstein7 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    maybe instead of changing the rules again Ike Taylor could just make a tackle

  7. Henry says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Steelers will need a loooooooong time to get over this one!

  8. savagenation2011 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    True believers have faith even in the darkest hour

  9. raiderspride says: Jan 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    I like the rules just the way they are. I think you will too when you see teams go for 6 to win it outright and not give the other team a crack at the ball.

  10. ktfulmer says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Between the lateral call and the missed face mask, Pittsburgh didn’t deserve to be in overtime, so I don’t have much sympathy that they let Tebow beat them with his arm.

  11. richieab says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    forgot about that ball stopping on the twenty after kickoff weird.

  12. frenchy121212 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Dead on but since Tebow won, nobody will agree. New rules did nothing. I know ” stop em” people are coming but don’t care. Each team should touch ball. Any other way is dumb.

  13. champguy81 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Bob Costas said lastnight on NBC what I’ve been advocating for more than a decade:

    OT should be 10 minutes long, and not sudden death.

    It’s an easy fix, NFL. Go for it.

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 8, 2012 8:52 PM

    This is, by far, the best option for overtime.

    Why should the Steelers get a shot at a grinding drive when they can’t stop ONE PLAY?

    It is so much better than the awful sudden death 40-yards-than-a-field-goal system.

    Love the system. Love the outcome. Not a fan of either team.

  15. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 8, 2012 8:52 PM

    Rule still needs to be changed. Both teams should get a crack at the ball, whether one team kicks a field goal or a TD.

    A 50/50 coinflip still gives 1 team a huge advantage to put away the game before the other team has a chance at the ball. Why is one team “given” a possesion off a coinflip, and the other team has to “earn” their possesion by coming up with a defensive stop??

    Either way, Bronco’s outplayed the Steelers… it was a great game. But still think the rule needs to be changed. Why not just go to a 10 minute OT like Costas recommended??

  16. forevercorr says: Jan 8, 2012 8:52 PM

    What a load of crap. The argument could go on and on until the team that lost had a chance to win. This was a great game and should be left at that.

  17. promin1 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    Looks like the Pats get another bye next week.

  18. phillyb6 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:54 PM

    They should play college overtime rules, except from the 40.

  19. ohiogti2011 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:54 PM

    I actually disagree with this post entirely and it must have been written by a Steelers fan. The new playoff rules force a team to try and go 80 yards for the TD instead of 30+ and kick a field goal. The fact the Denver went for it all says a lot about them trying to win the game instead of kicking a 68 yard field goal after going 20 yards

  20. der6495 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:55 PM

    I’m a fan of the new rules. If your team’s defense gives up a TD in overtime on the first possession, you deserve to lose.

    With all the player safety talk, there’s no way they would go to a college style where it could go on forever.

  21. roamingabriel says: Jan 8, 2012 8:55 PM

    Disagree. I think the finish was fine. The Broncos drove the length of the field to score a touchdown. It just only took one play!

  22. oggreengold says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    if ike taylor is still on the steelers tomorrow i will be flabbergasted

  23. vikingsrdue says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    Tim Tebow has more playoff wins then Matt Ryan, whos a bust again?

  24. cancelsundayticket says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    First of congrats to the Broncos…outplayed and out coached my beloved Steelers… No excuses about injuries or the like… Fact of the matter is, the Steelers continued the trend of playing like crap on the road.

    PS. If the Steelers open up the coffers and give Ike Taylor big money, they are crazy. Not only is he questionable in coverage many times, the man can’t tackle.

  25. FinFan68 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:56 PM

    IIRC, this is the exact format this site was advocating after the saints/vikings championship game. Now you are saying it is not enough? Many of us saw this coming. The only thing the NFL has taken away is a game winning FG on the initial drive. A last second field goal is considered glorious in the 4th qtr of a SB (see: Vinatieri, Adam) but isn’t cool enough in an overtime game unless it is reg season. Give both teams the chance in OT (unless defense scores) and then sudden death. It’s not a hard concept to understand. If a rule is good enough for the playoffs it should be good enough for the regular season.

  26. Henry says: Jan 8, 2012 8:57 PM

    This new OT rule is definitely a compromise of sorts but I like it much better than before. If it needs tweaking, I’m sure they’ll change it in a year or two.

