There’s Justin Bieber big, there’s Grand Canyon massive, and then there’s Tim Tebow – the gigantic thundering train that can’t be stopped.
In Tim Tebow’s playoff debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he went 10-for-21 for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tack on 10 carries for 50 yards and a rushing score, and you have the biggest thing in modern day sports.
Heading into Sunday’s game, the critics were on him like orange on blue. They said that he couldn’t win a playoff game, he didn’t have an arm, he was an overhyped college player that was better fit to play running back than quarterback in the NFL. Doesn’t he ever want to say I told you so, I told you I could play quarterback?
“I’m just so blessed to have an opportunity to be the quarterback for the Denver Broncos and play a game in front of such great fans and with great teammates,” Tebow said. “I’m just very thankful for the platform God has given me.”
If all the world is a stage, consider Tim Tebow the main act.
After starting the game 0-for-3 passing, he took the Broncos on a second quarter scoring spree. Tebow found Demaryius Thomas for a 51-yard gain that set up an Eddie Royal 30-yard touchdown reception. Then Tebow took it into the painted area himself just one drive later. To close out the first half after a scoreless first quarter, Tebow brought the Broncos into field goal range where Matt Prater booted through a 28-yard field goal. Just like that the Broncos were up 20-6 at halftime.
Of course the next big play that Tebow ‘pulled the trigger’ on was the first play of overtime in which he connected with Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown play. Game, set, match. It was the longest overtime scoring play in NFL history.
“I told you,” Willis McGahee said about Tebow. “Didn’t I tell you? I’m not worried about him. I’m riding with one-five, just like I told NFL Network. We’re riding with one-five.”
The critics, although dwindling, will still swarm No. 15 despite beating the returning AFC champions.
Even the Steelers didn’t respect the Broncos passing game.
“I don’t know if they forgot about the passing game,” Thomas said. “The last couple of games we have had, we were not passing the ball all that great. I feel like they gave us opportunities to make plays and we did.”
Various Broncos receivers had catches for 80, 58, 51, 40, and 30 yards.
“As a receiving corps, we stayed after practice just to run routes and catch balls. I feel like that helped a lot.”
Thomas led all receivers with four catches for 204 yards.
“I think the coaches coached him up well this week on how to attack the corners and giving him a lot of different looks, with splits, with timing, with the different play actions, double moves, and he did a great job with it,” Tebow said of Thomas.
Now it’s on to face the New England Patriots, the team that just re-hired the person responsible for setting up this avalanche of Broncos success. Josh McDaniels drafted Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft, and now McD is back for a playoff run with his old team as an offensive assistant.
We could witness the classic case of biting the hand that fed you. At least that’s what Broncos fans are hoping for out of Tebow and Thomas. That would be the ultimate Mc-Revenge.