Stay connected with SB Nation Follow @sbnation
Like us to subscribe
Tim Tebow is 7-1 as a starter this year and has engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks in his first 11 starts, but Broncos coach John Fox is still reluctant to name his starter in 2012.
Matt Prater, the Denver Broncos' defense and Marion Barber probably had a bit more to do with the Broncos' big win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday than the team's quarterback, but that won't stop everyone from talking about Tim Tebow. After three quarters of downright terrible play, Tebow came alive, putting together a great performance in the fourth quarter and overtime.
With the Broncos down 10 points late in the fourth, Tebow led a drive culminating with a touchdown pass, then led his team into Prater's field goal range on their next possession. Here are the video highlights of Tebow's late heroics.
Tebow finished just 21-40 passing on the day and turned the ball over twice, but once again he was able to flip a switch and turn on the magic late in the game. Now, thanks to the Oakland Raiders' loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos control their own destiny in the AFC West and are on track to make the playoffs.
For more on the Bears, visit Windy City Gridiron. For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. SB Nation has you covered for the rest of Week 14's NFL action, too: check out all the Week 14 NFL news and scores and Week 14 fantasy stats, and Week 14 NFL video highlights in our dedicated StoryStreams, and head to SB Nation's NFL hub any time for plenty more on the league.
Tim Tebow and the Broncos are on one of the more improbable runs in the NFL in recent memory, and have drawn a bead the AFC West title and the resultant berth in the 2011 NFL playoffs that goes with it.
But ask Tebow about his late-game heroics, which have included five fourth-quarter comebacks in seven wins this season and brought the appellation "Tebow Time" to the massess, and he'll smile and demur:
"I don’t think it’s ‘Tebow Time;’ I just think it’s ‘Bronco Time,’ and the team stepped up as a team. We play for one another and continue to trust one another, and I think that makes all the difference in the world."
Tebow also dropped one of the inspirational maxims of the year in his post-game press conference:
"If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible. I think that’s pretty special that we have a team that constantly believes and believes in each other."
I'm thinking that Tebow might want to put that one on posters. His Broncos are 7-1 with him as a starter in 2011, and one game clear of the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West.
For more on Tebow Time and the Broncos' remarkable run, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report.
Tim Tebow wasn't even the Denver Broncos starting quarterback when this season began, but with fourteen weeks in the books on the NFL season, many have forgotten about Kyle Orton starting the season with the Broncos. The Tebow hype train has begun to roll and, following Sunday's victory over the Chicago Bears, its next stop just might be the playoffs.
Tebow led the Broncos to a 13-10 overtime victory on Sunday after struggling throughout much of the game. The quarterback completed just three of his 16 passing attempts through the game's first three quarters for 45 yards and an interception. The fourth quarter was a whole different story, however, as NBC pointed out on Sunday night.
Not only did Tebow complete more passes in the fourth quarter than he attempted throughout the first three stanzas of Sunday's comeback victory, but he quadrupled his yardage while leading his team in the most clutch moments of the game. His final passing statistics didn't exactly end up as the most impressive on Sunday from a fantasy football perspective, but he did enough to win -- and in the end, y'know, that's what matters.
The quarterback is slowly bringing his detractors around to be fans, a highly unlikely outcome considering CNBC's Darren Rovell posted on Twitter that the majority of his non-fans are due to media hype -- something that isn't going to end anytime soon as he pushes on toward the playoffs.
Tebow may not be the best quarterback in the NFL (he may be a pretty good running back, though, as Brian Urlacher pointed out on Sunday night), but as long as keeps winning, he will likely continue to pick up fans the same way an unlikely team in the NCAA's March Madness tournament does each year as they progress through the 64-team bracket.
It may not be pretty, but Tebow continues to lead the Broncos to victory through clutch performances and, now, a possible berth in the NFL's postseason.
Tim Tebow engineered perhaps his most unlikely comeback yet in the Broncos' 13-10 win over the Bears.
The Denver Broncos have done it again. Going into the end of their game with the Chicago Bears, they were down 10-0. They did not deserve to have any points, because they had played an exceptionally poor game. Then, they came alive and scored 10 points, capped off by a 59-yard Matt Prater field goal to get into overtime. The dream comeback appeared to be up when the Bears got into field goal range in OT. Then, this happened.
All Marion Barber needed to do was hold onto the ball. Robbie Gould had already nailed a franchise record 57-yard field goal earlier in the game, and he's one of the most reliable kickers in football. If the Bears don't turn the ball over or take a sack on their last offensive play, they likely go on to win the game. Instead, this fumble led to the Broncos getting into field goal range and Prater striking again, hitting a 51-yard field goal to give the Broncos the 13-10 win.
Are you sick of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos? There's a decent chance that you're sick of Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately for you, they're going into overtime in the game that everyone is now watching. The Broncos were down 10-0 late in the fourth quarter, but they managed a fantastic comeback. After Tebow led a touchdown drive, the Broncos failed to recover the onside kick, but did force a Bears punt. Tebow then got Matt Prater close enough to attempt this 59-yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, Tebow was 15-20 for 163 yards. This was after he had a downright abysmal first three quarters. Literally nothing about Tebow and the Broncos makes any sense at all, but good god, what a kick by Matt Prater.
What would a week of football be without Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos making a fourth quarter comeback attempt. Down 10-0, Tebow led the Broncos on a seven-play, 63-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
On second-and-3 from the Chicago ten-yard line, Tebow hit wide receiver Demaryius Thomas for a 10-yard touchdown pass. That made the game 10-7 with the Broncos needing just a little more late-game magic from the man, myth, legend.
Check out the video of Tebow’s touchdowns to Thomas.
With the clock ticking away, Tebow has been throwing the ball more than usual this week. He is 18-for-35 with 208 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
He also has 43 rushing yards on nine carries.
The Chicago Bears limp into Mile High to take on the hot Denver Broncos led by quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow! The Broncos have their franchise quarterback while the Bears lost theirs to injury. Is that enough for a Denver win? Tim Tebow!