Posted by Ryan Wilson
The Power of Tebow compels you, indeed. Tim Tebow made his first start of the 2011 season and for 55 minutes he was not just the worst quarterback on the field, but one of the worst players. That's saying something because Denver and Miami had one win between them.
And then something happened. He found inspiration from his teammates, divine intervention from above, or maybe he just realized he was playing the winless Dolphins, the same organization that saw fit to honor Tebow at halftime for his college accomplishments that took place 350 miles to the north.
Whatever the reason, Tebow led two scoring drives late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, the Broncos won it in overtime on a field goal, and at least for a week, he quieted the doubters that insist he's not an NFL quarterback.
If not for the bumbling antics of a Miami team that is now 0-6, you could make the case that Tebow would have proven his critics right. Instead, he made a few timely throws, tied the game on a patented Tebow Sneak (somehow the Dolphins weren't aware that Tebow likes to run that play), and is 1-0 as Denver's starter this season.
Whatever your thoughts on Tebow's NFL prospects, one thing is certain: he's unconventional. Whether he can win that way over the long haul remains to be seen, but as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin loves to say: Style points don't matter.
Something else to keep in mind going forward: against a Dolphins defense that allowed Tom Brady to throw for 500 yards in Week 1, Tebow had 24 passing yards after three quarters. Twenty-four. He was also sacked seven times, mostly because he struggled to get the ball out on time, instead trying to make plays, time and again, with his legs.
But, hey, if we're willing to be patient with Colt McCoy, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and, hell, Kevin Kolb, we should extend the same courtesy to Tebow. Even if he doesn't fit our vision of what constitutes an NFL quarterback. Ultimately, his performance will determine his fate. Unless, of course, the Broncos keep winning. Then he can play like he did against the Dolphins.
Play by Play
|Week 7: Miami Dolphins|
|1st quarter||(Note: you can see the entire play-by-play log here. Passing plays are noted in red.)|
|1st series||1-10-DEN15||(12:44) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 18 for 3 yards (Y.Bell).|
|2-7-DEN18||(12:11) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas (K.Dansby).||Looks left, hesitates, allowing a pass-rusher to get in his face, throws off balance and was almost intercepted.|
|3-7-DEN18||(12:06) (Shotgun) T.Tebow left guard to DEN 23 for 5 yards (Y.Bell; K.Dansby).||Patented Tebow option. This time he fakes the handoff runs up the middle. He'll keep doing it until teams prove they can stop him.|
|2nd series||1-10-DEN23||(9:56) (Shotgun) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 31 for 8 yards (Y.Bell).|
|2-2-DEN31||(9:21) (Shotgun) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 37 for 6 yards (T.McDaniel; K.Dansby).
|1-10-DEN37||(8:43) (Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles left guard ran ob at 50 for 13 yards (K.Dansby).||Another option, Tebow keeps it, arm fakes, and ... scrambles up the middle before beating two Dolphins defenders around the corner for a first down.|
|1-10-50||(8:14) W.McGahee left guard to DEN 49 for -1 yards (K.Dansby; P.Soliai).
|2-11-DEN49||(7:36) (Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles left end to 50 for 1 yard (K.Dansby).||Yet another option, sprint left, Tebow briefly looks downfield before getting hit behind the line of scrimmage and turning it into a 1-yard gain.|
|3-10-50||(6:52) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to E.Royal to MIA 43 for 7 yards (K.Burnett). Penalty on DEN-R.Clady, Illegal Formation, declined.
