DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears after picking up a first down at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Tim Tebow engineered perhaps his most unlikely comeback yet in the Broncos' 13-10 win over the Bears.
The Chicago Bears were up 10-0 in the fourth quarter, and had Tim Tebow right where they wanted him. Problem is, it was familiar territory for the Denver Broncos quarterback, who, with major assists from Matt Prater and the Denver defense, led the Broncos to an insane 13-10 overtime victory.
Tebow completed just three of 16 passes in the first three quarters, then completed 18 of 24 passes for the rest of the game, throwing for nearly 200 yards in the fourth quarter and overtime and helping the Broncos score the game's final 13 points with his signature mix of moxie and mobility. Tebow threw for 236 yards and a touchdown pass in the game, though he did have both an interception and a fumble.
But after a botched onside kick, Tebow needed the Broncos' defense to stop the Bears late in the fourth quarter. They did, thanks in part to a shove that sent Marion Barber out of bounds and preserved just enough time for Tebow to get the Broncos into field goal range for Matt Prater, who boomed a 59-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Broncos were on the ropes, too, but Elvis Dumervil's strip of Barber on a run that looked destined for the end zone gave the ball back to Tebow and the offense. And he moved Denver back into field goal range again, setting up Prater's 51-yard game-winner.
Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie threw for 116 yards in the loss, while Barber ran for 108 yards and a touchdown.
WIth the win, Denver moves to 8-5, and is one game clear of Oakland in the AFC West. The loss drops Chicago to 7-6 on the season.
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