Tim Tebow: Wild-Card Game vs. Steelers Will Be QB's Final Start in NFL

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 8, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes witht the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 7-3 as the Broncos advanced to the AFC playoffs.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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All great things eventually come to an end.

I don't know if you can classify Tim Tebow's run as a starting quarterback in the NFL as "great," but it is coming to an end.

After a tough start to the season, the Denver Broncos named Tebow starting quarterback in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

The Broncos won that game. They lost the following game against the Lions, but then went on a six-game winning streak putting them at an 8-5 record.

Things were suddenly great in Denver.

Tebow wasn't winning pretty, but he was winning. The Broncos were close to cementing a playoff berth and the AFC West Championship.

Then, teams figured Tebow out. The formula on how to stop the beloved quarterback surfaced.

It was simple, but efficient. Heavy pressure and press man coverage on the outside.

Stumped, the Broncos fell in their final three games of the season. The grumbling has started. It appeared that Tebow Time had run out.

However, the Broncos limped into the playoffs. A Raiders loss in Week 17 allowed Denver to capture the AFC West and advance to the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

There, they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers this afternoon.

This is where Tebow's story ends.

If you thought Tebow and the Broncos offense looked bad against the Kansas City Chiefs, just imagine how the No. 1-ranked defense in the league will make them look.

The Steelers should have no problem handling the Broncos this afternoon. When they do, the Broncos organization will have an important decision to make.

Move ahead with Tebow, or cut ties and move in a new direction.

After recent weeks, it seems pretty clear that Tebow doesn't have what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the league.

Denver will realize that and move in a new direction.