I’m a healthy 28-year-old, yet a triple bypass is in order after the Denver Broncos beat the Miami Dolphins 18-15 in an overtime thriller.
Cardiac kid Tim Tebow wasn’t able to lead the offense to a score until there was 2:44 left in the fourth quarter, but he still led an unlikely comeback that had the Broncos down 15-0 late in the game. That wouldn’t fly against a team like the Green Bay Packers, but against the winless Dolphins, Tebow’s efforts were just enough to bring the Broncos their second win of the season.
It may always be sunny in Denver, but the first three and a half quarters were anything but for the Broncos in South Beach. Forget “Tebow” chants. Urban Meyer should have been getting the call from the crowd in the first half.
Tebow went 13-for-27 for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns in the end. In the beginning the eyes of young children were shielded and heads dropped as Tebow’s performance was anything but Messiah-like.
Credit the Broncos defense for holding the Dolphins to 6 first half points. Credit Matt Prater for digging himself out of the proverbial grave. After missing two first half field goals, Prater booted a successful onside kick that gave the Broncos one last hope. Then in overtime he nailed a 52-yard field goal to seal the win. Tebow dropped to a knee and praised the skies above while Broncos fans dropped to the ground after experiencing the highs and lows of a developing quarterback.
It was not all good news for the Broncos, however. Willis McGahee broke his hand after 18 carries for 76 yards.
Matt Moore went 22-of-33 for 197 yards and 1 TD. Brandon Marshall, who was shadowed by Champ Bailey all day, had 6 catches for 61 yards.
There were too many defensive stars on the team. Jonathan Wilhite had 11 tackles, D.J. Williams had a sack and recovered a fumble, and Brian Dawkins added 3 tackles and 2 sacks.
Make no mistake about it. Denver’s defense kept the team within reach. Tebow’s late game heroics got them over the hump.
The Broncos are far from being the team that everyone wants them to be, but at the end of the day, they got the win and that’s all that matters.
Tebow time has arrived, but no one said that it wouldn’t come without growing pains.