DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08: Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball after a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers to score an 80 yard touchdown in overtime during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Broncos defeated the the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime 23 - 29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas Take Out Steelers In One Play As Broncos Advance In Overtime

It took one play in overtime for the Denver Broncos to put away the Pittsburgh Steelers and advance to the divisional round. For more on this game, check out Broncos blog Mile High Report, Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain and SB Nation's Steelers-Broncos StoryStream.

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Tim Tebow's Game Winning Pass: Broncos Players React

Everyone will be stunned to learn that Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox and other members of the Broncos are not only thrilled with Tim Tebow's game-winning touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they knew he had it in him all along. After spending a couple of weeks on vacation while Tebow performed poorly, the Tebow Time meme is back in full force.

Before the game-winning pass, wide receiver Damaryius Thomas knew that he had the chance to make a huge play based on what he'd seen from the Steelers earlier in the game.

"We were on the sideline and talking about it before we even went out there on the field and we were like, ‘We are going to run this play and all you have to do is beat the corner'. They said, ‘All you have to do is cross the safety's face and I was walking to the line and saw the safety come down and I knew, at that time, the play that we had called, the only person I had to beat was the corner. I crossed his face and I knew the middle of the field was wide open."

Running back Willis McGahee was asked about what he thought of Tebow's performance, and he was emphatic in the backing of his teammate.

"He showed that he's a quarterback in the NFL. Case closed. They said he can't throw. They said we weren't going to be able to move the ball on them. We did that. I wonder what they're going to say next week."

Spoiler alert for McGahee: 'They' are going to say a lot of the same things. The Broncos are heavy underdogs against the New England Patriots, and will need to do more than is expected of them once again to pull off another big win.

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VIDEO: Tim Tebow, Broncos Celebrate After Beating Steelers

The Denver Broncos are into the divisional round of the AFC Playoffs against all odds after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime on Sunday. The atmosphere in their locker room was, unsurprisingly, downright jubilant. Many of the coaches and players express a mix of extreme happiness and extreme disbelief after the win, with coach John Fox and quarterback Tim Tebow unsurprisingly enthusiastic. Via Mile High Report, here's the video of the celebration in the locker room.

This should put to bed any questions about whether or not John Elway wants Tebow to fail, no? Even if he doesn't think Tebow is the long-term answer for the Broncos, there's no faking the kind of emotion Elway shows here. He was obviously genuinely happy for Tebow and his team, and anyone who sees this should probably stop questioning whether or not Elway is being sincere when he has good things to say about his quarterback.

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Tim Tebow Earned An Extra $250,00 By Beating Steelers

What's even better than throwing an 80-yard game-winner in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Earning $250,000 on top of it.

Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos quarterback, triggered a salary escalator when the Broncos beat the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card game which means he's $250,000 richer. It's not unusual for contracts to have escalators in there for things like winning playoff games. We just didn't think Tebow would achieve those this quickly.

He has a chance to add onto that number next weekend: if the Broncos can beat the New England Patriots in the Divisional round, Tebow will earn another $250,000.

Tebow signed a five-year deal after the 2010 draft valued at $9.75 million but there's another $23+ million available in incentives (some he's likely to earn and some he's not).

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Tim Tebow On The Game-Winner To Demaryius Thomas

Say what you want about Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, but they seem to win when it counts. The Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in the AFC Wild Card game and they did it on the first play in overtime thanks to a terrific 80-yard pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas.

Tebow lined up on the first play of extra time and with the Steelers clearly expecting run, he sold the play-action fake to Willie McGahee, looked down field and threw a strike to Thomas, who caught the pass with no safety help in front of him from the Steelers. One stiff-arm later and Thomas was in the end zone.

So how did Tebow make that pass?

"It's a great call, first of all. It's something we had ran earlier in the game. Just off some of our zone-read stuff, [Pittsburgh was] bringing the safeties, playing, like, a Blitz Zero look but not blitzing the [linebackers] inside. It was a great call by Coach [offensive coordinator Mike] McCoy. We wanted to try and get [WR Demaryius Thomas] in there, behind the safeties blitzing, and he did a great job getting off the corner and just waiting for the pass through the second window from the backer, and [I] just tried to fit it in there, and he made a great catch and a great run after the catch, and the offensive line blocked phenomenal. It was also a great call. It's a pretty good fake, and [RB] Willis [McGahee] really sold it, and the [offensive] line really sold it, so [Pittsburgh] couldn't really get a lot of pressure, and [Thomas] made a heck of a play."

