Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lakers hold off depleted Grizzlies

Tim Tebow was the hero for the Denver Broncos as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in their AFC wild-card clash on Sunday.

Quarterback Tebow found Demaryius Thomas with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime to give the underdogs a dramatic victory that defied the NFL bets before the game - Denver's first playoff win in six years. The play was the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history at 11 seconds.

The Steelers (12-5), missing top tackler Ryan Clark, lost the contest despite Ben Roethlisberger inspiring a late comeback. The injury-depleted Pittsburgh overcame a two-touchdown halftime deficit to score ten points in the final ten minutes and take the game into overtime.

In the end, Tebow was just too good for the Steelers as their season came to an end. He completed 10 of 21 passes, with Thomas the recipient of four of them for 204 yards after Eric Decker left the field with a left knee injury in the second quarter. Tebow threw for a total of 316 yards and also ran 10 times for 50 yards.

His crowning moment came at the end when he found Thomas and the wide receiver evaded Ryan Mundy on his way to the end zone. The touchdown sparked wild celebrations and led to a victory lap from the Broncos. Tebow and 20 unanswered points in the second quarter proved to be the difference between the two teams.

The Broncos (9-8) will face the top-seeded New England Patriots (13-3) on Saturday night, with last month’s 41-23 defeat at the hands of the same opposition fresh on their minds. Those who bet on NFL games with know they will need all of Tebow’s magic to overcome Tom Brady and the Patriots this time around.

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