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Tim Tebow happened again for the Broncos on Thursday night. After a dreadful first 54 minutes, the Denver quarterback engineered a 95-yard and scampered into the end-zone for the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left to beat the Jets, 17-13.
Tebow discussed the game with the Thursday Night Football crew, and we have video of that below. But first and foremost, watch the video of Tebow's game-winning touchdown, just to make sure it happened.
It's incredible. The Jets send the house and Tebow just rolls out left and beats everyone to the corner.
At this point, it's become hard to remain uninterested in the Tim Tebow narrative. How do these Tim Tebow Moments™ keep happening? Below is video of Tebow doing his best to explain the phenomenon.
If you're at work, Tebow explained the game-winning drive like this:
"We got in the huddle, and we just said, 'This is an opportunity where great things can happen and let's be great right now.' And that was our focus and everybody believed. And we went out there and achieved it. But it was because of one, our faith, and two, our relentlessness."
So Tebow right now.
The Denver Broncos beat the New York Jets in Mile High on Thursday Night Football and the story line following the game is, you guessed it, Tim Tebow. The Broncos QB struggled throughout much of the game but turned it on in the final drive taking his team 95 yards in just under five minutes for the game-winning score.
The drama went into the final minute of the game as Tebow's Broncos lined up in field goal range at the 20-yard line. The Jets sent eight guys and Tebow escaped the rush, rolled out to his left and scampered into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
That touchdown run set a new (very specific) NFL record. According to Elias, Tebow's touchdown run was the longest game-winning touchdown run by a quarterback in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history.
Tebow spoke with the media after the game and described the game-winner.
"That was the second time in the game [the Jets] had blitzed everybody against us, and they were playing the corners pretty hard off, and we ran a three-vertical (wide receivers) concept against them, and I knew we were in field-goal range, and I didn't necessarily just want to throw up a jump-ball because they were playing so far off. So when I knew they were blitzing everybody, and I saw [S] (Eric Smith) coming off the left side, and he came and he hugged tight, and I knew he was going to be extra because they were bringing one more guy than we could block, and I knew (the blocker) got a hand on him, and once he came tight, I just figured he wasn't going to think I was going to try and get outside and escape, so I just believed that the tackle and the tight end were going to get the block, and that I could try to hopefully outrun him to the edge, and thank the Lord I was able to do so."
"I don't think (the outside) was supposed to be open. (Smith) was kind of the hugger, and he hugged tight against and stayed tight. So once he's coming in and planting and trying to stay as tight as he can, thinking I'm going to be in the pocket ... once I knew that, I just kind of jab-stepped and stayed outside, and he's going this way, and I'm going that way. That's hard for someone to really plant and get outside. I was very thankful he was running really hard and coming hard inside because that's hard to make that cut, so it made it a lot easier on me getting outside of him."
Yes, Tim Tebow's scramble into the end zone gave the Denver Broncos a 17-13 win over the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. And yes, Tebow did engineer the 95-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to set that touchdown up. But despite his heroics, Denver likely wouldn't have even been in position to win without a huge effort from its defense.
It wasn't as though the Denver defense was out of this world or facing a high-powered offense. The Jets' struggles this year have been well documented, and Denver capitalized on them. With the Broncos' offense sputtering in the second half, it was the defense that picked up the slack, intercepting Mark Sanchez and returning it 26 yards for the touchdown. The pick-six tied the game heading into the fourth quarter, and gave Denver life.
In the end, Tebow did score the game-winning touchdown with an outstanding individual effort. But don't forget Von Miller's 10 tackles, including 1.5 sacks and three tackles for a loss. And don't forget it was the other side of the ball that kept Denver hanging around throughout, allowing Tebow to cap the Thursday night game with an exclamation point for Denver fans.
To say Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos played an ugly game would be an understatement but at the end of the day there aren't ugly wins -- they're just wins. The Broncos improved to 5-5 on the season and 4-1 with Tebow as the starter as the Broncos QB engineered a 95-yard drive and the winning touchdown run to beat the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football.