  27. hitnbombs28 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:57 PM

    So how does the new OT rule work? This entire season every time it was talked about I was under the impression that both teams will get a shot to score. A little help please

  28. tobiasjodter says: Jan 8, 2012 8:57 PM

    I prefer that all OT games be “sudden death” period. First team to score wins. Do not like the new playoff OT rules. If you don’t like it, out score the other team in regulation time.

    It would have been anti-climactic if Thomas’ TD did not end the game.

  29. eray27 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    With that lousy missed lateral call, this game should not even have gone to overtime. I think justice was served.

  30. rmc1995 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    The Steelers had a chance to win in regulation with the last possession and the Broncos stopped them. So spare the what if garbage. Maybe if Polamalu didn’t tank it on the only play in OT they could have held them to a FG.

  31. realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Jan 8, 2012 9:01 PM

    Good luck Denver, but now you have to play against the refs who protect teams like NE, GB, and NO. Too bad the NFL wasn’t corrupted, otherwise I’d enjoy it.

  32. wordpressnamesstink says: Jan 8, 2012 9:01 PM

    Your argument assumes that defense has minimal bearing on a game, “why should a team be accountable for their defense’s lack of success?”

    Let’s say they institute your rule- if Pittsburgh scores and Denver scores on the next drive would that not be fair since Denver and Pittsburgh only had two? The team winning the toss still has an advantage.

    As someone involved in TV Costas should know that a walk-off TD is infinitely more entertaining and exciting than a 10 minute OT.

  33. wegonnadoitbaby says: Jan 8, 2012 9:03 PM

    I understand your point Mike but I disagree, and I would disagree if Pittsburgh scored a touchdown. If you can’t stop the other team from scoring a touchdown, you lose. The game was not determined by a coin toss anymore than the game was determined by lateral pass call on the field that went against Denver.

    The game last 60 minutes. Both teams have a chance to win. Bad calls happen. Good fortune happens. It’s all in the game, and you have sixty minutes to overcome all of it, and take advantage of opportunities.

    Pitt lost because they had a ridiculous defensive call on the final play, and Tebow took advantage, and the receiver made a great run after catch.

    I am not a Tebow fan, but the guy had a career day. Give it up to him without a but or a because or an asterisk. The guy got it done.

  34. hoodiehollywood says: Jan 8, 2012 9:03 PM

    I’m so sick of hearing about how “the rules aren’t fair” blah blah blah. The Steelers should have scored more points, or stopped the broncos every once in a while if they wanted to win. Sudden death was fine, and dare I say it, exciting.

  35. themoonshadow says: Jan 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    Resolved by a coin toss???
    The Steelers had 60+ minutes to win the game.
    80 yard touchdown passes tend to win games – regardless of what quarter they come in.

  36. 7thlombardiontheway says: Jan 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    I’m outraged! Why didn’t we get a touch?! I thought each team had a possession under the playoff rules.

  37. ytsejamer1 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:06 PM

    I like the new OT rule…it makes sense and forces teams to have to go for the TD and not a “cheap” field goal. I think it accomplishes what it was intended to.

    And if you want to prevent a team from winning on a TD without giving the other team a chance, said team shouldn’t give up a TD.

    Ike Taylor did have a game to forget…oh well. I didn’t want any part of that team – hurt or otherwise.

  38. macker1283 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:06 PM

    How funny is it that the “NFL’s first non-sudden death OT game” ends in sudden death. Its amazing that the league has a whole committee that forms these rules and they still can’t get it right. “You can’t challenge an obvious backwards lateral”…in the end zone you have to catch a ball and possess it all the way to the ground and get up with it, but a running back can fumble the ball the second he breaks the plane and its still a TD”…the stupid rule list goes on and on.

  39. ryanf61 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:07 PM

    Josh Mcdaniels is looking pretty smart right about now.

  40. roamingabriel says: Jan 8, 2012 9:08 PM

    If the NFL want the games to be fair they need to cut all the officials and bring in new, young, athletic replacements…

  41. commandercornpone says: Jan 8, 2012 9:08 PM

    football is brutal. end the game asap before harrison hits with his helmet again.

    some of those guys have a shot at playing a game next week. dont hand NE the win by handing both of these teams a mandatory extra 10-15 minutes of football.