If Tebow can make that throw consistently, the Broncos become a lot more dangerous. The story line before this week was that Tebow couldn't pass the ball very well but he dispelled that notion, at least for one night, by surpassing 300 yards through the air against one of the league's best pass defenses.

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Tim Tebow's Stats: Denver QB Dissected NFL's No. 1 Pass Defense Sunday

While Tim Tebow has been known more for an eerie ability to win close games than for racking up big passing statistics in his first year as the Denver Broncos QB, he did both in Denver's 29-23 OT victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

Not only were his 316 passing yards a career-high, they were the most given up by the Steelers, the NFL's No. 1 rated pass defense, all year.

Pittsburgh had given up an average of only 171.9 yards a game, including holding Tom Brady to only 198 yards in a 25-17 Week 8 victory.

However, they were without starting safety and leading tackler Ryan Clark, who was held out of the game in Denver due to concerns about how his body would handle the altitude due to a rare blood disorder.

Tebow rushed for 50 yards and 1 TD on 10 carries while completing 10-21 passes for 2 TD's on Sunday, none bigger than the 80-yard pass-and-catch to Demaryius Thomas in OT that will live forever in Broncos lore.

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Eric Decker Injury: Broncos Receiver Has MCL Sprain

Eric Decker left the Broncos' big win in the 2012 NFL playoffs with a sprained MCL and will have an MRI on Monday.

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Tim Tebow Time Strikes In Denver; Giants Dominate Falcons On Wild Card Weekend

Tim Tebow and the Broncos escaped the Steelers in the AFC Wild Card now enter New England in the Divisional round.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card Final Score: Denver Wins 29-23 On Tim Tebow 80-Yard Touchdown Pass In Overtime

The Denver Broncos beat the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime by a final score of 29-23 to advance to the AFC Division round of the playoffs. It was the Broncos' fourth overtime win of the season, something that's become a regular thing since Tim Tebow took over as the team's starting quarterback.

The Broncos got the ball to start the extra frame and wasted no time. Tim Tebow had been throwing deep balls on the play action pass throughout the game, and that's exactly where they started in overtime. Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the very first play of overtime. Sending the city of Denver of Tebow fanatics everywhere to their knees.

Denver had a 20-6 lead at the beginning of the second half, but the Steelers chipped away at it with seven points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth. Ben Roethlisberger, working on a wounded wheel, made big throws to move the ball down the field. He tied the game with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery with less than four minutes to go in regulation.

Tebow finished the game with 316 passing yards and two touchdowns on just 10 completions. He also scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter, and had 50 rushing yards on 10 carries. Thomas caught four passe for 204 yards, as the Broncos leaned on the deep ball.

Ben Roethlisberger finished the game with 289 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Isaac Redman ran for 121 yards on 17 carries. A problem all season long, Pittsburgh's offensive line struggled in this game. Roethlisberger was sacked five times.

Denver moves on to play New England on the road next week, a team that handled them with ease earlier this season. Broncos fans are suddenly believing in miracles, so the odds of a rematch with the Patriots won't concern them.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh Can't Convert On Final Drive, Headed To Overtime, 23-23

Tie games, comebacks, those kind of things belonged to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow all season. With the game tied, Pittsburgh had the ball to finish out the final quarter. It looked like the comeback would be all Pittsburgh after Ben Roethlisberger threw a 17-yard completion and an 18-yard completion on back-to-back plays.

Then he got sacked. Pittsburgh did get a break, as Big Ben fumbled the ball but managed to recover it. He got sacked again four plays later, the final play of regulation.

That sent the game to overtime, both teams tied 23-23 with a new set of overtime rules that govern NFL overtime in the playoffs.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: No Tebow Time In Fourth Quarter (Yet)

It seems as if there won't be Tebow Time in the fourth quarter of the Denver Broncos' AFC Wild Card match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers on this Sunday. The Broncos quarterback didn't come through on a drive that could have given Denver the lead.

The drive started uneventfully, with Willis McGahee getting a short gain on a first-down carry. But Tebow found Daniel Fells on a play-action rollout to move the sticks. On the next set of downs, after a short run, Tebow scrambled — possibly after an uncalled facemask penalty — and threw incomplete, then threw incomplete again on third down. Britton Colquitt punted, possibly for the final time on the day.

And now it's Ben Roethlisberger, not Tim Tebow, who has a chance to make a game-winning drive happen.

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NFL Playoff Overtime Rules: 'Modified' Sudden Death

If the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos go to overtime, it will be the first game played under the NFL's "modified sudden-death" system.