||Completes an easy throw in the middle of the field short of the sticks. Penalty negates it.|
|3rd series||1-10-MIA41||(4:57) W.McGahee up the middle to MIA 38 for 3 yards (K.Dansby).|
|2-7-MIA38||(4:25) C.Clark reported in as eligible. W.McGahee right tackle to MIA 26 for 12 yards (C.Wake).|
|1-10-MIA26||(3:44) W.McGahee right tackle to MIA 28 for -2 yards (P.Soliai).|
|2-12-MIA28||(3:06) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to K.Moreno to MIA 27 for 1 yard (K.Dansby).||This looks familiar. Tebow pirouettes in the pocket before throwing a screen pass to his right. It's similar to the play Moreno scored on against the Chargers two weeks ago. Not this time.|
|3-11-MIA27||(2:19) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at MIA 31 for -4 yards (J.Odrick).||Gets good protection, holds the ball too long, spins to his right, tries to scramble and takes the sack.|
|4th series||1-10-DEN20||(14:14) W.McGahee right tackle to DEN 24 for 4 yards (K.Dansby; P.Soliai).|
|2-6-DEN24||(13:35) T.Tebow pass short left to S.Larsen to DEN 40 for 16 yards (J.Wilson).||Play-action from under center, Tebow's first read isn't there, rolls left and finds Larsen. Nice play.|
|1-10-DEN40||(12:54) W.McGahee left guard to MIA 48 for 12 yards (W.Allen).|
|1-10-MIA48||(12:18) K.Moreno left tackle to MIA 35 for 13 yards (T.Culver).|
|1-10-MIA35||(11:51) C.Clark reported in as eligible. K.Moreno right tackle to MIA 29 for 6 yards (K.Burnett).|
|2-4-MIA29||(11:16) C.Clark reported in as eligible. W.McGahee right end to MIA 26 for 3 yards (Y.Bell).|
|3-1-MIA26||(10:39) W.McGahee right guard to MIA 26 for no gain (T.McDaniel).|
|1-10-DEN10||(6:55) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 10 for no gain (W.Allen).|
|2-10-DEN10||(6:17) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to E.Royal [R.Starks].||Play-action from under center, plenty of protection, holds the ball too long before just missing Royal down the left side. Not a bad throw but needs to get rid of the ball quicker.|
|3-10-DEN10||(6:09) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short middle to D.Thomas. PENALTY on MIA-Y.Bell, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at DEN 10 - No Play.||Gets rid of ball quicker, but Bell hits his arm, disrupting the throw.|
|1-10-DEN25||(6:03) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 33 for 8 yards (T.Culver). FUMBLES (T.Culver), RECOVERED by MIA-Y.Bell at DEN 40.|
|1-10-DEN25||(2:41) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to K.Moreno. PENALTY on DEN-Z.Beadles, Ineligible Downfield Kick, 5 yards, enforced at DEN 25 - No Play.||Oh my. Play action, Tebow rolls left and the touch pass on a 10-yard throw to Moreno is overthrown by, oh, five yards.|
|1-15-DEN20||(2:35) (Shotgun) W.McGahee left guard to DEN 25 for 5 yards (R.Starks).|
|2-10-DEN25||(2:00) T.Tebow pass short left to E.Decker to DEN 25 for no gain (S.Smith). PENALTY on DEN-O.Franklin, Offensive Holding, 10 yards, enforced at DEN 25 - No Play.||Holds the ball too long before finding Decker underneath.|
|2-20-DEN15||(1:52) T.Tebow right guard to DEN 36 for 21 yards (K.Dansby).||You can hate Tebow for his arm, but his legs are what make him so dangerous. He should've been sacked at the 2-yard-line. Instead he gets 21 yards on 2nd and 20.|
|1-10-DEN36||(:59) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 28 for -8 yards (Y.Bell).||And this is where his legs get him in trouble. He holds the ball because he's unsure of his arm, but knows he can run. Except this time the tackler wraps him up for a sack.|
|2-18-DEN28||(:17) (Shotgun) T.Tebow right tackle to DEN 32 for 4 yards (J.Taylor).||Broken record: he holds the ball too long before scrambling for a short gain.|
|3-14-DEN32||(:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 26 for -6 yards (K.Langford). FUMBLES (K.Langford), recovered by DEN-M.Willis at DEN 26.||Holds ball too long, relies on legs, this time he fumbles. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.|
|1-10-DEN20||(15:00) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas.||The worst throw of the afternoon. Throws deep and misses his WR wide left by 15 yards.|
|2-10-DEN20||(14:53) W.McGahee up the middle to DEN 25 for 5 yards (K.Dansby).|
|3-5-DEN25||(14:16) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 21 for -4 yards (C.Wake).||3-step drop, ball doesn't come out, he looks to run ... and is sacked. Again.|
