Tim Tebow and the Broncos beat the Steelers 29-23 in overtime

Holy Tebow

1/8/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Tim Tebow struggled to pass the ball well all year. The Broncos offense has shown flashes of brilliance, but was mostly anemic at best.

Every time the Broncos won, the media credited Tebow with a win, no matter how mediocre his performance was. "Tebow just wins," they said. Even if he only completed 2 passes, or if the offense only accounted for one or two scores.

Today, however, it was truly Tebow Time. He wasn't perfect, but he was about as close as it gets.

Far be it from me to be a Tebow ball-washer. But credit where credit is due... he was outstanding.

On one hand, his completion percentage was still sub-50%. It took overtime for him to complete his 10th pass. He nearly killed Eric Decker by hanging him out to dry right in front of James Harrison.

On the other hand, he walked on water, performed miracles, and made the best defense in football look timid and pathetic.

In the end, Tebow finished with an absurd 15 yards per pass attempt. The Steelers were on their heels the entire time, loading up the box to stop the run, and allowing Tebow to exploit single coverage over their terrible secondary.

When they allowed running lanes to open up, Tebow ran 10 times for 50 yards. He also didn't turn the ball over, which was his Kryptonite over the past few weeks.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, whom I've criticized harshly in the past, looked like he didn't even belong on the field. He was clearly hurt, and it showed. He was sacked 5 times, compared to none for Tebow. He held on to the ball for too long, and was unable to deliver when it counted.

After the game, Tebow talked about the win, but stressed that he was most excited about visiting a 16-year old girl who has already undergone 73 surgeries. He's a genuinely good guy, and despite the media infatuation with him, it's hard not to like him.

No matter what happens next week against the Patriots, Tebow took hold of the Broncos' starting QB job for 2012, and completely removed any thought of the Broncos finding another starter. After all the talk that Brady Quinn might get some 3rd down snaps, it looks like Quinn has no chance of ever seeing the field, outside of an injury to Tebow.

His delivery is still slow, he still struggles with his accuracy and he needs to learn how to protect his receivers a little better. But if there's anyone who will put in the time and effort to improve, it's Tim Tebow. It's possible that we could see an entirely different QB when training camp starts.

Don't call me a believer quite yet, but this was definitely a start.
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1/10/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Jeff_P wrote:
a win is a win is a win..........YOU PLAY to win, and the other teams injuries dont matter.....ALL TEAMS HAVE INJURIES.........GOOOOOOOOOOO TEBOWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Thats right Herm Edwards, you play to win the game!

1/10/12   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

edrhymeevet52 wrote:
 I agree on what you said it was that he played better and pitts could'nt and every team has players out or hurt thats playoffs.  You play with what you have and may the best team win.  I really am happy for Denver i use too live there and the fans are the best win or loose they are the best fans when i lived there.  Go Denver beat Pats 

go to a Browns game...those fans are crazily stupid

1/10/12   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

The Steelers are dinged up because the coach kept playing Rapes when he shoulda sat him, same goes for Pouncey, who, btw, is the 2nd most overrated player behind Polamalu in the NFL, and losing Mendenhall was actually a blessing.  Seems to me the Ryan Clark illness was the biggest difference.

1/10/12   |   edrhymeevet52   |   44 respect

Scott wrote:
 I don't think anybody is ready to put Tim Tebow in the category of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as an elite quarterback but at some point, you have to give the guy credit when credit is due.  The Steelers dared him to throw and he did.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers are banged up.  It isn't Tebow's fault that Ike Taylor decided to play the worst game of his career.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers defense failed to make the proper adjustments.  I still think that if these two teams played 10 times, the Steelers probably win 8, maybe 9 times.  Unfortunately for Steelers fans, yesterday the Broncos... and Tim Tebow.... were the better team

 I agree on what you said it was that he played better and pitts could'nt and every team has players out or hurt thats playoffs.  You play with what you have and may the best team win.  I really am happy for Denver i use too live there and the fans are the best win or loose they are the best fans when i lived there.  Go Denver beat Pats 

1/9/12   |   Tiger_Pride2   |   3287 respect

It was his best performance at the biggest moments.

1/9/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19902 respect

Scott wrote:
 I don't think anybody is ready to put Tim Tebow in the category of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as an elite quarterback but at some point, you have to give the guy credit when credit is due.  The Steelers dared him to throw and he did.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers are banged up.  It isn't Tebow's fault that Ike Taylor decided to play the worst game of his career.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers defense failed to make the proper adjustments.  I still think that if these two teams played 10 times, the Steelers probably win 8, maybe 9 times.  Unfortunately for Steelers fans, yesterday the Broncos... and Tim Tebow.... were the better team

a win is a win is a win..........YOU PLAY to win, and the other teams injuries dont matter.....ALL TEAMS HAVE INJURIES.........GOOOOOOOOOOO TEBOWWWWWWWWWWWWW

1/9/12   |   Scott   |   54161 respect

 I don't think anybody is ready to put Tim Tebow in the category of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as an elite quarterback but at some point, you have to give the guy credit when credit is due.  The Steelers dared him to throw and he did.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers are banged up.  It isn't Tebow's fault that Ike Taylor decided to play the worst game of his career.  It isn't Tebow's fault that the Steelers defense failed to make the proper adjustments.  I still think that if these two teams played 10 times, the Steelers probably win 8, maybe 9 times.  Unfortunately for Steelers fans, yesterday the Broncos... and Tim Tebow.... were the better team

1/9/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

derms33 wrote:
 oh you mean the "All Pro" Polamalu guessing WRONG as usual?  That guy's a joke

Yes that one, Mr. Head & Shoulders. Ryan Clark covers up a lot of his deficiencies in pass coverage. Without him in the lineup, Polamalu got exposed for what he really is. And the Steelers cornerbacks are awful. They've been average for years now they're just plain mediocre. The dominance of the front seven covered that up but with their entire starting defensive line being injured and the line doing a helluva job on end rushers Woodley & Harrison, they even got more exposed

1/9/12   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Tebow made some great throws and I'm going to give him credit for that.  But I can't refuse to acknowledge the fact that the Steelers outhought themselves. They were so concerned about Tebow in the run game that they sent their safeties flying to the line of scrimmage, leaving their average cornerbacks in one on one coverage.

 oh you mean the "All Pro" Polamalu guessing WRONG as usual?  That guy's a joke

1/9/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Tebow made some great throws and I'm going to give him credit for that.  But I can't refuse to acknowledge the fact that the Steelers outhought themselves. They were so concerned about Tebow in the run game that they sent their safeties flying to the line of scrimmage, leaving their average cornerbacks in one on one coverage.