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Tim Tebow's Latest Miracle Was His Luckiest One Yet (Insane Luck or Divine intervention?)
Business Insider ^ | 12/12/2011 | Tony Manfred

Posted on 12/12/2011 7:56:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Yes, Tim Tebow played great in the fourth quarter of his miracle comeback against the Bears yesterday

But let's not kid ourselves — Tebow and the Broncos got insanely lucky yesterday.

Here's why they won.

Marion Barber choked, twice. All the Bears running back had to do was fall down in bounds on 2nd down with Chicago up 10-7 and the Broncos unable to stop the clock with under two minutes left. If he simply falls over, Tebow gets the ball back deep in his own territory with less than 20 seconds left, and Denver loses.

Then in overtime, the Bears were a play or two away from bringing on Robbie Gould to kick the game-winning field goal, and Barber decides to dangle the ball away from his body and he gets stripped. If he's protecting that ball there rather than trying to bust a touchdown run, Denver loses.

The Bears thought it'd be a great idea to go into the ultra-prevent with five minutes left. The Chicago D was dominant for the first 55 minute of the game. But then they get up 10 points with five minute left, and they decide to play their safeties 30 yards off the ball. This lets Tebow check down to his wide-open running backs all the way down the field.

What is Chicago doing there? They dominated Tebow all game. But when they get a comfortable lead they decide to call off the dogs?

The thin mountain air made Tebow' job easier. The two field goals that won the Broncos the game were 59 yards and 51 yards.

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KEYWORDS: denverbroncos; nfl; timtebow
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1 posted on 12/12/2011 7:57:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 12/12/2011 7:59:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Tebow is a leader. The teammates believe in him and his leadership. He gets slammed in the media because of his stance on abortion, etc. All he’s done is help the Broncos to an 8-5 record. Go Tim Go.


3 posted on 12/12/2011 8:00:19 AM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Broncs will have to play much better to beat the Patriots next week. Dropped passes were killing the Broncs until just the last few minutes.


4 posted on 12/12/2011 8:01:49 AM PST by MtnClimber ( People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them - Eric Hoffer)
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To: SeekAndFind
Reason why Tim Tebow keeps winning... HE DOES NOT TURN THE BALL OVER.

Since Tebow was named the starter, there are 17 quarterbacks with more touchdowns than interceptions (min. 100 att.). And only five of those have a better TD-INT differential than Tebow.

Here is the full list...


5 posted on 12/12/2011 8:02:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"Marion Barber choked, twice."

Wasn't he mocking Tebow earlier in the week?

6 posted on 12/12/2011 8:02:22 AM PST by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Broncos D and Tebow leadership is getting this done. Tebow says God doesn’t care who wins a football game. Tebow is an outstanding Christian soldier. These articles and some posters around here are redicous.


7 posted on 12/12/2011 8:04:53 AM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: SeekAndFind
Since Tebow was named the starter, there are 17 quarterbacks with more touchdowns than interceptions (min. 100 att.). And only five of those have a better TD-INT differential than Tebow.

Going by ratio, Tebow compares even better.

8 posted on 12/12/2011 8:07:01 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s neither insane luck, nor divine intervention.

Tim Tebow has a lot of unique qualities, and obviously his team mates have bought in. A team with a will, and the right leader can do amazing things. Tebow is not lucky, he’s good, and he’s the right man in the right place, at the right time.

I don’t believe God cares who wins a football game.

And I’m enjoying this.

As a side note, it makes me sad that a religious man gets so much attention, mostly because he is so devout. In today’s America, it’s like he’s a freak. In the America I grew up in, he would have been just another athlete.


9 posted on 12/12/2011 8:09:29 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: choctaw man
I think that it's fantastic to have a sports professional that kids can look up to, rather than one who's one step removed from probation.

That being said, I don't particularly like Tebow's QB'ing. In my head, a QB stands in the pocket and throws the ball. But what the heck, he knows how to win.

Ugly wins, but they're still wins. Kudos really should go to John Fox for recognizing what he's got and adapting his game plan appropriately. Denver fans better get used to a lot of Defense and 10-7 or 16-10 scores.

10 posted on 12/12/2011 8:09:57 AM PST by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind
But let's not kid ourselves — Tebow and the Broncos got insanely lucky yesterday.

Gary Player always said, the more I practice the luckier I get. Tebow and the Broncos put themselves in position to be lucky and they have certainly had enough practice at it this season.

Tebow led a great fourth quarter 80 yard touchdown drive with seven straight complete passes. If he were a felon dog killer, that's all they'd be talking about.

11 posted on 12/12/2011 8:11:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GourmetDan
Wasn't he mocking Tebow earlier in the week?"

No, I guess not. It was others on the team.

12 posted on 12/12/2011 8:12:13 AM PST by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The writer seems worried someone might credit The Almighty with a win.


13 posted on 12/12/2011 8:12:42 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Is Marion Barber proving there’s a reason the Cowboys were willing to get rid of him lucky, divine intervention, or expected?