While regular season overtime games were left unchanged, the league's owners voted to change the system for playoff games last March.

Now, unless the team that receives the ball first scores a touchdown, the other team will have a chance to answer. So if Pittsburgh kicked a field goal on their opening possession, Denver would be given one chance to either match the field goal or win the game with a touchdown.

However, if the teams are even after their first possessions, the game reverts to a sudden-death format.


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For a team like the Broncos with a strong defense, the real intrigue is whether to accept the ball if they win the coin toss. If they are confident they can get the Steelers in a three-and-out, they would set themselves up for great field position to get a game-winning field-goal, especially with the range of K Matt Prater, as Prater has already made a game-winning 59-yarder this season.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Roethlisberger Touchdown Pass Ties It, 23-23

Some say the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is old. Other might say that age makes them savvy. Ryan Monday sure looked savvy stripping the ball out of Willis MaGahee's hands, forcing a fumble that the Steelers were able to recover at their own 44-yard line.

Roethlisberger was sacked on the first play of the resulting drive, but he hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 15-yard gain on the next play. Isaac Redman converted the third-and-one. Roethlisberger's alertness and what must have been a helpful visit with the pharmacist during the half for his ankle injury kept the drive alive with a six-yard scramble on the next play. Redman then picked up the first down.

Pittsburgh took a shot at the end zone from the Denver 31-yard line on their new set of downs. Roethlisberger almost got picked off, but it landed incomplete. Roethlisberger went deep again, and this time hit Jericho Cotchery in the middle of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown.

That tied it 23-23. Time to review the overtime rules, just in case.

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ANIMATED: Willis McGahee's Fumble Gives Steelers New Life In 2012 AFC Wild Card Game

Tim Tebow had struggled through the air since the second quarter, but finally made a big play in the passing game late in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just as quickly, the Steelers got a turnover from one of Denver's more reliable players, Willis McGahee, that could make the 2012 AFC Wild Card game a lot tighter.

Tebow found Demaryius Thomas on a rifled pass on third down to give the Broncos a first down near midfield, but McGahee had the ball ripped out while running up the middle on the play immediately afterward.

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Pittsburgh recovered, and the ruling on the field was upheld on review, giving the Steelers great field position for a potential game-tying drive.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Suisham Field Goal Cut Denver's Lead, 23-16

Down 23-13 to the Denver Broncos, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out firing on their first possession of the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a 20-yard pass on the first play of the series. Isaac Redman then picked up a nine-yard gain on a pass over the middle.

Redman then broke off a 28-yard run, putting him over 100 rushing yards for the game. An incomplete pass followed by a false start penalty made it second-and-15. Roethlisberger scrambled for nine yards on his bad wheel.

Third-and-six ended in an incomplete pass, but Shaun Suisham booted a 37-yard field goal as the sun set over the stadium to make it 23-16. Pittsburgh will be fighting hard, against the Broncos and the clock, to make sure the sun doesn't set on their season this week.

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2012 NFL Playoffs Score: Broncos Lead Steelers 23-13 In Fourth Quarter

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos aren't all that used to holding the lead in the fourth quarter until the last possible moment. That's their scenario in the final Wild Card game of the 2012 NFL playoffs, though, as the Broncos still have a lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A questionable pass interference flag on Ike Taylor set up the Broncos in Steelers territory, and Tebow running the ball helped get them deep into it. A Tebow pass to Eddie Royal on a screen would have set the Broncos up in a goal to go set of downs, but a flag for blocking pushed Denver back, and the Broncos failed to score a touchdown on the possession.

Reliable kicker Matt Prater nailed the field goal, though, extending Denver's lead to 23-13. If the oft-discussed "Tebow Time" is going to happen in the fourth quarter on this Sunday, it may come in defense of a lead, rather than in search of it.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh Scores To Cut Denver's Lead, 20-13

The Steelers may want to review forward passes versus laterals once their season ends, which could be sooner rather than later the way things are going in this game. Pittsburgh got a big break when Denver opted not to challenge the call. From there, the Steelers marched down the field before finally scoring their first touchdown to cut the Broncos' lead to 20-13.

Pittsburgh executed a prefect screen on their second play of the drive. Heath Miller picked up 10 yards on that play, but it wasn't enough since they were at second-and-13 thanks to an illegal substitution penalty. A three-yard gain on a pass to Antonio Brown. Then came the lateral, where the Steelers got a big break.

