Tim Tebow led the Broncos to two touchdown drives and a two point conversion in the final five minutes to even the score at 15 and send the game into overtime. Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal in overtime gave the Broncos their second victory of the season and the Dolphins sixth straight loss and ninth in a row leading back to last season.
During the first 55 minutes of the game we got to see everything Tebow’s critics have been talking about. Overthrown balls, missed targets, misread blitzes, holding onto the ball for too long or not long enough, you name it. Just when it looked like Tebow would make his critics swollen with pride and end the game in a shutout loss and dreadful stats, Tebow silenced his detractors. It wasn’t until the Broncos’ final two drives of the game where we got to see the spectacular play Tim Tebow can bring as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Matt Moore led the Dolphins to a 15-0 lead with a little more than five minutes to go in the game. The Broncos started what appeared to be their final drive of the game on their own 20 yard-line with 5:23 to go in the 4th quarter. The previous 11 drives ended in eight punts, two missed field goals and one fumble. Just when it looked like it would be another drive full of misread plays, bad throws and conservative play calling, Tebow started to do something he hadn’t done all day. He began making plays, completing passes and moving the ball when it really mattered.
The Broncos scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas with 2:44 to go. Then the magic really started with a recovered onside kick by Broncos’ Virgil Green. Tebow drove the team down the field once again and threw for a second touchdown with 17 seconds to go in regulation by rolling left and passing back to his right to tight end Daniel Fells on a screenplay. Fells took the ball into the end zone for a 3-yard score that closed the gap to 13-15. The Broncos needed a 2-point conversion to tie the game and got it easily when Tebow ran up the right side and into the end zone virtually untouched.
After a punt by each team in overtime, Matt Moore was stripped of the ball by D.J. Williams and the Broncos recovered on Miami’s 36 yard-line. The Broncos executed three straight run plays for a measly three yards before Matt Prater hit a 52-yard field goal, who missed field goal attempts of 49 and 43 yards earlier in the game. His missed field goals were at once forgotten as the team stormed on the field following his game winning field goal, sealing an 18-15 overtime win for the Broncos in week 7.
For the majority of the game Tebow played dreadful, completing only 4 of 14 passes for 40 yards in the first 3 ½ quarters. However, in the final few minutes Tebow was 9 of 13 for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was as if a switch flipped on in the final minutes of the game to give Tebow and the Broncos the plays to pick up an inconceivable win. In the end Tebow found a way to win and that’s the only thing that matters today.
Ben Fletcher – Sportswriter
Stats taken from ESPN > http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=311023015
Photo taken by John Leyba of The Denver Post