14 posted on 12/12/2011 8:12:58 AM PST by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: SeekAndFind

All Barber had to do was go down inbounds. The Broncos capitalized twice.


15 posted on 12/12/2011 8:13:40 AM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: choctaw man
Agreed. I wonder though. Do all these pundits think that it was divine intervention when the Patriots were having all those insanely lucky wins on their way to three Super Bowls? I didn't hear the phrase ONCE back then.
Marion Barber didn't drop the ball. He got it stripped from his grasp. That's what winning teams do. But, it's Tebow and he's a Christian...and proudly so...so they just have to slam him and snicker. Couldn't possibly be that he is a kid that has no 'quit' in him or that it rubs off on his teammates. Nah.
16 posted on 12/12/2011 8:14:05 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Attacking Wall Street because you're jobless is like burning down Whole Foods because you're hungry.)
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To: MtnClimber

Every quarterback that has faced the Pats this year has had a career day against the their woeful secondary. Look for Tebow to have his most productive game of the year so far. Pats as usual will have to score 30+ points to win


17 posted on 12/12/2011 8:14:41 AM PST by wally-balls
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To: SeekAndFind

As an avid, rabid Alabama fan, there is no other sports figure I detested more in 2008 than Tim Tebow. The recent attacks on his faith have now turned me into a Tebow supporter and I wish him every success.


18 posted on 12/12/2011 8:14:41 AM PST by Quilla
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To: GourmetDan

No loss to the Cowboys when they let him go.


19 posted on 12/12/2011 8:14:57 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: SeekAndFind
Probably neither. It was the result of hard work and a believing attitude to always perform to ones' highest ability.

Eventually, there will be loses but this victory was stunning.

Tebow's humility in praising the rest of the team shows his true leadership.

20 posted on 12/12/2011 8:15:32 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Moonman62

“Tebow led a great fourth quarter 80 yard touchdown drive with seven straight complete passes. If he were a felon dog killer, that’s all they’d be talking about.”

Tebow is getting more than his share of recognition. I’ve seen the endorsement for the sports drink. Costas did a commentary about Tebow at halftime of last night’s game. And Tebow was the lead topic on Mike & Mike this morning. And all of this attention is deserved. However, I wish the emphasis on his religious nature was more positive, and less as if he were some kind of freak.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 8:17:04 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If he's protecting that ball there rather than trying to bust a touchdown run, Denver loses.

This is a little much. Barber sees the goal line with no one in his path and his eyes open up. The strip was more of a good play than a bad play by Barber. A few minutes earlier Barber made an incredible catch to keep the drive going.

22 posted on 12/12/2011 8:19:29 AM PST by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: SeekAndFind

I actually heard a commentator last nighty say that tebow’s personal values give him a core of principles that helps him lead his team. Now the bronco’s don’t give up. He said even Tebow says God doesn’t care who wins the game. but now the team does.


23 posted on 12/12/2011 8:22:04 AM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s simple in the end. The game is 60 minutes long (and then some, in case of overtime). if you play for only 55 minutes and haven’t built up an insurmountable lead, then the team playing the full 60 minutes can — and often will — come from behind to make you pay for it.

The Broncos, with Tebow, are playing the full 60, every week. Complacency by the other side has let them back into games they shouldn’t have had a shot in.


24 posted on 12/12/2011 8:24:26 AM PST by kevkrom (Separation of Business and State)
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To: SeekAndFind
All I know is that MY prayers were answered yesterday as The Texans scored a tieing touchdown and the winning extra point with 4 seconds remaining in their game with The Bengals.

Division Champion Texans!

25 posted on 12/12/2011 8:24:40 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s simple in the end. The game is 60 minutes long (and then some, in case of overtime). if you play for only 55 minutes and haven’t built up an insurmountable lead, then the team playing the full 60 minutes can — and often will — come from behind to make you pay for it.

The Broncos, with Tebow, are playing the full 60, every week. Complacency by the other side has let them back into games they shouldn’t have had a shot in.


26 posted on 12/12/2011 8:24:47 AM PST by kevkrom (Separation of Business and State)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"Do all these pundits think that it was divine intervention when the Patriots were having all those insanely lucky wins on their way to three Super Bowls?"

No, I imagine they think Bellicek's cheating had more to do with it.

27 posted on 12/12/2011 8:32:45 AM PST by circlecity
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To: GourmetDan

I’m tempted to call him ‘Moron’ Barber...but the Bears’ coaching staff is just as complicit in their stupidity.


28 posted on 12/12/2011 8:33:02 AM PST by mkboyce
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To: brownsfan

I think it’s time to give Lovey Smith the boot. There was no reason for the Bears to lose the last two games.


29 posted on 12/12/2011 8:35:07 AM PST by nikos1121
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30 posted on 12/12/2011 8:35:52 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: choctaw man

He stands for what is right... and that is rare in today’s time. I admire Tebow. MSM is slamming him and making fun of him. They will be amazed at who has the last word.


