Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:11 pm

Broncos 29, Steelers 23 in OT

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.

Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:53 pm

Steelers 35, Bengals 7

PITTSBURGH -- These aren't the same old Bengals.

I'm not saying that for your benefit, but mine. I'm sitting here, staring at my computer, telling myself not to go off on the Bengals. Telling myself to remember how improved the Bengals have been this season, how promising. Telling myself to fight the urge. Not so I can be nice here in a minute when I return from the locker rooms to write this game column -- but so I can at least avoid being cruel.

But cruel seems like a plausible option, given what just happened here.

The Steelers were good, yes, but the Bengals were horrible. They were so horrible, I wish Chad Ochocinco was back in uniform -- just so he could have experienced this defeat. That's how bad this 35-7 loss to the Steelers was for Cincinnati.

Ochocinco bad.

Quitting bad.

Pathetic bad.

Good thing I've decided not to be cruel, huh? Yeesh. Back soon.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:57 pm

Steelers went soft, and lost

Mike Tomlin was scared to kick a 46-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, and his team lost because of it. Up 20-16, he punted instead of going for the long field goal.

The punt put the Ravens at the 8. It worked, in the micro-sense. But the Ravens drove for a touchdown that won the game 24-20 -- not forced overtime at 24-all.

That was the call of the game. Mistake, in hindsight.
Category: NFL
Tags: Ravens, Steelers
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