No one gave them a chance. Even Broncos fans were just hoping for a competitive game and a chance at the end to steal a win. But instead it was the Pittsburg Steelers who were trying to play catch-up on the Broncos all game. The Broncos held or shared the lead for the majority of the game and Tim Tebow had maybe the best game of his career, throwing for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 50 yards rushing with another touchdown.
On a day where it seemed like the Broncos were fighting the Steelers just as much as they were the referees, they were able to pull out their first playoff win since the 2005 season. In the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a backward pass that was dropped and ruled an incomplete pass. The play was reviewed and replay showed that it was indeed a backward pass, which would make it a fumble. The Broncos recovered the ball inside the Steelers’ 20-yard line, but since the referees blew the whistle the call could not be overturned to a fumble. Instead, the Steelers drove down the field and scored a touchdown that cut their deficit in half, only down 13-20.
With less than four minutes in the 4th quarter, cornerback Champ Bailey dropped a potential interception in the end zone. On the next play, Roethlisberger connected with Cotchery for a touchdown, evening the score at 23 a piece. Neither team could score in the final three minutes and the game moved into overtime. On the first play of the game, Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown run and catch that sealed the win. Thomas was huge, catching four long balls and totaling 204 yards, including the game-winning touchdown.
Tebow was seen “tebowing” in the end zone after he threw the game-winning touchdown. Even Shannon Sharpe and the rest of the sports casters were tebowing on their desks at the Post-Game Report following the game. Tebow is now going to have the rest of Bronco Nation tebowing, if they haven’t been already.