However, even with Tebow’s great game against the No. 1 passing defense in the league, this week will see the end of Tebow-mania because of the New England Patriots learning from the mistakes of the Steelers.
On Tebow’s 10th, and last completion that won the Broncos the game in overtime, Denver sucked the Steelers top-rated passing defense into leaving the entire middle of the field open.
Coming out of the huddle to begin overtime, the Denver Broncos had 24 first downs in the game. On 23 of those plays, they ran the ball.
Knowing this, the Pittsburgh Steelers loaded the box and brought both safeties up, just like the Broncos thought they would. When receiver Demaryius Thomas saw the safety creep up before the snap, he knew all he had to do was beat the cornerback and the middle of the field would be wide open.
So when quarterback Tim Tebow took the snap from the Broncos own 20-yard line, he put the ball into running back Willis McGahee's gut, giving the Broncos 24 runs on 25 first downs.
Plus, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is near perfect at Gillette Stadium this year. Brady went an impressive 7-1, with a 66 completion percentage, 2,540 passing yards and 16 touchdown passes.
While playing at home has seen Brady have some big games, Brady will benefit this week from playing his divisional round opponent already.
Against the Denver Broncos in Week 15, Brady went off on the Denver secondary for 320 yards and two touchdowns. With a full week off to rest and prepare for the Broncos, there is no reason why he shouldn’t see the same stats this week.
Plus, when the weather drops below 40-degrees—as temperatures do in Foxboro, Mass. in January—Brady has some amazing stats this year (1,093 yards and eight touchdowns to one interception).
With Tebow not being able to suck the Patriots defense into playing near the line abandoning the safety help, plus Brady being so good at home, it will result in the magical run of Tebow coming to an end.
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