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Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:11 pm
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DENVER -- He's no longer a novelty, no longer a mystery, no longer a fluke. Tim Tebow is now a playoff-winning quarterback, and not because he managed this game.

He won it.

With Tebow tying two franchise records set by John Elway and throwing the winning touchdown pass in overtime, the Broncos defeated the Steelers 29-23 Sunday to advance to the next round of playoffs, next weekend at New England.

Tebow threw for 316 yards and ran for 50, and produced touchdowns each way. He joined Elway as the only Denver quarterbacks in the postseason to (1) complete two 50-yard passes and (2) throw and run for a touchdown, both in the same game.

Tebow needed just 10 completions to surpass the 300-yard mark, throwing rarely but gouging the Steelers for huge chunks of yardage when he did. That included his 80-yarder to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime for the winning points.

Thomas finished with 204 yards on four catches.


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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:41 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

"How can you consistently have Woodlay and Harrison backing up in zone??  They needes then rushing to get pressure."  --SteelHead

Not really a good idea with Tebow. He's at his most dangerous as a passer if you let a big receiver alone in the middle and he's at his most dangerous as a scrambler if you let him get into the secondary. DBs mostly aren't going to stop any of those guys when they get up a head of steam. Polamolu's an exception, but you can just design him out of the play. 



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:32 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

" The Steelers D always preaches "keep things in front of you" and then make the tackle.  
Tebow has trouble completing 10 yarders - so Taylor decides to help him out by letting his man run right by him. "  --SteelHead

That's partially true, but it misses the 'game within the game'. Denver knew that Ike was going to lack safety help much of the game today, which made it worth attacking Ike's tendencies repeatedly. There really aren't very many legitimate cover corners in the league right now. Most of them just can't handle it out there alone on the island, so it's not like he's uniquely vulnerable in such circumstances. The fact that the Broncos were making Pittsburgh's safeties honor the hand-off first and the scramble second meant that they often couldn't recover in time to help the corner. In those circumstances it isn't enough for the corner to keep the receiver in front of him. If he can't cover him man, then he has to hold him up at the line. Problem is, when he misses the bump, he's burned.

This is old school football all new and improved. It makes a credible running back more valuable than they've recently been, if and only if you also have a Tebow, because it does allow the offense to make the safeties yo-yo. Expect the league's defensive gurus to burn the midnight oil this winter and spring, trying to come up with schemes to counter this. (Obviously, those teams that have a reliable cover guy or a great pass rush needn't be quite so concerned.) 



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

Hey Ballbeast!!  How are them Colts doing!!!  Throwing the season for the number one pick.  I think you are the last one to talk about the Patriots!



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:18 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

TEBOW KICKS PITTSBURGH"S BUTT!   Rapelisberger is a big phoney, limping after a bad play and running fine when he had to.  He always like to portray himself as a tough guy, NOT!!!   Harrison is the league's dirtiest player, another cheap shot to ruin a player's (Decker) career, taking his knees out.  Denver would have blown the Steelers out if not for the officials.  How they couldn't see from the get go that Rothliesberger's pass was a lateral is beyond me.  Constant holding of the Denver's pass rushers, with no calls.  It was great to see it won the way it went down.  Fastest overtime win in the history of the NFL.  Tebow, one of the classiest kids you'll ever meet.  There is a God! and even He is Tebowing right now!!!!



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:13 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

Really? I agree the refs were terrible. Both ways. James Harrison was held and tackled on his way to the QB the ENTIRE game. Watch the replay. The call on the lateral was horrible. The facemask they could have called on Woodely occured while Woodley was being held.. I have NEVER EVER seen a pass rusher choke-slammed on his way to the quarterback without a penalty being called. EVER. Until today. Winter and his crew were pretty awful for sure. On the first big pass play for Denver, the Denver right guard had a beare hug on Ziggy Hood for FIVE seconds.. What QB couldn't complete a pass with the kind of time?



Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:12 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

When's the last time Tommy and the boys won a playoff game? I'm thinking it was 5 years ago (2007 vs. Chargers). 5 years, could that be right? Could it be the greatest team/organisation/players/coaches in the history of mankind haven't won a playoff game in 5 years? Good luck with those hammers, looks like they've been gathering some rust over the years.




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

"Job well done by Tebow, but simply winning a playoff game doesn't nullify all the concerns about his ability to be a fully proficient as an NFL quarterback.  Rivers is still top dog in the AFC west."  --PP1212

Well, there certainly are a LOT of people who would characterize Phillip's performance in the big games as (ahem) WOOF!




Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

"It's about time Doyle gives gives Tebow some real credit. After all Tebow has been responsable for one of the laziest NFL reporting seasons for most of these columnist. Can't come up with anything I'll write about Tebow. It really shows how sensationalized sports media has gotten, kinda sad."  --RollinAJ@5280

Already we're at nine pages of comments and counting. I'd say Gregg's EARNED his paycheck today, wouldn't you?




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:06 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

You are also forgetting that that one outside linebacker (Woodley) was hobbled with a bad hammy and only played a few downs and that the other (Harrison) was held and choked-slammed on almost every play during the game with no flags thrown for it..



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:05 pm
 

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

The refs did everthing they could to help the Steelers and the Broncos still managed a win. Those refs should not be allowed to officate another playoff game. They stunk. A blind man could've seen the backwards pass they called off, the 2 facemasks on Tebow on the same play, the cheapshot on an engaged defensive player and on and on. Everybody knows that the NFL gives the Steelers the calls (ask the Seahawks) but that was disgusting. Also, may James Harrison burn in hell. This guy needs to be suspended before he ends multiple careers.


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