Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow's Top 5 Fourth-Quarter and Overtime Finishes
Just when we thought it was over after three rough games, Tim Tebow Mania is still alive and well.
Sunday evening, Tebow and the Denver Broncos did it again with a huge scoring play in overtime, resulting in a stunner and another thrilling game involving Tebow and the Broncos.
It is no secret why football fans wanted to get a chance to watch Tebow during the regular season. Every football fan lives to watch those majestic and surreal endings. For those who don't have the NFL Network or did not get any Broncos games in their area, they got a chance to see Tebow's hot finishes this Sunday in the playoffs.
Love him or hate him, Tebow is good for the NFL as he draws a lot of attraction for games.
Let's look back at the top five games Tebow and the Broncos have been a part of that have put us spectators on the edge of our seats.
5. Miracle Comeback in Miami (Week 7)
With three minutes remaining in Miami, it seemed as if the Dolphins were going to pick up their first victory of the season. With their team leading 15-0, Dolphins fans checked out of Sun Life Stadium with a smile. Some Broncos fans in attendance probably left with frowns on their faces.
But for Tebow, it isn't over until it is over.
Tebow rallied the Broncos to an 18-0 run in a short amount of time. Tebow got the Broncos a touchdown, followed by another touchdown to make the score 15-13. Tebow ran the ball in for the two-point conversion, tying the game at 15.
The Broncos went into their first of four overtime games of the season. The Broncos survived in overtime in Miami after kicker Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal to win it.
4. Shootout with Vikings (Week 13)
This wasn't your typical Tebowmania finisher. However, it was a roller-coaster game with a lot of ups and downs for both teams.
The Minnesota Vikings traded punches all game long with the Broncos. The Vikings had a 29-21 lead going into the fourth quarter until Willis McGahee rushed 24 yards for a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion from Tebow to tie it at 29.
Later in the fourth quarter, Ryan Longwell made a field goal to take back the lead for Minnesota. But Tebow and the Broncos set up Prater for a game-tying field goal and a game-winning field goal all with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
The Broncos' streak of success late in football games continued to unfold.
3. Inbounds, Fumble and a Pair of 50-Yarders (Week 14)
Some people use the word lucky to describe Tebow's close games. If Tebow and the Broncos were involved in any lucky contests, this was it right here.
Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber made two crucial errors in this game to help the Broncos come back and win. Following a late touchdown score to get the Broncos on the board, Barber ran out of bounds on the next Bears possession.
This gave Tebow and the Broncos time to set up a 59-yard field goal by Prater to force overtime.
In overtime, Barber does another favor for the Broncos when it appeared he had nothing but the end zone ahead of him. Barber fumbled the football at the Broncos 35-yard line.
The Broncos took advantage and set Prater up for another field goal. Prater followed through with a 51-yard field goal to win in overtime.
2. Tebow Runs Through Jets (Week 11)
This is one of the most viewed highlights, not only because it was on NFL Network and many people missed it, but it ended in crazy fashion with Tebow remarkably leading his team to a 95-yard touchdown drive.
Tebow capped off the long drive with a 20-yard touchdown run on a 3rd-and-4 play, leaving 58 seconds on the game clock.
This was also the start of Tebowmania.
1. Overtime Dagger (Wild Card Round)
Right when Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had momentum to start the game, Tebow got the Broncos going by accumulating 20 points in the second quarter. However, the Broncos only managed to come away with three points in the second half as the Steelers scored 17 to tie the game at 23 and force overtime.
The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to receive. On the first play of overtime, Tebow found Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown catch-and-run to end the game in style.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why it's called Tebowmania.