After two incomplete passes, Roethlisberger pulled down a fly ball snap from backup center Doug Legursky and hit Emmanuel Sanders for an 18-yard gain. After than, Antonio Brown gained 18 yards running around the left side. It finally looked as though the Steelers offense was clicking.

They went back to Isaac Redman up the middle on third-and-two. He shuffled with cutback move around a mass of blue jerseys around the line of scrimmage before getting into the open field, finally being brought down inches from the goal line.

Mike Wallace ran a sweep to the right side for a touchdown, his first ever rushing touchdown.

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VIDEO: Phil Simms Understands The Forward Pass

It all seems so simple on the surface. Since the forward pass was introduced in football, it's always gone ... forward. For most of us, this is intuitive -- the description is in the name, after all.

Phil Simms wants to remind you that for a pass to be a forward pass, it has to go, well, forward.

This is why he gets paid the big bucks, folks. Top-line analysis. Hope y'all learned something new today!

Also, the pass didn't go forward. It was a backwards pass, which we, in the business, like to call a fumble. That's the thingamabobber that goes backwards and hits the doohickey (ground).

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Denver Punts To Begin Second Half

Tim Tebow's red-hot second quarter has not translated to a similarly smoking third quarter — yet. The Broncos managed to move the ball on their first drive of the second half, but did not score, breaking a string of four straight scoring drives from the second quarter.

Willis McGahee and Tebow combined to pick up first downs both on the ground and through the air, and another scramble for Tebow brought with it a hit after he had slid that got Tebow to gesticulate for a penalty. But Denver and Tebow didn't look to go deep or use the rollouts that worked so well in the first half, and settled for a punt deep into Pittsburgh territory.

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Tim Tebow Wins The Second Quarter Of Steelers-Broncos Game

So Tim Tebow had a pretty good second quarter as the Denver Broncos head to halftime with a 20-6 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final AFC Wild Card game. He finishes the half completing 5-of-11 passes for 185 yards passing along with both a rushing and passing touchdown.

In typical Tebow style, he was either horrible or he was great and in the first quarter, he was horrible. The Broncos quarterback didn't complete a pass and the Broncos were shut out in the first quarter.

But then Tebow time clicked in the second quarter.

In one drive he completed two passes -- 51 yards to Demaryius Thomas and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal. In another drive he completed a 58-yard pass to Thomas. And in yet another drive he completed a 40-yard pass to Dante Rosario. So four of his five first half completions have been 30 yards or more.

Here are the Tebow video highlights to prove it.

It's Tebow time and the Broncos are leading the Steelers, 20-6.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Tim Tebow Helps Denver Run Lead To 20-6

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos may have figured out a strategy to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 AFC Wild Card match-up. Stunningly, it seems that having the much-maligned Tebow throw the ball, instead of clinging to their NFL-best rushing game, is the key.

In particular, throwing on the run has worked for the Broncos and Tebow all day, and the throw to Daniel Fells that keyed the Broncos' fourth scoring drive of the day was only strange in that respect because it was planned. Tebow play-faked, then rolled left and threw to Fells, who ran free down the middle while Troy Polamalu cheated up on the receiver running free down the left sideline.

Tebow's thrown for 186 yards on the day, all in the second quarter. And the Broncos have a commanding 20-6 lead on the Steelers, though Pittsburgh has made two red zone stops to limit Denver's damage.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Another Drive Comes Up Short For Pittsburgh

Ben Roethlisberger is having a really bad day. After getting sacked and picked off, he started this drive having missed on his last six passing attempts. Now, he has to lead his team out of a 17-6 hole to the Denver Broncos with an ankle that looks to be bothering him again, if his limping around on the field is any indication.

He got a break on the first play of the drive. A Denver offsides call negated another interception. The Steelers went back to Isaac Redman for two yards, and another Denver penalty gave them a first down.

A no-gain by Redman and another incomplete pass put the Steelers at third-and-10. Roethlisberger finally completed a pass, hitting Mike Wallace in the middle of the field. Playing in a zone, Denver safety Quinton Carter put a big hit on Wallace to stop him three yards shy of the first down. Pittsburgh punted.

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PHOTO: John Fox Was A Strapping Young Lad

We interrupt your Tebow Time for a quick interlude. Here's John Fox as a young assistant, unearthed by CBS.

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Hot damn, look at that hair.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Ben Roethlisberger Interception Leads To Points

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos had all the momentum midway through the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Steelers rose up in the red zone and got a stop that may well help them stay in the game in Denver.

After Ben Roethlisberger's interception that set up the Broncos deep in Pittsburgh territory and a roughing the passer penalty on James Harrison, the Broncos had a first and goal, but failed to make anything happen, instead settling for a 20-yard field goal from Matt Prater that extended their lead to 17-6.

