After Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos lost in improbable fashion to the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night, some couldn't help but wonder what would have happened if Tim Tebow were still at the helm of the Broncos.
One of those people was Tebow's brother, Peter, but he has since tweeted his apologies:
My comment after the game was uncalled for. I may root for another team but I should never gloat about anyone's misfortune. I'm truly sorry.— Peter Tebow (@petertebow) January 14, 2013
After Denver's 38-35 double-overtime loss to Baltimore on Saturday, Peter Tebow tweeted:
Am I the only one in Denver who's happy right now?— Peter Tebow (@petertebow) January 13, 2013
Presumably, he was happy that Denver suffered a devastating loss after trading Tebow to the New York Jets in the 2012 offseason in order to acquire Manning.
Tebow was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 draft and played in only nine games during his rookie season while starting three, finishing with a 1-2 record. In 2011, however, he revitalized the organization, stepping in as the starting quarterback after the bye week and going 7-4 with 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In his most memorable moment of the season, he led the Broncos to a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers during Wild Card weekend, throwing the game-winning 80-yard touchdown bomb to Demaryius Thomas mere seconds into overtime.
While Tebow was able to win a playoff game in overtime, Manning was not. The future Hall of Famer—who now has eight career playoff one-and-done's to his name—couldn't get the Broncos on the board in either overtime period and threw an interception in the second overtime when he attempted an across-the-body pass to the middle of the field.
It was that pick that directly led to the Ravens' game-winning 47-yard field goal.
Prior to the crushing playoff loss, Manning was having a storybook season following neck surgery that kept him out for the entirety of 2011. He led the Broncos to a 13-3 regular-season record and helped them snag the top seed in the AFC when they finished they year with 11 consecutive wins.
Manning finished the 2012 regular season with 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, the third-best mark in the NFL.
Tim Tebow has kept mum regarding his feelings about the Broncos' tough loss, but you have to figure that he would be a bit more tactful than his brother. He may have had a big playoff win last year, but as far as this year goes, he only got into two games with the Jets and made just eight pass attempts.
By all indications, he doesn't have much to brag about.