Well there it is, Tim Tebow's first loss in the past seven games. The New England Patriots proved to the football world that they are a legitimate title contender by going into Sports Authority Field and beating the Tebow-led Broncos.
More importantly, the New England Patriots proved that Tim Tebow is human and that he can actually lose games. I'm here to tell you why that's the best thing that could have happened for Tim Tebow and the Broncos.
The Broncos have been riding the Tebow train for the past seven weeks, relying on late-game heroics and solid defense to win games. Their train crashed this week when they met Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos got a strong dose of reality this week, bringing Tebow and the Broncos back to earth.
Losing to the Patriots is what the Broncos needed. They needed to be reminded that you can't beat elite football teams with fourth-quarter comebacks and late-game heroics.
The only way the Broncos are going to win in the playoffs—and even make the playoffs for that matter—is to play complete games from the first quarter all the way to the fourth.
Tim Tebow threw for 194 yards on 11 of 22 passing for a quarterback rating of 80.5 percent. He also rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, earning him a 7.8 yards per carry average.
Those stats aren't bad by any means, and they reflect his development as a quarterback, but his lack of passing touchdowns reflects his as well as his receivers' ability to put together a truly complete game.
Will the Broncos benefit from losing to the Patriots?
Tim Tebow will never make it in the NFL as a franchise quarterback if he can't figure out how to play four quarters and get the ball into the end zone through the air. Today's loss to the Patriots reminded him of that.
The last thing the Broncos needed was to win another big game by waiting until the fourth quarter to start playing, reinforcing the concept that they can win without being a complete football team. Sure beating the Patriots would have been quite an accomplishment, but the Broncos didn't lose anything by getting beat by the Patriots, mainly because the Oakland Raiders lost as well.
The Denver Broncos are still in first place in the AFC west division with just two games left, and Tim Tebow is still playing at a decently high level. There is no reason to worry Broncos fans, your team is going to be just fine. I actually think they are going to be better, thanks to this Patriots loss and you should too.
Tim Tebow will surely rebound next week against the faltering Bills, and the defense will get back on track after an ugly performance against the Pats. The Broncos will be better because they got beat by what they aren't, a complete team.
Sure the Patriots don't have a great defense, but they understand how to play for four straight quarters, and getting beat by a team that exemplifies that will benefit the Broncos in the long run.
Look for Tebow and an angry Broncos team to run all over the Bills, who are falling fast, before ending the season against Kansas City.
When the Broncos are two games deep in the AFC playoffs, Broncos fans will look back to this Patriots loss and be glad that it happened.
It's official. Tim Tebow is human, and that's good for the Denver Broncos.