Denver's 17 points have all come in the second quarter, over a stretch of just 5:58 of game clock.

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Ben Roethlisberger's Ankle Injury Is Noticeable In Steelers-Broncos Game

The Denver Broncos are on a roll as Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense has scored 17 unanswered points and hold a 17-6 lead midway through the second quarter. Tebow's last three completions have resulted in 139 yards and it seems everything is going Denver's way at this point.

They may have someone else going their way -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks like his ankle is affecting him. Roethlisberger entered this game with a high ankle sprain suffered a few weeks ago. He's healthy enough to play, but not 100 percent.

Shortly before he threw his interception in the second quarter, Roethlisberger called a timeout and walked to the sidelines where his limp was clearly noticeable. Roethlisberger plays through a lot of pain, we know that, but that only helps when he's effective. Right now, the Broncos secondary is winning that matchup. Roethlisberger has completed just 7-of-17 passes.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: A Sack, An Interception And Tough Times For Ben Roethlisberger

Few would have predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers would have found themselves in a 14-6 hole to the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of their AFC Wild Card matchup. Making matters worse, the Steelers started out their next drive with a three-yard run followed by a Robert Ayers sack on Ben Roethlisberger for a nine-yard loss.

Things really looked bad when Roethlisberger got up limping after the sack, limping on his injured ankle. On the next play, third-and-16, it was clear that his mobility was shaky. With pressure coming, Roethlisberger threw it up and Broncos safety Quinton Carter picked him off, returning the ball nine yards.

It's gut check for the Steelers.

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VIDEO: Tim Tebow Runs For Touchdown, Gives Broncos 14-6 Lead On Steelers

Is Tim Tebow one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL? Probably not. But he's playing like he should be in the conversation in the second quarter of the Denver Broncos' 2012 AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, now adding his typical running to some surprising passing and staking the Broncos to a 14-6 lead.

After two long throws to get the Broncos' first touchdown of the day, Tebow threw deep to Demaryius Thomas for the second time, and Thomas got a few yards after the catch for a 57-yard reception, the longest play of the day.

Tebow then finished the drive with a run up the middle for a touchdown.

The two touchdowns represent a reversal of fortune for the Broncos, who have struggled in second quarters all season. This Sunday, behind Tebow, they're winning the period, 14-0.

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Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel Injured In Steelers-Broncos Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers are having a little bit of injury trouble against the Denver Broncos in Sunday's AFC Wild Card game. The Steelers have lost a pair of defensive linemen to injuries, although it's unclear whether they're serious.

DE Brett Keisel went down with an apparent groin injury in the first half. He was on the injury report listed as probable with a groin injury. NT Casey Hampton also exited in the second quarter with a knee injury. It's unclear what his status is. The Steelers have three healthy linemen remaining and they're all playing.

The return of both guys is questionable at this point.

The Broncos are leading the Steelers, 7-6, early in the second quarter.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Mike Wallace Can't Hang On To 52-Yard Pass

Denver went deep on the drive before, which ended with a 30-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal. That put Pittsburgh on the field, down 7-6, and needing to come away with a few more points in the second quarter.

David Johnson dropped a short pass over the middle that he probably should have had. Not to be outdone by Tim Tebow, Ben Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace for what looked like a 52-yard pass. Wallace's speed was on display, as he got behind coverage, but his catch looked a little iffy. Denver challenged the catch, and it was ruled that he never had control of the ball as he went to the ground.

On third down, the Steelers tried to get it back. Roethlisberger targeted Emmanuel Sanders, who ran to the left sidelines out of a bunch formation. It came up short, forcing Pittsburgh to punt.

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VIDEO: Tim Tebow's Beautiful Passes Get Broncos First Touchdown In 2012 AFC Wild Card Game

Tim Tebow had just completed his first pass of the Denver Broncos' 2012 AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to have it taken away after a big hit by James Harrison helped dislodge the ball from Eric Decker's grasp and send Decker to the sideline. No matter: Tebow just followed it with two of the best throws of his NFL career to set up and score Denver's first touchdown of the day.

First, Tebow escaped the pocket and fired deep to Demaryius Thomas for 51 yards.

Then Tebow made one of the best throws of his career, fitting a pass into a tiny window for Eddie Royal to make the day's first touchdown happen.

Suddenly, Tebow looks like a threat to do things through the air. And the Broncos lead, 7-6.

