Tebow Time Strikes Against the Steelers

January 09, 2012 | Michael Schwartz

The Broncos shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Tim Tebow had one of the best games of his career and he did it with his arm. He threw for 316 yards, his career high. He threw the game winning touchdown 11 seconds into overtime. Tebow ran a play action and when he put the ball in his running backs gut, the whole defense reacted as if it was a run. Tebow pulled it out and Demaryius Thomas, DT, was open and Tebow hit him. DT stiff armed Ike Taylor and nobody could catch him. One the first play of overtime, Tim Tebow hit Thomas for an 80 yard touchdown. That is the longest touchdown in overtime history. The Broncos won 29-23 with a well balanced offensive attack and good defense.

Going into the game the Steelers knew three main starters were out Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Clark and Maurkice Pouncey. They knew Roethlisberger was not 100 percent but he was still their best option. Early in the game Woodley, Kiesal, and Hampton were injured and only Woodley returned. This hurt their run stopping ability and their ability to pressure Tebow.

The Steelers didn’t really want to pressure Tebow because he is great outside of the pocket. They were staying in front of him so he couldn’t get outside of the pocket, but he had a great game in the pocket. Tim Tebow proved to the Steelers and the rest of the NFL that he can play from inside the pocket.

The Steelers stopped the Broncos rushing attack but the Broncos were persistent with their running game. Even though McGahee wasn’t getting huge gains, they kept the Steelers honest. They didn’t let them forget about the rushing game and that helped the Broncos in this game. The Broncos can make a run in the playoffs because they have a solid defense and a good offense. If Tim Tebow does not make mistakes and can throw the ball well, then they can beat the Patriots.

Demaryius Thomas had 204 receiving yards on four receptions. He was eight yards away from setting the record for most receiving yards in a playoff game debut. Calvin Johnson set it the night before with 211. DT has the size, speed, and hands to be a premier receiver in the NFL. He runs good routes and has good hands. He is vital if the Broncos want to beat the Patriots.

Tim Tebow proved to all of his doubters that he can throw the ball in the pocket and can win the game with his arm. Tebow only had 10 completions but he threw for 316 yards. He made some great throws from the pocket, including the game winning reception.

The Broncos defense played very well on defense. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil were around Roethlisberger all day. Miller moved all around to get better match ups to get to Ben. The secondary played very well, including a batted ball by Champ Bailey on the Steelers final drive in regulation. If he didn’t bat the ball down then Ward would have caught the ball and it would have put the Steelers in field goal range. The defense played very well and I think Tom Brady will have trouble against them.