  42. fmwarner says: Jan 8, 2012 9:09 PM

    dannyduberstein7 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    maybe instead of changing the rules again Ike Taylor could just make a tackle
    ==================================

    Thread winner. This game was not decided by a coin flip.

  43. ramofsteel says: Jan 8, 2012 9:10 PM

    I was goin for the Steelers. Good job Denver, a team I’d rather like than not.

  44. mikeyhigs says: Jan 8, 2012 9:11 PM

    I think i agree that each team should get a possession, but what happens if they each score and the team that won the toss scores on the next posession? It’s still a benefit to win the toss. Or do you always get a chance to match? Instead, maybe a free for all mad scramble for a ball dropped from above at midfield:)

  45. zenofobe says: Jan 8, 2012 9:12 PM

    Congrats, Broncos, from a Lions fan. Tonight your quarterback was that good. Seriously.

  46. maddogwhite says: Jan 8, 2012 9:12 PM

    I’m a Steelers fan, but both teams knew the rules before the game, and the Broncos won this with OT rules that were fair.

    They also deserved the home game because they won the division. The rules are set at the beginning of the season and EVERYONE knows them. The time is not to cry when things don’t happen like some feel they should. Complain before the season. Heck, we were benficiaries in 2008 when 8-8 San Diego knocked off the Colts then had to play us.

    It all evens out. Congrats to Tebow and the Broncos. I’ll be pulling for you guys next week.

  47. desertbro says: Jan 8, 2012 9:16 PM

    Best Tebow Time EVER!!! And Tebow goes into the record books! Fabulous!

  48. elvoid says: Jan 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    Newsflash for all you “both teams should get the ball in overtime whiners:

    Defense is a part of football.

    Sometimes – overtime or not – you have to make a stop in order to win.

    When you don’t make that stop, you lose.

    The OT rules as they stand are fine.

  49. bornnraisedwhodat says: Jan 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    Only Steelers fans and the media is screaming for Big Ben to “get another crack at it” in OT. There are enough rule changes already. Leave it a long. Steelers got beat str8 up and deserved to lose…just like the Broncos will lose against NE.

  50. nattypoes says: Jan 8, 2012 9:26 PM

    With everything the refs were doing to keep their team in this I was expecting a sprinkler to pop out of the ground and trip Thomas on that game winning TD.

    The refs gave it all they had today, but just came up a bit short. Get ‘em next time fellas.

  51. TheWizard says: Jan 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    Life ain’t fair.

    Each team has 60 minutes to win in regulation.

  52. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    Well, congrats to the Steelers for a fine season.

  53. jonathanfesler says: Jan 8, 2012 9:29 PM

    The old rules really sucked! But the idea of overtime is to get the game over with? The wear and tear on these guys can cause injuries etc? I think the new overtime rules are pretty good and they were explained clearly at the coin flip as if both coaching didn’t already know the rules! I hate collage rules I think I’d trade the current collage rules for those!

  54. dankil13 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:31 PM

    So if you give each team 1 possession, and they both score a TD, on the 3rd possession the team kicks a FG to win the game – wouldn’t a coin toss still determined the winner?

    Unless you go to the College format (unlikely) whoever wins the coin toss will have a distinct advantage in OT under any rule.

  55. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    Tim Tebow is the man, Thank you for eliminating the annoying steeler fans from posting for at least one night. Go Broncos. Hey Pitts at least you get a better draft pick right??????

  56. abninf says: Jan 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    If you want to know what it looks like to get Tebowed watch Rothburgers press conference. Looked like he just wanted to put a paper bag on his head and disappear.

  57. FinFan68 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    roamingabriel says:
    Jan 8, 2012 9:08 PM
    If the NFL want the games to be fair they need to cut all the officials and bring in new, young, athletic replacements…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You don’t have to be very athletic to stand still and look. The majority of the calls that people are complaining about (at least this weekend) happened right in front of an official standing still less than 5 yards away staring at the critical part of the plays in question.

  58. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 8, 2012 9:34 PM

    Congrats to the Broncos. Tebow made a play with his arm and won the game.

