2nd year quarterback Tim Tebow led the Broncos to an overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. On the first play from scrimmage of overtime, Tebow lofted a 15 yard throw to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, which he ran all the way into the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown.
Under the new overtime rules if the offense scores a touchdown on the first drive, then the game is automatically over. So, this touchdown ended the game, and gave the Broncos a 29-23 win over the lower seated Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tebow had 316 passing yards while completing 10-21 passes and throwing for two touchdowns, which gave him a 125.6 passer rating. He also ran the ball 10 times for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Let’s take a look more closely at Tebow’s passing yards and passer rating. As many people know, Tebow is a very religious man, and has been known to write bible verses on his eye paint. One that he has worn many times is John 3:16, matching up with his passing yards. Another one that he has mentioned is one of his personal favorites in interviews is John 1:25, matching up with his passer rating. Another biblical allegory from the game was the wide receiver who scored the game winning touchdown. Demaryius Thomas was born on December 25, 1987, and became just another puzzle piece in this case of Tebowmania.
Both of these Bible verses are about belief in God; and John 3:16 specifically sums up the New Testament in a nutshell, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Many people have made jokes about Tebow’s faith, including Saturday Night Live in a skit from the night Jimmy Fallon hosted. The skit features “Jesus” coming in the Broncos locker room after another fourth quarter comeback victory telling the players that he can’t always bail them out.
Some may say that Pittsburgh’s defense parted like the Red Sea in that overtime victory where, despite Denver’s passing formation, Pittsburgh put both of their safeties in the box. This led to Bronco’s receiver Thomas being left wide open and having nobody up the field to tackle him.
Thomas was widely overlooked because of all the Tebowmania. He had four receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown in his first career playoff game. He broke multiple playoff records in the game, including the longest yard per catch average (51.0). The others he obtained due to the eighty yard pass at the end of the game. The play only lasted 11 seconds, making it the fastest played overtime in NFL history, and the pass was the longest touchdown in NFL playoff overtime history
The Broncos next game will be played against the New England Patriots at 8 p.m Saturday. Will Tebow be prepared to surprise us again?
I believe the game will be decided by two keys to victory. Both will depend on Tim Tebow and the Patriots defense.
First, the Patriots need to take the left side away from Tim Tebow. It has been proven that when a play breaks down and Tebow rolls out to the left amazing things happen. He is statistically better throwing when he rolls out left. How can New England do this? It’s really simple, either blitz an extra linebacker on the left side, or send him as a qb spy.
The second key to victory will probably depend on the first. Tim Tebow can not turnover the ball if he wants to win. Tebow has thrown nine touchdowns and only one interception in games that Denver has won this year, however, when Denver loses he has thrown only three touchdowns and five interceptions. If Denver wants to contend with the Patriots offense, they have to score a lot, so they cannot turnover the ball.
What’s my prediction to the game? Tom Brady and Bill Belichick silence Tebowmania once and for all, Patriots roll 34-20.