January 9, 2012

From ‘nobody’ to ‘everybody’ in 60* minutes

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

Can a team like the Denver Broncos use the oh-so-powerful idiom of “nobody believes in us,” when it has become clear that most of the world might be rooting for their quarterback?

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos did it again on Sunday, stunning the heavily-favoured Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime and advancing to the next round of the playoffs to face the mighty New England Patriots.

Against the Steelers’ vaunted defence, Tebow had a surprisingly decent game. He may have only complete 10-of-21 passes, but thanks to the yards after the catch by Demaryius Thomas on the overtime winner, Tebow compiled 316 total yards.

In fairness, it must be said that Denver’s defence did a lot of the heavy lifting. They created turnovers, got stops and had a couple of big knock downs in the passing game. They even got a bit of luck with that bad snap in the fourth quarter that pushed Pittsburgh out of field goal range – a potential three points that would have drastically altered the game no doubt.

So, does everybody believe in the Broncos’ mystical, potentially ‘divine’ abilities? Well I’m sure they have a lot more believers after Sunday. How that affects them going into New England, who has already dismantled the Broncos – at Mile High no less – just a few weeks ago? Will Tom Brady have another field day against a defence that looked a lot better than in previous weeks? Will the Pats defence be able to pressure Tebow like the last time they met?

Oh, and the asterisk in the title is of course because overtime last as long as it took Thomas to sprint those 80 yards past defenders. Quite a sight.

This week: 3-1
This playoffs: 3-1
This season: 131-120-2

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