I can't really explain this one -- Tebow and the Broncos didn't play great for much of this game. In Tebow's first 11 drives, he completed 6-of-15 passes for 69 yards and rushed only twice for 11 yards.
But with the Broncos down 13-10, and about six minutes left in the game,Tebow put together a drive we're not going to forget anytime soon -- 12 plays and 95 yards in less than five minutes capped off by Tebow's game-winning 20-yard run. On that drive, Tebow completed 3-of-5 passes for 35 yards and rushed the ball six times for 57 yards.
Whatever it is, Tebow turns it on in the fourth quarter. He's gaining a reputation as someone who plays better than usual late in a game and that's a special trait to have, as John Elway, VP of the Broncos, could attest.
Tebow's final numbers are 9-of-20 passing for 104 yards and eight rushes for 68 yards. The Broncos -- yes, the Broncos -- have a chance to be tied for first place depending on what the rest of the AFC West does this week.
Check out SB Nation's Mile High Report, including this great quote from Darrelle Revis.
Until the final few minutes of Thursday night's matchup between the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, there weren't many good things to say about the play on the field. Both quarterbacks struggled, as expected, both offenses sputtered and the game itself was almost painful to watch. But then Tim Tebow happened.
It's not as though his 20-yard run to cap a 95-yard drive somehow excuses his poor passing performance. It doesn't. But for one drive, Tebow handled his business and took control. 17 plays, 95 yards, five minutes of game clock and one impressive run.
If you missed it, here's the game-winning touchdown, which came, aptly, on a scramble.
Good luck figuring out the Broncos, their Tebow-centric, run-based offense or the method to the madness of it all.
There aren't many words that describe the game, the Broncos drive and the Jets performance better than Rex Ryan's reaction after seeing Tebow scamper 20 yards into the end zone. So just enjoy the gif of Ryan looking completely confused on the sideline, muttering to himself as he wonders what just happened.
Yep, that about sums it all up.
New York Jets running back Shonn Greene was knocked out of the Jets Thursday Night Football contest with the Denver Broncos after suffering a rib injury in the first quarter. Greene was helped back to the locker room and underwent x-rays. They came up negative and he was on the sideline with his helmet looking ready to go in. The Jets stuck with Joe McKnight the rest of the game rather than risk aggravating the injury.
Greene said he is ready to go for next week against the Bills. He gets a few extra days of rest thanks to the early game, so odds are good he will be fine next week. He might make an appearance on the practice participation report, but it would be surprising if he could not go in week 12 against the Bills. Greene has struggled to get things going this season, but the Bills provide a sufficiently struggling rush defense that he might finally be able to take a step forward.
The Denver Broncos in the mid fourth quarter started their drive backed up on the five yard line. On the first play, the New York Jets nearly got a safety on a wide receiver screen to Eddie Royal, but safety Jim Leonard whiffed on the tackle and Royal picked up 8 yards. Quarterback Tim Tebow then picked up 15-yards on a scramble and the Broncos offense got rolling. On a combination of short passes and read option plays, the Broncos worked their way down to the Jets 20-yard line.
We all know what happens next right?
On third-and-4 the Jets called an all out blitz, knowing Tim Tebow would keep the football in his hands. Tebow took the ball off the left tackle to some wide open field and ran 20 yards to the endzone to give the Broncos with a 17-13 lead with just under a minute left.
The Denver Broncos were forced to punt the ball back to the New York Jets right as the fourth quarter started and the Jets were able to go down the field and score. The Jets went on a 10-play drive that ended in a 45-yard Nick Folk field goal that he just hooked between the uprights after missing a 50-yarder earlier in the game.
On the drive, quarterback Mark Sanchez hit running back Joe McKnight on a big screen that picked up 14-yards and moved the chains on 3rd-and-9. McKnight also had 19 rushing yards on the drive, picking up a total of 33 yards. Sanchez also took a beating on a few passing plays, being slow to get up after being battered over and over by the Broncos pass rush.
