Well, it wasn’t pretty, but after all the fanfare leading up to his first start of the season, Tim Tebow led the Broncos to an 18-15 OT win over the Miami Dolphins. After turning in one of the uglier 3+ quarters of football you’ll ever see from an NFL QB (in which he was 4-14 passing for 40 yards), Tebow stepped up when it mattered most with his Broncos trailing 15-0 with just over five minutes remaining.
In the last few minutes, Tebow threw two late touchdowns and added a 2-point conversion rushing, and the Broncos converted on a successful onside kick to help complete the comeback and send the game to overtime.
On his first TD pass, Tebow was able to elude defenders and find WR Demaryius Thomas in the corner of the endzone:
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Tebow followed that up by hitting TE Daniel Fells all alone in the flat, and calling his own number on the QB draw to tie the game:
In the extra period, the Broncos defense came up with a crucial turnover, setting up the game-winning field goal by Matt Prater.
And while his performance certainly won’t do anything to silence the critics of his throwing arm or accuracy, at the end of the day Tebow put his team in a position to win, and that’s all you can really ask for from your quarterback. He finished 13-for-27 for 161 yards and two TDs plus 65 yards on the ground, including a few nifty scrambles where Tebow was able to make something out of nothing. Granted, it was against the lowly Dolphins, so we’ll reserve judgement as to his long-term prospects until he faces a larger study sample against stiffer competition. And if he keeps spinning around in the backfield like that, Tebow is going to get his clock cleaned sooner than later by better defenses.
But for now, with the Broncos improving to 2-4, Tebow-mania will continue to dominate the Denver sports landscape. The only question is, how long will it last?
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