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Friday, November 18, 2011

For He Is Tebow, For He Is Good

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Tim Tebow, Broncos: 9 completions/20 pass attempts, 104 passing yards

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Mark Sanchez, Jets: 24 completions/40 pass attempts, 252 yards

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Broncos: 3 offensive points scored though the first 56 minutes of regulation.

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Willis McGehee, Broncos leading rushing running back: 12 carries for 18 yards (1.5 yards per carry)

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Tebow: 69 passing yards, 11 rushing yards before the final drive, starting at his own 5 yard line

Broncos 17
Jets 13
FINAL

Sanchez is still trying to figure out what hit him. 3

DEFYING LOGIC

In case you still don’t believe it, the Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets last night, improving their record and dropping the Jets’ record each to 5-5. The Broncos are now a half game out of first place in the AFC West. Their starting quarterback has failed to complete half of his passes in any of the five games he has started this season. Regardless, Timothy Richard Tebow is 4-1 in the games he has started this season.

Erin Drewes, rumored to be dating Tim Tebow. I see why he has so much confidence. 5
In each of Tebow’s three wins, prior to last night, everything appeared to go wrong. In each game, suddenly, the skies parted and the Tebow-led Broncos found a way to make plays to put enough points on the scoreboard to beat their opponent. Last night was no exception. Tebow was inaccurate. Tebow was contained by the Jets defense until the final drive. Neither Tebow nor the Broncos running backs could muster a simple first down on nine consecutive drives, the first ending in a lost fumble and the ensuing eight ending in a punt on 4th down.

Lucy Pinder, also rumored to be Tebow's girlfriend (at one time or another if not now). She isn't surprised. 4

SOMETHING HAD TO GO RIGHT

So how did the Broncos win? While the offense is 90% inept 90% of the time, the Broncos defense has played well all year. Last night was no exception. They were able to frustrate Jets QB Mark Sanchez, rattle his confidence, and force him into a number of bad throws, including a 26 yard interception return for a touchdown by Andre’ Goodman of the Broncos.

Then there was the final drive. Some players…some people…respond well to pressure. They are most focused when they have one opportunity to succeed and the margin for error is nearly non-existent. This is what happened with Tim Tebow.

Starting at the Broncos 5 yard line, Tebow was 3/5 passing for 35 yards and ran six times for 57 yards, including the game-winning 20 yard touchdown run. The Jets, who kept Tebow contained in the pocket all night (Tebow only ran twice before the final drive) could not stop Tebow from getting first downs and moving the chains, even in short yardage situations in which a Tebow run appeared likely. Tebow could not get going all night, until he could not afford to be stopped.

Tebow, defying all reason, runs 20 yards for the game winning touchdown. 2

DEVINE INTERVENTION?

Tim Tebow’s devout Christian beliefs are well known throughout the sporting world. Tebow unpretentiously talks the talk and, from all accounts, walks the walk. In that regard, he is holier than thou, holier than I, and holier than most. I say that with the utmost respect and sincerity.

While I could probably benefit by following Tebow’s spiritual example, I nonetheless believe in and fear God. Still, throughout my life, I have refused to believe that the Big Guy cares in the least about what happens in sporting events, a means of recreation and entertainment. After watching Tebow’s performances this season, and considering his profile, I am coming progressively closer to second guessing myself.

"Shout out to my main man, J.C.!" 1

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