  59. 1phd says: Jan 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    Major blunder by the Steelers not at least TRYING the record setting field goal with 3 seconds left. They might have won and we might have seen the longest field goal in the history of the NFL. Instead we see more Tebow stories. Sigh

  60. peopletrains says: Jan 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    Not a Tebow fan, but boy, that game was fun to watch!

  61. 8man says: Jan 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    So there I am in my favorite tavern, Red Brick Station and across the courtyard I see this huge Pissburgh fan lumbering into the Twisted Kilt with his little terrible towel. Honestly, picture Barney the Dinosaur clad in Stoolers away jersey carrying a bag of urine. Anyway, the guy was alone, heh, go figure, and I resisted the overwhelming urge to run to the nearest Patient First to get the requisite anti-biotic after being exposed to the toxin that is Stooler Nation.

    Seriously, you people are like some kind of disease. It doesn’t matter the time of year or where, there’s always some glassy eyed, slack jawed, toothless sub-human dressed in coal and urine. Well, you don’t really have a baseball team, so I guess you just wear your Stoolers gear all year long. And to bed. And to work. And to weddings and funerals. And to interviews. Hmm. That might be why the jobless rate is so high up there…..

    And where is steelersownyou?

  62. peopletrains says: Jan 8, 2012 9:38 PM

    Speaking of rule changes, its about time that facemask penalties (or non-calls for that matter) are made reviewable.

  63. cowboysfan18 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:38 PM

    By the way, lebeau was out-game planned. The Broncos knew that the Steelers were going to stack the box hard and make Tebow beat them. Apparently, the OC knew this and hit the Steelers where it hurt…in the secondary.

  64. bbkld5 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    Had no problems with sudden death. If a team can’t win in regulation, they’ve got no reason to whine about not touching the ball in OT. (The sudden death format used to be the reason to win the game and avoid OT, by the way.)

  65. swinbun says: Jan 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    Tebow should give Ike Taylor a cut of his paycheck for the next few years……..For cryin out loud!! Could Taylor have had any worse of a game!! I pray that he is not in a Steelers uniform in 2012.

    For those of you gushing over Tebow, this had much more to do with Taylor playing with his head up is arse.

    Congrats to the Broncos for their win. I have no problem with the OT rules. If I had my way, I would want both teams to get a possession, but it is what it is. I doubt that last play happens if Ryan Clark had played.

    I look forward to next season for the Steelers. They have been killed by injuries the past 2 seasons and have still be one of the best teams in the league. Their luck is bound to change in terms of injuries. When it does, look out.

  66. otis45therealmvp says: Jan 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    How much will Harrison be fined for
    hitting Decker too low?

  67. cliffordc05 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:44 PM

    I have no problems with the new overtime format. You know that you can’t give up a touchdown….period. It is a true sudden death situation and the Steelers had their chances for sixty minutes. No whining permitted.

  68. selldannysell says: Jan 8, 2012 9:45 PM

    hitnbombs28 says:
    Jan 8, 2012 8:57 PM
    So how does the new OT rule work? This entire season every time it was talked about I was under the impression that both teams will get a shot to score. A little help please

    If the team that wins the toss in overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over. If it only scores a field goal, the other team gets a chance to tie or win it. While I’m not a Steelers fan, it seems silly to me that the changed the post-season OT rules for the specific purpose of guaranteeing both teams get the ball, and the first game ends without that scenario happening.

  69. TheWizard says: Jan 8, 2012 9:49 PM

    at least TRYING the record setting field goal

    I agree, it would have been low risk, and the way the ball was flying out there, a decent chance to win.

    Glad they didn’t.

  70. tatum064 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:51 PM

    realmendontletothermenleaponthem says:
    Jan 8, 2012 9:01 PM
    Good luck Denver, but now you have to play against the refs who protect teams like NE, GB, and NO. Too bad the NFL wasn’t corrupted, otherwise I’d enjoy it.

    ===========

    With Tebow, it wont matter. Pats pretty much play mistake-free, so it comes down to turnovers and defense, and once Pats get favorable matchups with Gronk and W.Welker…its going to be a long day.

  71. raiders757 says: Jan 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    This should read “Broncos make history by denying the NFL front office fixed game.” It was obvious in the second half that the NFL did all they could to help the Steelturds win. Must suck for them that the majority of the NFL’s fans are finally happy this boring team has been eliminated.