|1-10-DEN3||(11:55) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 14 for 11 yards (S.Smith). PENALTY on DEN-W.McGahee, Face Mask (15 Yards), 5 yards, enforced at DEN 10.|
|1-8-DEN5||(11:15) W.McGahee right end to DEN 6 for 1 yard (S.Smith).|
|2-7-DEN6||(10:52) W.McGahee left tackle to DEN 8 for 2 yards (K.Misi; K.Dansby). DEN-W.McGahee was injured during the play. His return is Probable.|
|3-5-DEN8||(10:13) (Shotgun) T.Tebow up the middle to DEN 12 for 4 yards (J.Odrick).||The ol' Tebow Draw from his Florida days comes up just short of the first down. We're shocked defenses seemed surprised when he runs it.|
|1-10-DEN20||(7:30) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas.||We have a new leader in the "Worst Pass of the Day" clubhouse. Tebow gives a shoulder fake on a short throw and then goes deep. The ball lands 10 yards out of bounds.|
|2-10-DEN20||(7:24) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 22 for 2 yards (P.Soliai).|
|3-8-DEN22||(6:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to E.Decker.||Play-action, Tebow has a WR wide open down the middle of the field and he overthrows him.|
|1-10-DEN20||(14:54) C.Clark reported in as eligible. K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 26 for 6 yards (Y.Bell).|
|2-4-DEN26||(14:24) (Shotgun) L.Ball left guard to DEN 31 for 5 yards (K.Langford; T.McDaniel).|
|1-10-DEN31||(13:45) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Rosario [J.Odrick].||Holds the ball too long before throwing to the left. Ball ends up well out of bounds and nowhere near his intended target.|
|2-10-DEN31||(13:38) (Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to DEN 30 for -1 yards (W.Allen).|
|3-11-DEN30||(12:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep right to E.Royal [C.Wake].||Under heavy pressure, gets rid of the ball earlier than he wants but the throw is just underthrown. A nice play given the circumstances.|
|1-10-DEN20||(7:34) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short left to D.Thomas.||Hits Thomas in the chest on what would have been a short gaing, Thomas drops it.|
|2-10-DEN20||(7:28) T.Tebow pass short middle to E.Decker to DEN 36 for 16 yards (S.Smith).||Gets ball out on time to WR on a shallow crossing route.|
|1-10-DEN36||(7:03) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Fells.||Holds ball to long, launches it well into the benches along the sideline. Tebow is at his best when he gets the ball out quickly.|
|2-10-DEN36||(6:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short middle to D.Fells.||Holds ball too long, rolls left, throws across his body to the right and the ball never has a chance of finding the intended receiver.|
|3-10-DEN36||(6:48) (Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 31 for -5 yards (C.Wake).||Tell us if you've heard this: holds the ball too long, tries to make a play with his legs and is sacked.|
|1-10-DEN20||(5:23) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Thomas pushed ob at DEN 35 for 15 yards (S.Smith).||Gets ball out on time, easy throw, easy catch.|
|1-10-DEN35||(5:06) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short middle to K.Moreno to DEN 44 for 9 yards (K.Burnett).||Same as above. Funny how that works.|
|2-1-DEN44||(4:43) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete deep left to D.Thomas (C.Wake).||Holds the ball FOREVER, finally launches the ball downfield and takes a hard, low hit.|
|3-1-DEN44||(4:35) (No Huddle, Shotgun) L.Ball right tackle to DEN 46 for 2 yards (J.Odrick).|
|1-10-DEN46||(4:07) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass deep middle to M.Willis to MIA 12 for 42 yards (T.Culver).||Steps up in the pocket and hits his WR in stride. Nice play.|
|1-10-MIA12||(3:26) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at MIA 18 for -6 yards (J.Taylor).||Defender meets Tebow at the top of his 5-step drop. Didn't have a chance.|
|2-16-MIA18||(3:04) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow scrambles right end to MIA 5 for 13 yards (K.Dansby).||Live by the Tebow, die by the Tebow. Holds the ball in the pocket before scrambling.|
|3-3-MIA5||(2:52) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Thomas for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN. MIA 15 DEN 7||Same as above except this time Tebow dances out of trouble, rolls right and finds Thomas, who makes a great catch.|
|13th series||DEN recovers onside kick|
