Tim Tebow: Fluke Victory More Thanks to Teammates Than Golden Boy

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Eddie Royal #19 against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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All hail the conquering Tebow.

After last week's showing against the Detroit Lions that left some wondering if Tebow might be the worst quarterback in the NFL and started an "Anything > Tim Tebow" meme over at ESPN.com, the man himself led the Denver Broncos to a decisive victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Only, they didn't win because of Tebow. They won because of everyone else.

Yes, he did rush for over 100 yards, and yes, he did manage to convert two of his measly 10 completions for touchdowns. But don't let those numbers fool you. Anyone who actually watched that game knew that it was the other guys on the team who carried Tebow to the promised land of victory.

Willis McGahee turned back the clock for a masterful performance, especially in the second half, rushing for 163 yards and two scores. His 60-yard touchdown run pulled Denver even with Oakland to close the third quarter and his 24-yard TD run with two minutes left iced the game.

And let's not forget Eddie Royal's 85-yard punt return that put the Broncos ahead for good with six minutes to go in the game.

With every play that mattered down the stretch, it was Tebow's teammates who came through.

To get a better sense of Tebow's contribution, look at Denver's 3-12 conversion rate on third down. Or his 48 percent completion rate. It wasn't a pretty performance by any means. Then again, the way the man throws a football, will we ever see a pretty performance by him?

Tebow did what he could with his legs and made a couple of good throws, but let's not go crowning him over this win. I can admit that he did enough to keep his team in the game so that his teammates could come through in the end, but by no means should we assume this means Tim Tebow proved all his doubters wrong today.

There's at least one of us who still isn't convinced.