  72. jaggedmark says: Jan 8, 2012 9:58 PM

    If you give up an 80 yard reception on the first play of overtime, you deserve to lose. How ’bout that?

  73. goldsteel says: Jan 8, 2012 9:59 PM

    Denver deserved the win. What happened to the Steelers defense? Ike Taylor had the worst game of his life. The Steelers offense was erratic except for the running back Isaac Redman. Still the Steelers almost won the game at the end. The Steelers have nothing to be ashamed of. They played the best the could with the injuries they had.

    In fact, I doubt that any other playoff team could have played as well as the Steelers did in the loss including the team that just beat them.

    The list of injuries: Injured, limping quarterback, starting running back out, entire starting defensive line out, leading pass rusher could only play a couple of plays during the game due to a hamstring injury. The Steelers will be back. You can count on that!

    GO STEELERS!

  74. steelwarriors55 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:01 PM

    Oh please guys we look like Seahawks fans stop with the crying….We lost plain and simple.We are not going to use the injuries but really this was just not meant to be our year.And when you give that kind of yardage to a division 1 college QB dont expect to go very far in the playoffs.Tebow enjoy your win because next week you’re going back to what you were used to the last 4 games.

    Congrats to the Broncos for the win that they deserved now I will be rooting for the 49ers

  75. cowboysfan18 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:04 PM

    Would anyone be whining had Roethlisberger his Wallace on an 80 yd bomb? I think not

  76. briang123 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    It is so unfair the Steelers didn’t get the ball in overtime after the Broncos scored. It is so unfair the Steelers had to play backups because of injuries. It is so unfair the Steelers actually had to win the gameon the field instead of just being declared winners.

    Shut up Steelers fans.

  77. 69finfan says: Jan 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    Steelers Fans, tough loss. Gutsy performance by Big Ben with his injury. Thought he was going to pull it off at end but it wasn’t meant to be. Defense gave up too many big plays. Broncos Fans, great victory. Tebow Time lives on for another week, possibly longer. As a Dolfan I’ll be pulling for him and the Broncos next week. Go Broncos!

  78. wikidpissah says: Jan 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    realmendontletothermenleaponthem says: Jan 8, 2012 9:01 PM

    Good luck Denver, but now you have to play against the refs who protect teams like NE, GB, and NO. Too bad the NFL wasn’t corrupted, otherwise I’d enjoy it.
    ————————————————
    Please…. Seattle fans will have an opinion about who gets calls in the Super Bowl. The Steelers should have lost the ball but a backward pass was ruled incomplete and unchallengeable, a play which would have effectively ended the game. The Steelers also got away with a face on Tebow on Denver’s final drive in regulation.

  79. ocgunslinger says: Jan 8, 2012 10:13 PM

    Great game and decided by the rules….even though many calls were not correct that is part of “The Game”.

    Really happy for Tebow, a hard working young man, who has had to endure a lot of BS from a lot of people.

  80. golonger says: Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    selldannysell – aka idiot

    A td nullifies the rule, seeing that scoring a td is USUALLY more difficult than just scoring a field goal. If the Broncos had gotten a TD, yes the Steelers would have gotten a chance to equal the field goal. But, getting a TD, in concept, speaks to the fact that if you cannot stop a team from scoring a TD when the stakes are that high, you dont deserve the chance….

  81. ryanf61 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    Tebow pulled the trigger and then some.

  82. great8brewer says: Jan 8, 2012 10:53 PM

    “And so while the NFL has removed a significant portion of the inequity of true sudden-death overtime, today’s game shows that the NFL should go even farther, and that no team that has battled to a tie through 60 minutes of playoff football should have the season end without ever actually possession the ball.”

    Then a team that fights all season long to win the division should not have to play a team that came in second! I am not a fan of the wild card in any sport. If you go all year and win, then your in. If not, you watch. But its there.

  83. jdmcg57 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:58 PM

    Both teams should have at least one possession period, end of story. I was rooting for the Bronco’s and I hate the Steeler’s but there is no question that they should have had one shot to tie.