After going right down the field and scoring a touchdown to take a 10-3 lead, both team's offenses failed to do much of anything at all. They traded punts back and forth. The Jets began their drive on their own 21-yard line after the kickoff and picked up a quick 4 yards on a Joe McKnight run. Quarterback Mark Sanchez missed on a pass to Plaxico Burress, then on third down this happened:
The Broncos tied the game on the Andre Goodman pick six. On the ensuing kickoff, Joe McKnight fumbled the return and it was recovered by Denver at about midfield. Luckily for the Jets, the Broncos offense couldn't move the football and promptly went three-and-out. The Jets have the ball once again and will look to get back the lead.
The New York Jets tied the ball game with a field goal in the second quarter and got the ball back after halftime, attempting to take the lead. On the first play of the second half, quarterback Mark Sanchez hit wide receiver Plaxico Burress down the field for a 30-yard gain. After two more Joe McKnight runs, Sanchez targeted Burress on the next three plays drawing a defensive holding and completing two passes for 22 yards.
A screen play to Joe McKnight got the Jets on the goal line, but it was nearly a heart breaking turnover. The Jets slammed McKnight up the middle of the defense and he looked like he was stopped, only to fumble the football. Luckily for the Jets, offensive lineman Matt Slauson picked up the ball and rumbled it in the endzone for a fat guy touchdown.
After the Denver Broncos took an early 3-0 lead of a New York Jets shanked punt, the Jets drove down the football field only to have their drive stall out. Nick Folk lined up for a 52-yard field goal and missed wide left. Fortunately for the Jets, two plays later Denver running back Willis McGahee fumbled the football and Bart Scott recovered the ball on the Denver 35-yard line.
The Jets, taking advantage of the field position drove down to the Broncos 10-yard line, thanks in part to an 11-yard slant caught by wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The Jets couldn't get in the endzone however, and failed to convert a 3rd-and-9, winding up settling for a field goal attempt. This time, Nick Folk drilled the 21-yard attempt to tie the game 3-3.
New York Jets running back Shonn Greene went down after taking what looked like a shot to the head on a diving tackle early in Thursday night's matchup with the Denver Broncos. Greene was on the ground for a bit, but walked to the sideline on his own power before heading to the locker room. The Jets are already dealing with running back injuries and do not have LaDainian Tomlinson available for the game.
Joe McKnight will fill in for Greene while he is out. McKnight is primarily a kick returner for the Jets, rushing the football only 19 times on the season. Also available for the Jets will be rookie Bilal Powell. While McKnight is a quicker and faster back, Powell is more like Shonn Greene. Powell is more of a power back that can get the tough yards.
The Denver Broncos opened up the game with what else, a 28-yard pass from Tim Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. After that, the Broncos were able to just pound the football on the New York Jets using a combination of misdirection runs, shovel passes, and other variations of running the football. Ultimately however, the Broncos were stopped when John Fox called to go for it on 4th-and-1 and was stuffed.
The Jets took the football on the 21-yard line but promptly went three-and-out, ending the drive on a Mark Sanchez sack. The Jets punted the football back to the Broncos, but punter T.J. Conley shanked the punt, having it only travel 13 yards. The Broncos got the football back on the Jets 34-yard line.
The Broncos picked up 10 yards on the first play, an end around to Eddie Royal, but failed to move after that. Thanks to the shanked punt however, the Broncos were in field goal position and Matt Prater kicked it true, giving the Broncos the early 3-0 lead.
Willis McGahee left the Denver Broncos Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an injury early in the first quarter and didn't return but is expected to be available on Thursday Night Football when the Broncos host the New York Jets.
It was previously reported that the Broncos were hopeful he would play and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that, barring a setback, McGahee will indeed play against the Jets.
