Tim Tebow had the worst game of his football career, college or pro. His four interceptions put the Denver Broncos in such a hole against the Buffalo Bills that the Broncos lost by 26 points when all was said and done.
Tebow went 13-for-30 for 185 yards with 2 touchdowns (1 passing, 1 rushing), and 4 picks. He finished with a 35.4 quarterback rating.
For a team whose next game essentially makes or breaks their playoff hopes, it could be a concern that Tebow’s ego took such a huge hit. Tebow, however, confirms that his confidence is still high.
“My confidence is just fine,” Tebow said after the game. “I have my confidence because I believe in the people around me, I believe in the coaches, and I believe in the ability that God’s given me.”
John Fox never considered pulling the young QB from the game.
“Every rep he gets is important experience,” Fox said.
The Broncos may have underestimated the Bills who were riding a seven game losing streak coming into their game against the Broncos.
“We didn’t play like we wanted it,” Willis McGahee said. “I think we underestimated this team.”
The Bills put a lot of points up on the board in all three phases.
“We had a chance to put it on them early and we didn’t do it,” Champ Bailey said. “They don’t have a whole lot to play for. We do. You let teams like that hang around, they want to spoil your season.”
Thankfully, the Broncos season isn’t spoiled by a Christmas Eve loss. They hold their own destiny in their hands. With a win against Kansas City on Jan. 1, the Broncos will advance to the playoffs. With a loss and a Raiders loss, the team will still win the division.
“We’re still in the playoff hunt and we’ll see where that develops,” Fox said.
Memories from 2008 still sit at the surface for Broncos fans. The Broncos had an 8-5 record and a three game lead over the second place team in the AFC West. They lost the final three games of the season and for the first time in NFL history, a team with a three game lead with three games left to go missed the playoffs.
Enough with the 2008 memories though. This is a team that strung together six straight victories. It’s a team that won three overtime games. It’s a team that has been on the brink of an entire season collapse and come back with fists up.
This is a brand new team and this is the Broncos division to win.