NFL Playoffs 2012: The Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow, Buck the Mighty Steelers in OT

Matthew YazoContributor IJanuary 9, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to deliver a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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John Elway was smiling.  Grinning.  Cheering, in fact, as he raised his arms up in the victory formation after Tim Tebow tossed up what was, ultimately, the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas took the newfound NFL rules for OT and shoved them down the Steelers' throat with an exclamation point fit for a king.

Yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 10-point favorites, according to Vegas, fell to the Denver Broncos after a valiant fourth-quarter comeback by Pittsburgh.

All bets aside, it was a fun game.  

And the storylines had no choice but to echo across the media for at least the next week and offseason to come.

If you're sick of Tebow, cover your ears, because his name will be etched into the spinal chords of all those who watch or even speak about sports for the week to come.  And rightly so.  He did what he had to do when he needed to do it.  And so did the rest of the Denver Broncos, for that matter.

It's always a milestone for a quarterback to get his first win in the playoffs.  And Tebow did exactly that when he needed to. 

Sure, he missed a few here, but if an alien had swooped down and watched that game, he wouldn't have known one way or the other if Tebow was doing well or poorly throughout the contest.

Tebow had one of his best games as a pro.

But he wasn't alone.

This was a win for the Denver Broncos and a loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(Yes, Steelers lost.  I know.  It's the end of the world.  But hey, it happens)

Elvis Dumervil (remember him) got into it.  Von Miller was held and double-teamed all game.  Champ—Future Hall of Famer—Bailey kept his nose and fingertips in plays when they mattered most.

And let us not forget for a single moment that the Denver offensive line, which is still as much as a no-name since Mark Schlereth decreed such a thing back in the late 90s, was an absolute powerhouse.

This was a team win—as all wins are—but more so in this case considering the circumstances all around.

The locker room should be a carnival.

Even Willis McGahee should be cheering, even though he almost cost Denver the game.

It's an "oops, oh well," "let's add to the drama" type of moment.

It's part of the bonanza of Denver Bronco/John Fox/Tim Tebow Football.

That age old chorus of: "It ain't over 'til it's over!" rings truer until it magnifies into a massive, sweeping phenomenon affectionately known as:

Tebow Time.