Tim Tebow: What Did the Denver Broncos QB Prove Against the Oakland Raiders?

James WalkerAnalyst IIDecember 19, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after he ran in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Going into this weekend, I, like many other Denver Broncos, Florida Gators and NFL fans, wanted to see what Tim Tebow would do with his first start in the NFL.  With as much hype as this game had, you would think that it was the second coming of Jesus Christ.

One may argue it's as close as we are going to get to the Apocalypse in our lifetime.

With an injured Kyle Orton and third string Brady Quinn standing on the sidelines, Tebow came out onto the field like one of the Caesars on one of antiquity's battlefields.  He was starting in Oakland, not Denver, but it really didn't matter. 

The whole world was watching for one reason or another.

It was 3rd-and-24 at Oakland's 40-yard line on Denver's third possession in the first quarter when the inevitable happened: Tebow went Tebow and ran right up the middle for a touchdown. 

The cheers that erupted were heard around the world.

What happened next on Denver's next possession wasn't suppose to happen.  On second down, Tebow dropped back and threw the ball downfield for 33-yard touchdown to Brandon Lloyd.

Wait—we were told that Timmy couldn't throw the ball.  Surely it was a mistake, yes?  The referees were in shock when it happened that's for sure.  At first they called it an incomplete pass thinking Lloyd was out of bounds, but after a review, the call was reversed.

Touchdown.  Tim Tebow threw a touchdown pass longer than five yards.  The world took time to collect their collective breaths.

The Broncos would struggle throughout the game, and honestly, Tebow didn't look NFL perfect whatsoever.  The fact is he didn't have to look perfect—he looked like Tim Tebow.

The Broncos didn't ask Tebow to do much.  Perhaps the catch phrase "he managed the game" is the best way to describe Tebow's performance.  That being said, one may argue that Tebow didn't lose the game for Denver, but his teammates failed to show up.

No, we do not know if Tebow will make it in the NFL after this one game.  Clearly, he still has a lot to learn and improve on.  However, the Broncos faithful and NFL got a look at what the Gator Nation has known all along, and that is Tim Tebow is a leader.  He is a competitor.  And, he will get better.

The big question remains: Will his teammates improve along with him?  Time will only tell.