|Tebow's insane second quarter has the Denver up big. (Getty Images)|
Improbably, Denver led Pittsburgh 20-6 at halftime of the wild-card game on CBS. And it's not because the Broncos went to backup quarterback Brady Quinn, either. It's because Tim Tebow went bananas in the second quarter, tossing 185 passing yards against the Steelers to give Denver the lead.
If you saw this coming, you're lying. Or Tim Tebow maybe.
Somehow, Tebow's arm and mind and confidence shook off the final three weeks of the regular season and he became a legitimate passing quarterback, throwing some gorgeous passes to an array of wide receivers (two to Demaryius Thomas, one to Daniel Fells and a beautiful 30-yard strike to Eddie Royal for a touchdown).
And in Denver, because this is Opposite Day, Ben Roethlisberger is completely ineffective. His ankle injury is a major, major problem because he a) can't step into throws and b) move around to extend plays. At all.
He threw a pick that handed the Broncos three points where Heath Miller missed the ball but a safety spy with Quinton Carter resulted in an easy turnover for the Broncos.
If the Steelers want to hang in there with Denver (and no, I can't believe I'm writing that either), they need to stop leaving Broncos wide receivers open, stop dropping passes, stop giving the Broncos free yards with stupid penalties and give Roethlisberger more time in the pocket to find his receivers.
Either that or hope that someone tells Tebow to "take it down a notch" again.
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