Sunday, January 8, 2012

Tebowing In Denver Is Back In Style

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos shocked the football world in a historic, 29-23,  overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

After winning the coin toss to begin the extra period, Tebow threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime to give the Broncos a surprising AFC wild card victory.

It was the first playoff game in NFL history to use the revised overtime rules which gives both teams a chance to score unless a touchdown is scored on the first possession.

After the victory, a jubilant Tebow hugged his teammates then bent over into his famous "Tebowing" pose for the first time in weeks.

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Tebow and the celebrating Broncos players then did a lap around the field slapping hand with the fans who chanted: "Tebow! Tebow! Tebow! while Broncos executive John Elway jumped for joy on the sidelines.

The team had lost three games in a row before backing into the playoffs.

Tebow was lucky to even be in the game at the end because head coach John Fox said during the week that he would yank his starter if he got off to a slow start.

Backup QB Brady Quinn was spotted warming up at the end of the first quarter after Tebow was ineffective at the start of the game.

A 17-point second quarter onslaught by Denver in the span of 5 minutes, 58 seconds began with  30-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal and kept Tebow behind the center.

After the Broncos jumped to a 20-6 lead, the Steelers roared back and tied the game at 23, had momentum and were driving towards field goal range at tend of regulation. 

In the second half, Fox milked the clock while a costly Willis McGahee helped the Steelers get back in the game after a bad ruling by officials on a fumbled lateral gave the visiting team new life.

The Steelers could have won the game by taking a chance on a n NFL record 66-yard field goal with :03 seconds left in regulation,  but opted to try for a TD instead.  Ben Roethlisberger was sacked on the play and the game headed into overtime.

Tebow came out throwing in the extra period and that's all it took.

Next up for Tebow and the Broncos, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Expect to see a lot of Tebowing next week in Colorado.

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