Tim Tebow: God’s Quarterback
As I sit on my couch watching a 51 yard Matt Prater game winning field goal sail through the uprights, I realize something. Something that sportscasters throughout the country have been discussing and debating for six weeks now, yet today, for some reason, the moment of ultimate clarity has arrived. The recipe for Tim Tebow’s success is very simple. G-d is on Tim Tebow’s side.
Those of you who missed the Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos game this Sunday missed quite a show. Chicago took a late 7-0 lead in the third quarter thanks to a Marion Barber 9 yard run and tacked on a long field goal in the fourth. With just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Broncos QB Tim Tebow lead his team down the field 63 yards, capping the drive off with a 10-yard touchdown throw to receiver Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos got it back quickly with fifty-six seconds remaining in the game trailing by three. Thanks to some timely throws by Tebow, the Broncos set up a 59 yard field goal for Prater who made it easy to take the game into overtime. In overtime, the Bears won the coin toss and began to drive into Broncos territory when running back Marion Barber (who earlier in the fourth quarter ran out of bounds, stopping the clock and giving the football back to Denver with time left) fumbled the football around midfield giving possession once again to the Broncos. From there, the Broncos drove the ball to Chicago’s 33 yard line where Prater hit the game winning field goal.
The incredible come from behind victory has become a staple of Tebow’s as of late, racking up six comeback victories in his last six games. What may be even more surprising is the fact that Tebow’s not really a text book QB. Since he began getting playing time in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers, Tebow’s been criticized left and right for his poor throwing mechanics and sometimes missing passes he should be making easily. Still, despite the criticism and lack of a passing game, the Broncos have run all over their opponents as of late and this blogger can’t seem to deny that it may have something to do with the big guy upstairs.
It’s no secret that Tim Tebow is a religious man, often seen praying on the side lines after a touchdown or in a big game situation. His signature kneeling pose has become somewhat of a phenomenon, sparking a trend of fans taking pictures of themselves “Tebowing”. Still, the more I see it done and the better Tebow performs, I can’t help but think I’m watching Angels in the Outfield, or in this case, the less popular reboot, Angels in the Endzone. As I watch Tebow rush for a first down or see one of his receivers make a brilliant catch, I can’t help but think Christopher Lloyd or some other angel is out there, tripping up the defense or setting a miraculous block for the Denver QB. My childlike point of view on the matter may be misconstrued but whatever force keeps making the Broncos win is making me a very happy football fan. Time will only tell if Tebow’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve.