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Tebow performs game-changing upset to ride Broncos to victory

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 10th, 2012
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John Elway told his Denver Broncos star Tim Tebow to "pull the trigger," trying to shake the quarterback from his triple game blues. Tebow did just that - pulling off an upset that sent the Broncos riding to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in the AFC wild-card game Sunday.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas in an astonishing 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime. The play took 11 seconds making it the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history.

Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Ike Taylor and then outraced backup safety Ryan Mundy to the end zone.

"I was just saying, 'Man trust your speed. Trust your speed. Don't cut back. Don't cut back.' And he kept it straight. He outran the guy," Willis McGahee, whose fourth-quarter fumble helped Pittsburgh tie it said.

"I was like 'Oh my God, is he still running?' Please just go. Please. Please."

Tebow chased down Thomas and knelt on one knee, in the famous posture that has become known as "Tebowing" in the end zone. He then pounded a fist in triumph and took a victory lap.

"When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, 'Thank you, Lord,'" Tebow said. "Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him - like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I've done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans."

The Broncos are now heading to New England for a second-round game against the top-seeded Patriots this Saturday night.

Unlike Elway, who lost his first postseason start to the Steelers at home in 1984, Tebow is 1-0 in the playoffs.

"We're just a fighting team. A lot of resilience," cornerback Champ Bailey said. "In any adverse situation, we'll find a way to get out of it. Everybody says we backed into the playoffs, we're in. We did something right along the way. We're in it. We won a game. Now, we've got to go try to win another one."

The Steelers lost despite Ben Roethlisberger rallying injury-depleted Pittsburgh from a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 10 points in the final 10 minutes.

In addition, Pittsburgh called tails for the overtime coin toss, and it came up heads.

Tebow, who engineered five fourth-quarter comebacks and three OT wins in the regular season, wasted no time finding Thomas to end the game.

"They were the No. 1 defense and we are the No. 1 offense running the ball," Thomas said. "So, I feel like they wanted to make a statement and stop the run. I don't know if they forgot about the passing game. The last couple of games that we had, we were not passing the ball that great."

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