Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/4/12
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Bronco fans remember when their beloved team went to the Super Bowl all the time with John Elway at the helm, and little else.  A few years later, add Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, and arguably the best offensive line in history, and you have two consecutive Super Bowl titles.
Those days are long gone, a new era of greatness merely a little tiny wish for the unforeseeable future.

But think about this:  What did we all say when King John (Elway) lined up behind the guard in 1983?  How did we see the Broncos' future when John dropped back, patted the ball twice and threw it five yards backwards?  He had the pressure, not just from a starving city, but an entire region, on his shoulders.  Thankfully, he had what it took to carry our dreams on his heart and his right arm, and he eventually delivered.  But the journey wasn't always pretty.
   
The 2011-2012 version of this team reminds me a little of all of the Super Bowl teams.  They all got there with heart and perseverance, unlikely heroes and highly outmatched in the big game.  But they got there.
   
That being said, here is my idealistic, fantastical and completely possible road to the Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos.

Pittsburgh:  Big Ben is still not right, although he is stubborn as hell and tough as nails.  Does that remind anyone of another quarterback in this game?  The Pittsburgh defense is solid, and they don't give up many yards or points.  They win games like they always have, by being tougher than their opponent.  If Elvis Dumerville and Von Miller have a big game, this could be close at the end of the fourth quarter.  If that is the case, I believe that the will and determination of, not just Tim Tebow, but also of Champ Bailey, Eric Decker, Miller, Dumerville, and an outstanding offensive line, will give them an excellent chance of beating the Steelers and moving on. Look for your MVP's to be Willis McGahee and Matt Prater.

The Divisional Round will bring a whole new set of problems for Tebow.  Baltimore will be waiting, and they will consider it a buffet of Tebow and Tebow with a little Tebow for dessert.  This is a proud defense that will force Tim to throw.  Like Kansas City in the regular season finale, they will pressure him, contain him and dare him to pass.  Terrell Suggs of the Ravens stated today, "We don't need God on on our side."  He laughed at Tebow.  Tebow likes not being believed in, and he LOVES God not being believed in.  This one thing is what Tim Tebow is all about.  Advantage Tebow and the Broncos.  Overconfidence will always fall to true belief.

No matter who the Broncos would face in the AFC Championship, they would be a huge underdog.  This is just not a team that is kicking butt and taking names.  But they are a group of men who believe in each other, and that belief can move mountains.  Tim Tebow may not be the answer at quarterback for the Denver Broncos.  But, for this season, he has given the sport back a little of its former magic.  Football is fun.  God is with them.  I think you might be surprised.
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