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Tim Tebow Quiets Critics in a Big Way: Fan’s Perspective
I have to say that, even as a fan, this is not an article I thought I would be writing. Yes, I had my fingers crossed and was doing some Tebowing in the hopes that the Broncos would win, but the odds just didn't look good.
I knew there were injuries for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they would be missing a few players that might provide an advantage, but never did I think that the entire Steelers defense (the No. 1 defense in the NFL) would just not show up.
I hoped for a miracle final minute comeback win which has become a signature of QB Tim Tebow, but instead he came out with the miracle energy for the entire game.
While the critics have been picking apart his skills and poor passing ability all season, I have said all he needed was some time and a bit of work. Well apparently he found some time to work this week because he came out determined to silence the critics and show that yes he was going to make it in the NFL.
I have watched and read articles in the days ahead of the game and, aside from a few followers on Twitter, no one was picking the Broncos to win this game. It was all about the Steelers defense and that Tebow had no chance of scoring against them.
But not only did Tebow score against them, he set records doing it. He became the FIRST QB to throw for more than 300 yards against the Steelers defense this entire season. This QB that everyone said couldn't throw and complete a pass just proved that oh yes he can. He also set records for yards per attempt and yards per completion in a playoff game.
Throughout the season, people have talked about how former Broncos QB and now vice president of football operations John Elway was unsure if Tebow had the passing ability to be Denver's QB. Well, guess what? Another record Tebow managed to break (well, actually smash) was Elway's 1983 passing record for a playoff game with the Broncos. Elway threw for 123 yards against the Seattle Seahawks. Tebow threw for 316 against the Steelers. As a matter of fact, Tebow beat Elway's record in just the first half of the game. So, I think Tebow have proved he can play with the big boys.
Now, as I write this, I am watching ESPN SportsCenter on the television. Can you guess who they are picking to win the January 14th game against the New England Patriots? That's right, the team that wasn't even expected to get into the playoffs at the beginning of the season. Who knows Broncos fans, we may just get our Super Bowl win after all.
Deborah Braconnier is a former athlete and avid football fan. She is a freelance writer and Featured Contributor for the NFL and Olympics. She has followed the Denver Broncos since she was a child and can usually be found yelling at the television during football season. Follow her on Twitter at @fwcdeborah.
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