Steelers vs Broncos: Live Score, Video, Tweets & Analysis for AFC Wild Card Game

Matt BirchFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2012

Mike Wallace hauls in a catch for a big gain.
Mike Wallace hauls in a catch for a big gain.Al Bello/Getty Images

Tim Tebow, the most polarizing player in the NFL this season, came through in the clutch in today's AFC Wild Card matchup.

Although his role was reversed in this particular game, as the Broncos jumped out to a two-touchdown lead in the first half, and it was the Steelers that would have to play from behind.

After the Steelers recovered a Willis McGahee fumble midway through the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger led the team down the field with a spectacular drive, even playing on an injured ankle. And the drive ended with the game-tying touchdown, a 31-yard completion to WR Jerricho Cotchery.

So the game went to overtime, with the score tied at 23-23.

And then, we were given a healthy dose of 'Tebow Time.'

On the first play of overtime, faced with a first-and-10 scenario, everyone expected Denver to run out of the read-option or with McGahee rushing in between the tackles. Of course they were going to play it conservative, right? 

So DC Dick LeBeau decided to stack the box and over-play the run, by moving both safeties up into the box.

This was the exact mistake that Tebow needed.

Tebow found WR Demaryius Thomas running over the middle for a 20-yard gain. He then put a great stiff-arm on Steelers CB Ike Taylor at mid-field and he was off to the races.

The end result was the game-winning touchdown, as no Steelers defender would be able to track him down.

Tebow got the job done in the clutch today—again. He may have only completed 10 passes, but he made them count, accumulating 316 passing yards in the victory (two touchdowns).

All Tim Tebow does is win.

Final score: Broncos 29, Steelers 23