With 5:23 remaining on the clock before the fourth quarter ended and the final whistle was blown, quarterback Tim Tebow walked back to the field of Sun Life Stadium knowing the odds were against him. At that time, the Denver Broncos were trailing 15-0 against the Miami Dolphins but by the end of the night it was a different team that was celebrating victory.
No doubt… the game was all but over, but not for Tebow. The prodigal quarterback, Tebow had thrown for just 40 yards up to that point in the game which had resulted in 8 punts and zero points, still Tebow somehow managed to steal all the spotlight in the night.
Tebow led touchdown drives of 80 and 56 yards, assisted in a successful onside kick and scored a two-point conversion standing up in the dying moments of the game. After all that, Broncos were still left with 17 seconds on the clock. With the score tied, the match went into overtime where Broncos’ D.J. Williams sacked Miami quarterback Matt Moore forcing a fumble in the process. Williams eventually recovered it at the Dolphins' 36 and just 3 plays later, Prater hit the winning field goal. Final Score: 18-15!
"As a football player and as an athlete, you can't lose confidence in yourself," Tebow said. "If you do, you've lost already." Well, he didn’t which was something Gators and his fans back in Florida knew all about.
In a stadium where Tebow delivered a state high school championship and a college national championship, the 24-year-old QB, Tebow threw for 121 yards along with a pair of touchdowns to steal a victory from the Miami Dolphins.
"He did what he has always been doing, getting outside the pocket and making plays," said Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who has played with Tebow for 3 years at Florida. "That's what he has been doing his whole life."
Tebow orchestrated the rally with an eight-play, 80-yard drive which produced a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Tebow then completed 4 passes for 71 yards on the scoring drive to cut Dolphins lead to eight points.
"It's inspiring when you see a guy feeding off the bad," said Broncos tight end Daniel Fells, who caught the second touchdown pass from Tebow. "He definitely has a little swag about him that we can all feed off of."
Eventually, Tebow helped by recovering an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Tebow then threw his second touchdown pass of the game on the very next drive, running in a two-point conversion to tie the match. As the game went into overtime, the impossible was just what everyone expected from Tebow, and well he delivered.