By Dianne E. Butts:
Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, did it again. Well, with the help of his teammates, most notably kicker Matt Prater. And because he did it again with his teammates, people are now talking about finding God in Tim Tebow . . . again.
Neither the Broncos nor the Chicago Bears scored in the first half of the game on Sunday, December 11, 2011. according to the Denver Broncos news:
“A 10-yard Marion Barber touchdown run and a franchise-record 57-yard field goal from Robbie Gould put Chicago up 10-0 at the start of the fourth quarter.”
Then the Broncos turned the ball over on a fumble. It looked as if it were over with the Broncos down 10-0 with only 4:34 left in the fourth quarter and no timeouts. But the Broncos got the ball back and, led by Tim Tebow, they worked their way down the field until Tebow found Demaryius Thomas open in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Broncos were down 10-7 with 2:08 remaining in the game. The Broncos got the ball again, and Matt Prater kicked a 59-yard field goal to tie the game in the final three seconds.
In overtime, Bronco Wesley Woodyard forced a fumble from Bears player Marion Barber and Matt Prater kicked his second 50-plus-yard field goal of the game for the Broncos’ 10-13 win!
The Washington Post said it this way:
“Prater’s 51-yarder in overtime that sent the Broncos past the stunned Chicago Bears 13-10 on Sunday was his third straight walk-off field goal. It followed his 59-yarder that tied it with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter.”
The Denver Broncos’ web site gave these stats:
“For the third straight week, Matt Prater has ended the game with a field goal to deliver a Broncos victory on the final play. Prater beat San Diego with a 37-yard kick in overtime in Week 12, Minnesota with a 23-yarder as time expired in the fourth quarter in Week 13 and Chicago with a 51-yard field goal in overtime. With his kick on Sunday, he helped Denver set a franchise record with its third overtime victory of the season.”
Now, with the Broncos’ win/loss record 8/5—that’s 7/1 under Tebow’s quarterbacking—people are again talking about Tim Tebow’s faith. Other professional players, even Christians, have said Tim Tebow should back off his “First of all I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” tag line. But Tim Tebow persists and the affect of his faith is evident on fans everywhere.
Several sound-bites on Denver radio after the game had fans saying, “It’s a miracle” and “You have to believe.”
Another fan, from my current hometown, Pueblo, Colorado, was also on Denver’s local radio. He said during the game he told his friends he’s an agnostic, but if the Broncos pulled this game out, he’d go to church. After the game he said on radio that he already knows where a Catholic mass is near his home, and he’ll be there next Sunday. I’m sure that will be Sunday morning and he’ll be home to in plenty of time to watch the Broncos play New England Patriots.
Tim Tebow’s faith is still the talk of sports-town, and people really are finding God in Tim Tebow . . . again.
Enjoy this YouTube video: Tim Tebow & His Faith
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