  84. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:00 PM

    Bottom line: the people complaining about both teams needing to have a possession in OT were rooting for the team that lost. You will not find ONE Broncos fan who will say “Boy, I wish the Steelers got a touch to make it fair…”

  85. scorch22 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:04 PM

    We were talking about this before Tebow even scored the touchdown in the house. We knew that as soon as a big market team like the Steelers lost by touchdown the people would start clambering for a change to that rule. Which don’t get me wrong, the NFL didn’t fix the problem, the problem is the game can end without a team playing, but nothing changes until a high profile team loses then the media cries.

  86. bengaltini says: Jan 8, 2012 11:10 PM

    For some reason I don’t think the new rules we are discussing here would have been brought up if the Bronco’s lost…just sayin

  87. jerseyfinatic says: Jan 8, 2012 11:16 PM

    Lol Tebow is tied with Romo for post-season wins. Go Figure.

  88. packmanfan says: Jan 8, 2012 11:24 PM

    I agree with Brian Ulacher.
    Tbag really is a decent running back.
    Somehow the Broncos are able to pull it off with a lousy QB.

  89. elmstreeteagle says: Jan 8, 2012 11:27 PM

    All I have to say about the Broncos/Steelers game is that Teblow had (John) 316 yards.

  90. lookatthefarside says: Jan 8, 2012 11:28 PM

    Just another sign that the Apocalypse is comin…

  91. rubicon202 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:34 PM

    My 2 cents, Tebow thing will end soon, the new OT rule is stupid, ESPN blogs suck and I can’t wait to hear Denver fans say “well at least we got this far” after NE burns that ass up! I certainly hope the ponies stay will ebow next year, please Elway pull that trigger…

  92. scorch22 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:56 PM

    Oh I am not disagreeing with the fact that the broncos would have won, I am a broncos fan, I just knew if the broncos ended up winning some idiot in the media would start complaining, where if i happened the other way and the Steelers won this article would have been talking about what a great victory the Steelers had and not mentioning that Denver deserved another possession.

  93. ncbroncofan says: Jan 9, 2012 12:15 AM

    Shows the fallacy of the new system. Heres a thought; how about each team gets at least one possession but you cannot play for a tie. Hence, Denver scores the TD but Steelers get a chance to score. If Pittsburgh scores a TD, they have to go for a two point conversion. If they make it, they win. If not, they loose.

    Or if Denver had kicked a FG, Steelers get the ball but cannot kick a FG on 4th down, but must drive for the TD for the win. If Denver stops them on 4th down, they win.

    If neither team scores with their first possession, first to score wins. Pretty simple and fair. Of course, as a Bronco fan, I couldn’t be happier that the rule is as it is!

  94. sdcoach2012 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:31 AM

    Come on Mike, do I have to suffer another 3 weeks of listening to you and Peter King cry and rail about the inequities of overtime? First and foremost, if Steelers were given another mulligan they would have had the advantage of not having to think about whether or not to go for it on 4th down. Certainly changes the play calling me thinks. Don’t think Denver had that luxory as they had the ball first. Convoluted argument I know, but bottom line is Steelers had 60 minutes to win the game. If the “dreaded” coin flip creates so much angst among you talking heads, maybe coaches should have the gumption to go for 2 when game is near the end. Either way, don’t cry because the “better” team got Tebowed!

  95. 1historian says: Jan 9, 2012 12:32 AM

    I remember that 1st O.T game in 1958.

  96. eezyxyz says: Jan 9, 2012 12:52 AM

    “…the fact remains that this game was resolved by a coin toss.”

    Interesting that something which is completely false can be described as a “fact”. 80-yard TDs are actually pretty rare, not a foregone conclusion after a team wind possession.

  97. asublimeday says: Jan 9, 2012 1:31 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a more insufferable fan base

  98. kevpft says: Jan 9, 2012 1:34 AM

    great8brewer says: Jan 8, 2012 10:53 PM

    Then a team that fights all season long to win the division should not have to play a team that came in second!

    ==========

    The team that “fought all season long” backed into the playoffs by losing 3 of its last 5, losing its final game, and only making it in because another team lost. That sorry spectacle earning you the right to play a 12-4 2nd-place team in order to legitimize yourself as a playoff team seems just fine to me.

  99. cannonballdookie says: Jan 9, 2012 1:47 AM

    After the game, Elway was seen in the nude wearing a saddle while John Fox and Tim Tebow took turns riding him around the locker room.