|1-10-DEN44||(2:41) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short left to D.Thomas to MIA 49 for 7 yards (S.Smith).||Quick drop, rolls left, finds WR near sideline.|
|2-3-MIA49||(2:18) (No Huddle, Shotgun) K.Moreno right guard to MIA 47 for 2 yards (K.Burnett).|
|3-1-MIA47||(2:00) (Shotgun) T.Tebow right tackle to MIA 43 for 4 yards (Y.Bell).||Patented Tebow sneak.|
|1-10-MIA43||(1:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Thomas.||Again, holds the ball too long, tries to buy time with his legs before launching the ball out of bounds.|
|2-10-MIA43||(1:32) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short left to E.Royal to MIA 36 for 7 yards (S.Smith).||Doesn't get ball out on time but finds WR in middle of field on touch pass.|
|3-3-MIA36||(1:07) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow pass short right to E.Decker ran ob at MIA 31 for 5 yards (S.Smith).||Ball is out at the top of this 3-step drop. Much more accurate passer when throws on time.|
|1-10-MIA31||(1:02) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to M.Willis.||A tad late with the throw but it should've been caught.|
|2-10-MIA31||(:56) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass deep middle to D.Fells to MIA 3 for 28 yards (K.Burnett). The Replay Assistant challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was Upheld.||Throws down the middle of the field, clearing the underneath linebacker and just in front of the defensive back. Good throw, fantastic catch. Most importantly: clutch.|
|1-3-MIA3||(:29) (Shotgun) T.Tebow pass incomplete short right to D.Thomas.||Never had a chance. Thrown out of bounds.|
|2-3-MIA3||(:25) T.Tebow pass short right to D.Fells for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.||And there it is -- the 2nd-most popular call in the Tebow playbook, after the Tebow Sneak: the screen pass. Easy throw, easy TD. Nice execution.|
|(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. T.Tebow rushes right tackle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS. MIA 15 DEN 15||Huh. It's almost as if the Dolphins a) had never seen the Tebow Sneak and b) didn't think he might run it here.|
|1-10-DEN45||(13:25) (Shotgun) L.Ball left guard to 50 for 5 yards (K.Burnett).|
|2-5-50||(12:59) (No Huddle, Shotgun) K.Moreno up the middle to 50 for no gain (K.Dansby).|
|3-5-50||(12:35) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Tebow sacked at DEN 47 for -3 yards (R.Starks).||Never had a chance. Pocket collapsed at the top of his dropback.|
|1-10-MIA36||(9:30) L.Ball right tackle to MIA 35 for 1 yard (K.Misi).|
|2-9-MIA35||(8:53) L.Ball left guard to MIA 34 for 1 yard (P.Soliai).|
|3-8-MIA34||(8:13) L.Ball right end to MIA 34 for no gain (C.Wake).|
|4-8-MIA34||(7:29) (Field Goal formation) M.Prater 52 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Paxton, Holder-B.Colquitt.|
|FINAL: DEN 18 MIA 15|
“We sat together on the sideline, talked and prayed. I just saw it in his face, his want-to.” - Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas on Tebow
“That’s what Tebow does, he creates. He kept fighting. He’s one of those guys that win games. Finds ways to win games, make plays. It wasn’t pretty. Should’ve been a win for us. But it wasn’t.” - Dolphins DE Jason Taylor
“Everyone in the whole stadium knew he was [running] the ball (on the 2-point conversion). We just didn’t make the play.” - Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby
"He doesn't quit. There's nothing corny about it." - Broncos RT Orlando Franklin
"I try not to pay attention to [the crowd cheering for me], but you do hear it. Kupe (right guard Chris Kuper) said something to me about the crowd in the huddle before our first drive. I told the guys, 'Hey guys, I appreciate the crowd support, but I'm here for you guys. I want you guys to believe in me.'" - Tebow
Here's the game-winner:
Denver Quarterback Tim Tebow capped off a miraculous 4th quarter comeback by sending the game to overtime, with this 2 point conversion in the final seconds of regulation against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
And here's the game recap:
Tim Tebow rallied the Broncos for two touchdowns in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and help lead to an 18-15 victory Sunday over the stunned Miami Dolphins. CBS Sports' Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots have the recap.
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