Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos: Is God Playing Favorites?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IINovember 19, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the game against New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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He didn't turn water into wine, but Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an improbable victory on Thursday night over the New York Jets.

Anyone who watched the game couldn't fathom him leading Denver 95 yards to a score, but then they don't know Tim Tebow.

He can go the entire game and look like he couldn't start for your high school team, but if the game is in doubt near the end, you don't want the ball in his hands.

That's not just me saying it. Former coach Herman Edwards said those exact words on SportsCenter after the game.

"If Tim Tebow has the ball at the end of the game and it's close, he's going to win."

Nobody thinks he's any good, but he keeps on winning football games. Since taking over the job from Kyle Orton, the Broncos have gone 4-1 to even up their season record at 5-5.

He's been questioned his entire life. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy at Florida, and being part of two national championship teams, people didn't think he could play quarterback at the NFL level.

They questioned Denver's sanity when they used a first-round draft pick on him, and now he's a starter and winning ball games.

Is he a mirage? Did he sell his soul? (I better not go there.)

I won't bore you with his statistics because they're not worthy of mention. He's not about the numbers—he's about winning, and that's all he has done his entire life.

I would say he throws like a girl, but that would be insulting to the female population.

Ron Jaworski echoed my sentiments on Friday on ESPN Radio saying, "He doesn't throw well enough to think he's an NFL quarterback."

Thursday night's comeback might have been unexpected, but not for him. There's daylight savings time, and there's Tim Tebow time—and that's late in the 4th quarter.

Despite punting the ball for eight consecutive possessions, you could see his confidence—it was time—as he looked up to the sky and knew 95 yards was child's play with the man on his side.

He ran for 57 yards on six touches in those final minutes, culminating the drive with a 20-yard scamper into the end zone for a 17-14 victory.

That paled compared to him leading his team back from 15-0 with three minutes left against the Miami Dolphins and winning 18-15 in overtime a few weeks back.

That was the first time in NFL history a team rallied from that deficit with so little time left on the clock to win. 

Tebow is a religious guy, and he wears it on his sleeve, if not his eye shadow. He can't do so in the NFL, but he was known to paint a verse or two of the Good Word in college.

Players often get together for a prayer session in the locker room or even on the field. Tim Tebow is not the only devout Christian playing in the league.

You would think God doesn't play favorites.

But what if he does, and he's a Tim Tebow fan?