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."