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Tim Tebow Doesn't Complete A Pass Through One Quarter

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dominating the time of possession early in the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos which means Tim Tebow and Co. have had just three first quarter possessions and haven't been able to do anything. The Steelers lead the Broncos, 6-0.

Tebow, officially, hasn't completed a pass. It appeared he connected on a screen pass but NFL.com is ruling that a nine-yard run by Eric Decker, and not a pass from Tebow.

On the Broncos first drive Tebow attempted one pass which was incomplete to Eddie Royal. He went deep to Dante Rosario on Denver's second possession and came oh-so-close to breaking a big play but Rosario wasn't able to hang on.

Here's a shot of Rosario near-catch (with nothing but daylight ahead of him):

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And then Tebow hit Decker on a screen pass, but they're calling that a rush now. So, Tebow has yet to complete a pass.

One of the story lines in this game is the Broncos quarterback situation. It's been reported that backup Brady Quinn could enter at some point if Tebow struggles. It's still early but Tebow's not heading in the right direction

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Steelers vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh Leads 6-0 After Second Field Goal

It's early, but Heath Miller looks like Ben Roethlisberger's right hand man in their AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos. He connected with Miller on a seven-yard pass to get the drive started. Miller now has three catches for 48 yards.

Isaac Redman converted on second-and-three with a six yard run through the middle. Next, the Steelers went deep to Mike Wallace, but he and the ball never made the connection. They went back to Redman, who picked up a nine-yard gain. That was followed by two, two-yard gains by Redman. On second-and-eight, Ben Roethlisberger found Emmanuel Sanders on a seven-yard pass.

With a good rhythm established, they went back to Redman who picked up 13 yards to move the Steelers to the Denver 21-yard line. In the red zone, they managed to pick up just one more yard before settling for another Shaun Suisham field goal, this one a 38-yarder, to make it 6-0.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Denver Offense Scuffling Early

Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos offense has been known for both its late-game heroics and its punishing running game. The Broncos haven't started fast very often, though, and appear unlikely to reverse that trend against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 2012 AFC Wild Card game.

Tebow nearly made something happen on second down of the Broncos' second drive, escaping from pressure, rolling left, and firing a pass downfield to a receiver who had broken off his route, but the pass was a bit too long for Dante Rosario to haul in. The Denver call on third down, a screen pass to Eric Decker, gave Tebow his first completion of the day, but did not move the chains.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh Punts For The First Time

Pittsburgh started their second drive of the game with a beautiful throw for 17 yards to Mike Wallace on the left side of the field. Wallace ran a near perfect route to make the catch. The going got tougher after that.

Isaac Redman picked up two yards on a run over the middle. Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a five yard gain to set up third-and-three, but Jericho Cotchery could not catch the pass to make the conversion on that play. Pittsburgh punted it to the Denver 11-yard line, and that's where Tim Tebow took over.

Pittsburgh leads 3-0 after a field goal on their first drive. More importantly, the Steelers have to feel pretty good that Roethlisberger has yet to show the lingering effects of his high ankle sprain that kept him out in Week 17.

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Tim Tebow's First NFL Playoffs Drive In Steelers Vs. Broncos: Three And Out

Tim Tebow's first drive in his first appearance in the NFL playoffs hewed to the typically conservative game plans the Denver Broncos use. It was also unsuccessful, in keeping with the Broncos' struggles early in games in the 2011 NFL season.

The Broncos went three and out on the drive. A Tebow run for little gain and a fumble by Willis McGahee that was recovered by the Broncos set up a third and long, and Tebow fired well wide of his intended receiver on that pass play.

As CBS' Jim Nantz noted on air, that extended Denver's streak of drives without a touchdown to 20, dating back to the third quarter of the Broncos' Week 15 loss to Buffalo.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind the Steel Curtain for the latest on the Steelers and Mile High Report for the latest on the Broncos.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 AFC Wild Card: Pittsburgh Strikes First With Shaun Suisham 45-Yard Field Goal

Isaac Redman opened the Pittsburgh Steelers' first drive of the game with a two-yard run. After an incomplete pass and a Denver Broncos neutral zone infraction, Pittsburgh converted a third-and-three when Ben Roethlisberger, bum ankle and all, hit tight end Heath Miller for an eight-yard gain and first down.

Big Ben went right back to Miller, hitting him on a seam route for a big 33-yard pickup.

Things stalled out after that. Redman picked up three yards, an incomplete pass to Antonio Brown and a two-yard gain to Mike Wallace on third-and-seven.