31 posted on 12/12/2011 8:37:04 AM PST by JFC
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And I’m enjoying this.

Gotta love it mainly because Tebow makes liberal Democrats' heads explode.
I'm waiting for their atheist ACLU to sue.

32 posted on 12/12/2011 8:39:34 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: frogjerk

Barber was lucky they got the next play off before they reviewed that catch in the booth.


33 posted on 12/12/2011 8:43:32 AM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This was not luck for Denver. It most certainly was not "deeee-vine intervention" (what a small minded diety to waste it's time with something as incredibly stupid as American football.)

It was a classic combination of inept, bumbling, idiotic coaching (standard fare for the bears), and a just plain stupid player.

If luck was involved at all, it was contained within a 59 yard field goal which statistics tell us is - at best - highly unlikely.

34 posted on 12/12/2011 8:59:01 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: moonhawk

With a few minutes left in the game the defense goes into a soft zone prevent formation, and Tebow picks them apart.

Stupidity. Complete supidity


35 posted on 12/12/2011 9:04:29 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: SeekAndFind

He and the Broncos are going to have to score a lot more than 13 points to beat an angry and motivated Brady led offense. On the bright side (for him, not for me), there is no better defense in the NFL against which to “get well” than New England.


36 posted on 12/12/2011 9:05:32 AM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: kevkrom

We’ll see how they overcome the 30 points Brady puts on them in the first half, next Sunday.


37 posted on 12/12/2011 9:07:20 AM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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That’ll be just fine, IF it happens.

The Colts were down 31-3 against the patsies - who were also given a 22 point differential.

Then the 2nd half and it was all Colts, still lost, but only 31-24.


38 posted on 12/12/2011 9:12:51 AM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: moonhawk

With a few minutes left in the game the defense goes into a soft zone prevent formation, and Tebow picks them apart.

Stupidity. Complete supidity.


39 posted on 12/12/2011 9:17:32 AM PST by nikos1121
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59 yard field goal is amazing, cowboys choked at the end of their game >.<


40 posted on 12/12/2011 9:17:59 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: SeekAndFind

I watched at my favorite watering hole yesterday, hardly a hangout for the devout, and the anti-Tebow remarks were reminiscent of a crucifixion. It was great to listen to the grumbling at the end though. Supposedly God works in mysterious ways so maybe He’s converting a few sinners. While I have difficulty believing that God even cares who wins a football game, Tebow sure is fun to watch.


41 posted on 12/12/2011 9:18:30 AM PST by oldfart (Obama nation = abomination. Think about it!)
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To: MtnClimber

I think the Broncos realize they can’t wait until the fourth quarter against the Pats.

The good news is that the Patriots’ defense is one of the weaker defenses the Broncos have faced in awhile, and if Denver’s D can keep New England’s offense under 30 points, I think Denver has got a great shot to win. I think Tebow will have his best game yet against New England.


42 posted on 12/12/2011 9:22:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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59 yard field goal is amazing, cowboys choked at the end of their game >.<

And notice Marion Barber was the one that choked for Chicago....you can take the player out of Dallas, but you can't take Dallas out of the player.

43 posted on 12/12/2011 9:23:54 AM PST by dfwgator
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Then the 2nd half and it was all Colts, still lost, but only 31-24.

Don't I know it! See my post 36. Pat's D has a way of making the most mediocre quarterback look like Johnny U, and Tebow (despite what the haters say) is NO mediocre QB. My point is simply that Denver will need more points than they have scored in their last three games combined to win.

44 posted on 12/12/2011 9:25:41 AM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: nikos1121

Yes, losing last week on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the FIRST half is ridiculous.


45 posted on 12/12/2011 9:25:46 AM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Lancey Howard
I love these tebowing pics
www.tebowing.com
46 posted on 12/12/2011 9:30:28 AM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes this was a lot of luck. But the old, reliable Prevent Defense came through again. I will never figure out why coaches love this guaranteed way to convert a win to a loss. How many times have wee seen this?


47 posted on 12/12/2011 9:33:12 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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48 posted on 12/12/2011 9:34:03 AM PST by RummyChick (It's a Satan Sandwich with Satan Fries on the side - perfect for Obama 666)
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49 posted on 12/12/2011 9:34:52 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
I am a Broncos fan and a Tebow fan. But let's get real. Most of the Broncos win streak has been built by beating flawed teams that have found ways to lose. What kind of coach can't figure out to take a knee to win a game?

The entire team has improved since Tebow took over, but especially the defense, which has kept the team in the game. The Broncos are famous for wearing down teams at home due to the elevation. The wins on the road are different. This team is playing hard for Tebow after giving up on Orton. The kicking game is also top quality. Tebow is a leader who has the team playing hard. As a passer, he is erratic.

We will get a better picture of Broncos strength next Sunday.

50 posted on 12/12/2011 9:35:07 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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