  100. stampnhawk says: Jan 9, 2012 2:01 AM

    Rooney must be pissed. The deal he had since Superbowl XL was for his team to get overly fined during the regular season in exchange for critical playoff calls. He got two facemasks ignored, and a lateral which should have that official’s driver’s license revoked for blindness, but there was nothing to review on the OT play.

    Glad to see the Broncos win and have the Tebow side show continue…not usually sucked in by the much overused term “you can’t make this stuff up” but Tebow throwing for 316 yards?

    No matter if Belichek puts up 666 yards next week, there’s something to the higher power thing with that 3:16 thing.

  101. bronco1st says: Jan 9, 2012 2:55 AM

    The rule was implemented so that a team couldn’t come in, go half the field and win with a FG. The NFL wanted to take the kicker out of the equation and let the big name “stars” win or lose the game. Kicks aren’t exciting, passes and runs are.

  102. GG Eden says: Jan 9, 2012 3:29 AM

    OT should be tweaked a little.

    Same as it is now…..where if a team scores a FG on first possession the other team is allowed a possession to match or beat it. Should it match it, then next score (FG, safety, TD, either way) wins.

    But add to that…..a team that scores a TD on first possession, the other team is allowed one possession to try to match a TD. If they do, then it goes to next score wins (FG, safety, TD, either way).

  103. curtj5 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:40 AM

    I like the new rules a lot. BUT. This year the NFL looked more like the Arena League and all of these stupid new rules that turned the game into flag football greatly favors a team with an elite quarterback. New England or Green Bay wins the coin flip? Good luck with that, defense!

  104. selldannysell says: Jan 9, 2012 5:43 AM

    golonger says:
    Jan 8, 2012 10:15 PM
    selldannysell – aka idiot

    ——————————————-

    It takes one to know one. My point is the NFL changed the post-season rules so that both teams would get a possession in overtime. If that was the case, then whether the receiving team scored a touchdown is irrelevant.

  105. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2012 5:53 AM

    roamingabriel says:
    Jan 8, 2012 9:08 PM
    If the NFL want the games to be fair they need to cut all the officials and bring in new, young, athletic replacements…
    ***************************************************
    Agreed.

    Watching Ron Winter TRYING to run to the LOS would be funny, if it wasn’t so pathetic.

  106. steelernation1 says: Jan 9, 2012 5:54 AM

    though i dont like how the rules are for over time in playoffs..

    hats off to the broncos they were the better team

  107. bbk1000 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:20 AM

    I’m glad the Steelers lost, especially getting the calls the way they did. Still, these OT rules are just stupid. Play another quarter or give each team the ball once, end of story. There is no logic with the thinking that field goal you get a chance and touchdown you don’t. Again, just stupid.

    This rule had to be the result of a liquid lunch….

  108. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 9, 2012 7:25 AM

    I can see why people say the rules should be changed for this but seriously when does it stop? the Steelers got outplayed plain and simple. had an attempt been made to tackle Thomas no one would be talking about this. ridiculous. I’m not a Tebow fan yet but give it up to him for a good game and to my Broncos for some mile high magic!

  109. goawayeverybody says: Jan 9, 2012 7:47 AM

    I hate the Steelers. Therefore I’m thrilled.

    And the refs in this game were just awful. So many missed face masks by the Steelers. And the horrific early whistle that negated a Broncos fumble recovery. Pathetic.

  110. billh1947 says: Jan 9, 2012 8:00 AM

    the only reason it went to overtime was because the refs screwed up on the backwards pass by Pitts.I wonder if Collin Cowherd is now a Tebow believer,it would have been nice to see the Steelers get their asses handed to them again by GB in the Super Bowl but the Broncos beat them to it,I hope nobody jumped off their roof because of it.

  111. NoRespect says: Jan 9, 2012 8:04 AM

    roadtrip3500,
    Read the post directly before yours.

    I am a Redskins fan, and I think the new overtime rules are an improvement, but I also think both teams should get a chance, like in college.

    To those people who say that if the reverse happened Denver fans wouldn’t be upset or crying about it, you are just delusional Steeler Haters. Of course they would have, as would most of you Steeler Haters too (many would have claimed the “fix was in”). I am sure I will get lots of thumbs down, because there are a bunch of you out there.