Shaun Suisham put the Steelers on the board with a 45-yard field goal in the crisp, dry Denver air.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Mile High Report for the latest on the Denver Broncos and Behind the Steel Curtain for the latest on the Steelers.

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Ryan Clark Among The Inactives For Steelers Vs. Broncos

The AFC Wild Card game has story lines featuring the quarterbacks of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos. Ben Roethlisberger is not 100 percent but he is active and will start for the Steelers. Tim Tebow is also expected to start although there are reports that he could be benched for Brady Quinn in some situations if he struggles.

The inactives for both teams have been released. The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on CBS.

Steelers inactives: RB Mewelde Moore, S Ryan Clark, DB Cortez Allen, C Mike Pouncey, LB Mortty Ivy, DE Al Woods OT Jon Meredith.

Broncos inactives: S Brian Dawkins, RB Austin Sylvester, FB Spencer Larsen, LB Mike Mohamed, OT Ryan Harris, TE Julius Thomas and DE Derrick Harvey.

Of note on those inactives is Steelers safety Ryan Clark. He has a medical condition which resulted in complications the last time he played in the altitude of Denver so he was ruled out for this game earlier in the week. Pouncey, the Steelers center, will miss his second consecutive postseason game for the Steelers after missing last year's Super Bowl.

The Steelers are the heavy favorite but the Broncos are hoping to recover whatever they lost since their 7-1 run with Tebow at the helm.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers and Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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AFC Wild Card 2012, Steelers Vs. Broncos: Ben Rothlisberger Not 100 Percent

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start as expected, but Jay Glazer reported on FOX that the QB is still not feeling 100 percent healthy. He's still suffering from some of the effects of a bad high ankle sprain that he suffered a month ago. Roethlisberger probably hasn't helped himself heal quickly by playing two games on that badly sprained ankle.


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Roethlisberger started on Dec. 19 against the San Fransisco 49ers immediately after spraining that ankle, and that proved to be a poor decision. He was very poor in that game as he struggled to make throws that are usually very simple for him, and then proceeded to sit out the next two games. Roethlisberger returned in Week 17 against the Cleveland Browns, but he still didn't look like himself.

Though Roethlisberger has proven through the years that he's very capable of playing hurt, the Steelers could struggle if he still can't make throws to the best of his ability. With Rashard Mendenhall out, the Steelers will rely on Roethlisberger to make accurate throws to move the ball even more than they do normally.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers and Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn Could Both See Time In Steelers-Broncos Game

Earlier in the week Pro Football Talk reported that the Denver Broncos could use more of Brady Quinn if Tim Tebow struggled and that the Broncos were preparing for that by giving Quinn extra packages in practice. Quinn of course denied that but FOX's Jay Glazer is now reporting that Quinn will indeed be ready to enter this game.

Glazer reports that Quinn could see some action on third down, presumably only on passing situations. Quinn is more of a traditional passer than Tebow is so that makes some sense.

Glazer also reports that Quinn could take over in the second half should Tebow struggle enough in the first half.


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The Broncos are apparently becoming increasingly concerned about Tebow's abilities as a passer. We know he can run the ball and, in the right situations, can be successful passing it. But overall Tebow is a poor passer and the Broncos are prepared to insert Quinn if that starts hurting them.

It's going to be interesting to see the Broncos' reaction to Tebow when the playoffs are on the line. It will show you how much trust they truly have in him as the full-time passer.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers and Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012 Weather Update

Thanks to the NFL's emphasis on winning your division, the 8-8 Denver Broncos have home field in their Wild Card matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon. The game will be played at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, an outdoor venue, so the teams will be subjected to the elements. Fortunately for fans of offense, the weather is supposed to be crisp and clear with little wind for the game, according to Weather.com.

The good-weather forecast seems to bode well for the Steelers, who will rely on throwing the ball early and often. They were a pass-first team this season, but will likely be passing even more in the playoffs after Rashard Mendenhall tore his ACL in their regular season finale. The Broncos' secondary will be tested against the likes of MIke Wallace, Antonio Brown and Hines Ward, and will have to contain them without Brian Dawkins, who will miss the game with a neck injury.

Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for the latest on the Steelers and Mile High Reportfor the latest on the Broncos, and head on over to the SBNation NFL news hub for everything you need to know about the 2012 playoffs.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms Will Call Game For CBS

The Denver Broncos squeaked into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth and thanks to some key losses by the Oakland Raiders. The Pittsburgh Steelers had a solid, yet underwhelming season and have looked shaky in their last few games as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has dealt with a nagging foot injury. They will meet in Denver on Sunday in the first round of the 2012 NFL playoffs.

