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Oakland needed to keep winning to keep this red-hot team off of their heels.
They couldn't do it.
The Denver Broncos needed only to find a way to beat a 2-9 team in Minnesota.
And in classic 2011 Broncos fashion, they found themselves winning another game in the final seconds this Sunday, rightfully keeping their spot as the No. 1 clutch factor in the NFL.
The Broncos' clutch factor has a name. It's Tim Tebow.
With the help of this tremendous Denver defense—anchored by rookie Von Miller—the Broncos have pulled off the most unlikely of wins.
Coming back in the final 2:44 against Miami, down 15 points, scoring two touchdowns and successfully converting a two-point conversion to get the game into overtime and win with a field goal is enough to make this team No. 1.
But that's not the only comeback Tebow and the Broncos are responsible for this year.
Tebow now owns five fourth-quarter or overtime game-winning drives in his first 10 starts as an NFL player.
And now this five-game win streak has resulted in them moving all the way from dead last in the AFC West with a record of 1-4 to tied for first with Oakland at 7-5.
If that's not clutch, I don't know what is.