Tim Tebow and John Fox embrace after their first playoff victory together. (Jack Dempsey/AP Photo)
I’m convinced things always come full circle. Look no further than Tim Tebow’s 316 passing yards, and his 31.6 yards per pass play in his first playoff game. For some reason, 316 is a marked number for Tebow.
In college, Tebow was banned from scribbling the bible verse John 3:16 on his eye black. The verse reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
If there were a Broncos 3:16, it would probably read, “For Tebow so loved, that whoever believes in him shall not be lost, but have eternal faith.”
The referees for Sunday’s game were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John also. Ok not really, but Tebow went 10-for-21 passing with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 125.6. He added 10 carries for 50 yards and a rushing touchdown as well. With that he joins Joe Montana and Jeff Garcia as the only players in NFL postseason history to pass for 300 yards and two scores in addition to rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Take that Merril Hoge, take that all of you No. 15 non believers. The Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to move on to play the New England Patriots in the divisional game.
“First and foremost I just want to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ,” Tebow said after the game. “He’s done so much in my life, and I also want to thank my teammates for the effort that they put out there and just showing so much character.”
Prior to Sunday’s game, the faith in Broncos Country was a Mile Low. The team lost their three previous games, and Tebow had 7 turnovers in the skid.
Life was far from orange and blue. It was a deep shade of grey as the Broncos headed into the playoffs.
Now the Broncos are back on track and heading to New England where once again things come full circle. The team will see Josh McDaniels, the former Broncos head coach who drafted Tebow and Demaryius Thomas in the first round of the 2010 draft.
Bad games may keep Tebow up at night, but his faith is one soft pillow. It’s what got him to this point.