The game will air nationally, beginning at 4:30 PM EST on Sunday, January 8. The broadcast team for the game will be Jim Nantz on play-by-play and Phill Simms as the color analyst. Despite the Steelers being heavily favored, this should be an interesting game to watch. Given that Roethlisberger and Denver's Tim Tebow are facing off, it should draw a healthy amount of viewers.

For all news and information regarding the Denver Broncos, head over to the SB Nation blog Mile High Report. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates from Sunday's game.

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NFL Playoffs Predictions: Steelers Should Take Control Of Broncos

Wild Card weekend is entering day two and on Sunday night we'll be seeing the Denver Broncos hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are huge favorites and should win this game. Our Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, agrees and says the Steelers are clearly the better team right now.

But will they win? Behind The Steel Curtain told us why the Steelers will win this game, and why they'll lose.

Why the Steelers will win: The Steelers are clearly the superior team on paper, both on offense, defense, and outside of Matt Prater, probably on special teams as well. Pittsburgh is clearly the more experienced team as well. Nearly one third of the Steelers roster was a part of the team's 2005 and 2008 Super Bowl championship runs. That's an incredible figure really in today's salary cap and free agency era. The Steelers are far from invincible, but they're also one of the best No. 5 wild card seeds in playoff history, and without a question a better football team than the Broncos right now.

Why the Steelers will lose: For as confident as most Steeler fans are, there's quite a few factors in Denver's favor. The Broncos are playing at home obviously. We saw what an overmatched Seattle team did to New Orleans last year in a similar wild card matchup. Ben Roethlisberger also tweaked his ankle during Monday practice this week. He'll clearly play, but who knows how effective he'll be, or if he makes an untimely mistake with the football that allows Denver to hang around. Rashard Mendenhall was lost for the year last week, leaving the onus on Isaac Redman, an undrafted free agent rookie making just his second playoff appearance, to carry the load in the running game. Ryan Clark will also not play due to his medical condition that makes playing in the high altitude of Denver risky. Throw in injuries to young cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen and the Steelers' secondary is suddenly quite thin. We'll see if Tim Tebow can take advantage of that.

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers and Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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Tim Tebow, Broncos Have To Avoid Turnovers To Beat Steelers

The Denver Broncos, one of the most unlikely teams to start the year, are now hosting a home playoff game on the AFC's Wild Card weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in town and they're heavy favorites according to just about everyone.

But that doesn't mean Denver can't win. SB Nation's Mile High Report tells us why the Broncos will win, and why they'll lose:

Why the Broncos will win: The Broncos get back to what they were doing when they won 6-straight games - protect the football, control the clock and make plays in the passing game when needed. It's been a Jekyll and Hyde season for the Broncos. They started the season 1-4, went 7-1, then ended 0-3. The difference between 1-7 and 7-1 has been turnovers. The Broncos simply didn't give the football away during their winning streak, yet, the last three games they have turned it over NINE times. They simply aren't good enough to do that and beat a football - good or bad.

Why the Broncos will lose: The Broncos don't have a margin for error. If they are near perfect, they can win the game late, or in overtime. Get off track, and we've seen what the score can become. For the Broncos it is simple, they must stay on schedule and dictate the tempo of the game. If they can, they have a chance. If not, it could get ugly because that Steelers defense seems to get better and better the more you screw up!

SB Nation's NFL bloggers made predictions for Wild Card weekend and here's a look at the updated NFL playoffs schedule for Sunday. Check out Behind The Steel Curtain for more on the Steelers and Mile High Report for more on the Broncos.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Broncos are preparing to host the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first-round matchup in the 2012 NFL playoffs. Sunday's game is expected by most to be an easy win by the Steelers, although the game is highly anticipated as it features an intriguing matchup between two of the most popular and most polarizing quarterbacks in the NFL. Both quarterbacks have been struggling as of late, also, with Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers battling a foot injury for the past few weeks and Denver's Tim Tebow in danger of being benched by his coach if he looks shaky in the early going on Sunday.


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We have all of your necessary information for following along with Sunday's game right here:

Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

TV: The game will air nationally on CBS.

Radio: ESPN Radio will carry the national radio broadcast. If you listen to satellite radio, Sirius 93 will have the Steelers feed and Sirius 86 will carry the Broncos broadcast.

Betting Line: The Steelers are favored by between 8 and 9 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark. The over/under on the game is 33.5.

For all news and information regarding the Denver Broncos, head over to the SB Nation blog Mile High Report. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates from Sunday's game.

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