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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Tim Tebow isn’t short on belief — or miracle finishes

“If you believe, unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.” — Tim Tebow

He sounds more like Walt Disney than an NFL quarterback, but, at this point, there’s no longer much of a reason to question Tim Tebow, is there?

He doesn’t have the best delivery, he is average at best over the first three quarters. This has all been noted. But when it comes to crunch time, the Denver Broncos’ quarterback is money — magical money. With a little luck (and major help from star-crossed Marion Barber), Tebow led the Broncos to another fourth-quarter rally and overtime win Sunday, beating the Chicago Bears 13-10. He now has the most game-winning drives — six — in overtime or the fourth quarter by any quarterback over his first 11 starts (since the AFL-NFL merger).

And the Broncos, with a stifling defense, are 8-5 with a six-game winning streak; they’re 7-1 since Tebow was named the starter. There’s clearly something happening here.

“I think it's pretty special that we have a team that constantly believes and believes in each other,” Tebow said.

I see evidence of the Mile High Magic coming back - A memorable performance by our team, including the best fans in the NFL!Mon Dec 12 15:48:47 via web


Occasionally a very good passer? Yes. (John Leyba / AP)
Oh. Don’t look to the Broncos for eloquent explanations, either. “We have a lot of fighters in here,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “... I do shake my head. It's like, 'Here we go again.' But we find a way.”

“I just tried to not screw it up as a coach,” John Fox said, “just let the players play.”

Even Tebow was somewhat amused after Sunday’s win. How to explain Barber doing what he rarely does — stopping the clock by running out of bounds near the end of regulation and giving the Broncos more precious seconds and, in overtime, losing a fumble in overtime?

“I might have thanked the Lord when he did that,” Tebow said with a laugh. “I might have said, "Oh, the Lord has something to do with it now.’ ”


A very good running back? Yes. (Jack Dempsey / AP)
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher isn’t experiencing Tebowmania and he may have a legitimate point in his description, which was part begrudging, backhanded compliment, of Tebow. Of course, his defense didn’t stop Tebow when it mattered, so it sounds a little like sour grapes. “He’s a good running back, man,” Urlacher said (via Brad Biggs). “He runs the ball well.”

Tebow’s response? Turn the other cheek. “Coming from a really good player, that means a lot.”

No controversy here. Move along...to the next game Sunday in Denver against the New England Patriots. It’s the hotly-anticipated Tom Brady-vs.-Tebow matchup that the NFL declined to flex into prime time “Sunday Night Football.” Booooooo.

So, as with all the other weeks, fans will just have to find the game. Perhaps the team itself will even win some converts.

“I don't think it's Tebow time,” the quarterback said. “I just think it's Bronco time.”

Don’t you dare not believe him.

BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION ON TEBOW...

Kurt Warner’s message: Tone down the religious rhetoric

Jay Cutler’s thumb: Reporter asks Tebow for a prayer

Last week: Another miracle

Achenblog: Destroying the QB metric

Jenkins: Tebow shows you can’t fake leadership

The League: The man behind Tim Tebow

On Leadership: Putting faith in Tim Tebow

Q&A: Why does Tebow grab so much attention? How far can he go?

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