Tim Tebow works more fourth-quarter magic


The Broncos get the jump on Tim Tebow after he scored the game-winning touchdown. They should probably be more careful about ths. (Garrett Ellwood / Getty Images)

What more is there to say? He continued to be the embodiment of the NBA — you do remember the NBA — with another must-see fourth quarter. The rest of the game: Meh. But the final 5:54? Just a 95-yard drive, with a 20-yard scamper for the game-winning touchdown with 1 minute, 8 seconds left. (Watch here.) Just another victory as the Denver Broncos moved to 4-1 under Tebow and 5-5 overall with a 17-13 victory over the skidding New York Jets.

His overall night, 9-of-20 passing for 104 yards, will do nothing to convince critics that he can be an NFL quarterback. Nor will the off-the-back-foot, ungainly throws. But something undeniably is going on here. So, basically, both Tebow’s detractors and boosters are correct.

“Everybody looks at him from the outside,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “They don't see what he has on the inside. Yeah, he might not be the greatest passer. But give him a chance at the end? I've never seen anything like it.”


Tebow, post-touchdown. (Garrett Ellwood / Getty Images)

“That's Tim Tebow,” linebacker Von Miller said. “I'm going to ride with him to the end.”

Speaking of Von Miller...


Von Miller sacks Mark Sanchez. (Barry Gutierrez / AP)

It helped Tebow that the New York Jets are a mess, a bad team incapable of backing up its swagger. In their second crushing loss in four days, Mark Sanchez continued to have clock management issues and threw a pick six. And Rex Ryan’s vaunted defense failed to measure up. (Example: Eddie Royal wriggled free from the grasp of Jim Leonhard on the first play of the game-winning drive. Further example: the Jets’ decision to blitz on third and four at their 20 with a 13-10 lead. Tebow beat the blitz around the corner and scored.)

The Broncos are winning with Tebow in the same way the Florida Gators won with him. He isn’t perfect, as Yahoo’s Doug Farrar points out, but “there are ways in which he’s able to make things work.” There’s jabber that he’s better suited to tight end or running back in the NFL, but, until someone stops him in big moments as the quarterback, he’s going to stay where he is...at the controls of an offense that Coach John Fox isn’t going to let him mess up. Not while Von Miller has a say in the matter.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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