The status of McGahee is much better than that of Knowshon Moreno, who tore his ACL last week and is out for the year. Now McGahee becomes a bigger part of the Broncos offense, which includes some of the option with Tim Tebow.
The Broncos are 4-5 and surprisingly a came out of first place. McGahee will have to be effective against New York's stout defense because Tebow's passing abilities are clearly limited and establishing any sort of offensive rhythm will come from the run, not the pass.
After starting 1-4, the Broncos are in a position where they could secure a share of first place depending on the outcome of the Raiders game this weekend. Follow the Broncos comeback over at SB Nation's Mile High Report.
Tim Tebow and the Broncos may not look pretty doing it, but their Pop Warner-esque offense is getting them results, something that will be tested on Thursday against the Jets.
The New York Jets and Denver Broncos will face off on Thursday night in the NFL Network's weekly game. The odds favor the Jets, but the Broncos are coming off of consecutive victories.
The Denver Broncos and New York Jets square off Thursday Night on the NFL Network in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams. The Broncos are a game out of first place and need every win they can get to secure a playoff spot.
Moreno has been officially ruled out for the game and for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Moreno tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at Kansas City on Sunday. He has rushed for 179 yards on 37 carries and caught 11 passes for 101 yards and one TD this season.
Meanwhile, Willis McGahee is listed as questionable for the moment and remains limited in practice with hamstring issues. McGahee has 640 yards, 3 rushing TDs and a receiving TD on the season.
Should McGahee be unable to play, Lance Ball would make his first career start. The Broncos have also promoted Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad. Johnson, a second-year player out of Oregon, has never had a carry in an NFL game.
It's official: LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out for the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. It was reported early in the week that Tomlinson had sprained his MCL, which is typically an injury that takes at least a week to recover from.
Tomlinson suffered the injury last week and suffered a setback in Tuesday's practice. Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that Tomlinson's chances of playing weren't good and that he would likely be a game time decision. Instead, they've decided to rule him out a day early.
Tomlinson, 32, missed just one game in his first eight years in the league, and just one last year, so this is unusual for him. Shonn Greene can expect to see an uptick in carries, as well as Joe McKnight, and rookie Bilal Powell is expected to play for the first time this season.
Check out SB Nation's Gang Green Nation for the latest on LT's injury ,including how they'll replace him.
The Denver Broncos and New York Jets square off Thursday Night on the NFL Network in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams. The Broncos and Jets are both a game out of first place and need every win they can get to secure a playoff spot.
Through two days of practices, both teams have bumps and bruises they will need to work around. For the Denver Broncos, running back Willis McGahee remains limited in practice. He strained his hamstring on Sunday and the short week does not make an easy recovery. Lance Ball will be getting carries in the Broncos run-heavy offense, but if McGahee can't go, he'll be the main back.
The Jets injury report had an unexpected addition on Tuesday as Darrelle Revis was limited in practice due to some kind of knee injury. There are no specifics beyond that. The rest of the Jets limited players, including Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were all full participants. Ladanian Tomlinson remains out of practice and is not expected to play on Thursday.
New York Jets
Out (Definitely Will Not Play): S Brodney Pool (knee)
Limited Participation In Practice: CB Darrelle Revis (knee)
Full Participation In Practice: DT Mike Devito (knee), DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle), C Nick Mangold (ankle), LB Joshua Mauga (low back), RB Joe McKnight (toe), LB Calvin Pace(groin), G Matt Slauson (ankle), CB Isaiah Trufant (hamstring), WR Plaxico Burress (low back), DT Marcus Dixon (shoulder), LB David Harris (ankle), WR Santonio Holmes (foot)
Out (Definitely Will Not Play): RB Knowshon Moreno (knee)
Limited Participation In Practice: S Brian Dawkins (ankle), RB Willis McGahee (hamstring)
We break down the Monday practice participation reports for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos in advance of Thursday Night Football. For more on the Jets, check out Gang Green Nation. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report.
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