    And for those of you morons who imply that the league wants to fix the games for the steelers to win, I guess you don’t watch much football. I live in Ravens territory, so I get to see lots of Steeler games, and they get the bad end of calls more often than not. Does anyone remember the game where the Ravens broke Ben’s nose? No call, no fine. Not sure how the league believed that Ben got his nose broken, but apparently an obvious forearm to the face was not one of them. Add to that another CLEAR hit to the head later in that game, and again, no flag, no fine. The refs have been horrible for everyone all year, but even my Redskins don’t get as many bad calls against them like the Steelers

  112. 69finfan says: Jan 9, 2012 9:16 AM

    Nobody has mentioned this but the real goat of the game for the Steelers is James Farrior. He should have called heads instead of tails. Then maybe Ben would have taken the Steelers on an 80 yard scoring play/drive. There is as much chance of changing that as anything else. It’s over! Accept what cannot be changed and move on. Go Broncos, let the magic continue.

  113. bobhk says: Jan 9, 2012 12:34 PM

    8man says:
    Jan 8, 2012 9:37 PM
    So there I am in my favorite tavern, Red Brick Station and across the courtyard I see this huge Pissburgh fan lumbering into the Twisted Kilt with his little terrible towel. Honestly, picture Barney the Dinosaur clad in Stoolers away jersey carrying a bag of urine. Anyway, the guy was alone, heh, go figure, and I resisted the overwhelming urge to run to the nearest Patient First to get the requisite anti-biotic after being exposed to the toxin that is Stooler Nation.

    Seriously, you people are like some kind of disease. It doesn’t matter the time of year or where, there’s always some glassy eyed, slack jawed, toothless sub-human dressed in coal and urine. Well, you don’t really have a baseball team, so I guess you just wear your Stoolers gear all year long. And to bed. And to work. And to weddings and funerals. And to interviews. Hmm. That might be why the jobless rate is so high up there…..

    And where is steelersownyou?
    ————
    He’s a loser and a bandwagoner. He won’t show up here to take the heat.

  114. broncobillie says: Jan 9, 2012 12:40 PM

    Decided by a coin toss??? A coin toss?? (Jim Mora voice)

    The Steelers’ #1 defense crowing the line of scrimmage had nothing to do with it? Tebow actually completing a pass had nothing to do with it? DT actually hanging on to the ball had nothing to do with it? Ike Taylor getting stiff armed had nothing to do with it? Thomas outrunning the defense?

    C’mon, man!

    I concede that I’m a Broncos fan, but if the Steelers had won that way, I would not have clamored for a rule change. The rule, as is, works.

  115. laserw says: Jan 9, 2012 1:29 PM

    The Steelers got what they deserved. This game wouldn’t have gone into overtime had competent referees been on the field who were paying attention to an obvious pass behind the line of scrimmage that in no way appeared to go forward. With refs with eyes open, they would have seen that there would be no need to blow a whistle so quickly – that one botched play provided the Steelers with their ONLY prayer of getting back in the game.

    It was only fair, therefore, that the quickest end to an overtime in playoff history should come from a quarterback that is dismissed and participating in a play that went for 80 yards against the league’s most over-rated defense.

  116. philly2boston says: Jan 9, 2012 5:06 PM

    the rule changes were made to reward the team willing to put it in the endzone rather than through the uprights. Either way.. you lose Berry Favre and his apologists. really wth is the matter with you people needing to see each team with the ball? will you ever be satisfied? at a minimum.. It’s better than it was.. it was an 80 yard TD not a thin air 58 yard FG.

  117. drbob117 says: Jan 9, 2012 6:28 PM

    Sorry, giving up a field goal is one thing, but if you give up an 80 yard TD pass on the first play of OT, or if you give up an 80 yard drive for a TD in OT, you richly deserve to lose, and it doesn’t matter which team is which. The OT rule is pretty fair, more fair than the old sudden death rule, and much less silly than the college rule that doesn’t even resemble a football game. But I will say this..now that they have it in the playoffs, it’s absurd that it’s not part of the regular season, it should be immediately put into play for all regular season games for the 2012 season.

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