I can't believe I'm about to write the words I'm about to write. But given the circumstances, I know that I must.
It's time to believe in Tim Tebow, folks.
In case you weren't watching, he and the Denver Broncos won another game, their sixth in a row. As for how they won, well, I'll let you take a wild guess.
I'll give you a hint. They needed to activate Tebow Time.
Yup, he did it again. The Broncos were down 10-0 to the Chicago Bears in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, and Tebow led them on a comeback. His 10-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 2:08 remaining pulled the Broncos to within three points. The Broncos were then able to force a three-and-out, and Tebow took over and led a charge to the Chicago 41-yard line.
With three seconds left, Matt Prater drilled a 59-yard kick that looked like it would have been good from 69.
The miracles kept coming in overtime. The Bears possessed the ball first, but they gave it up when Marion Barber, playing in place of injured starter Matt Forte, fumbled the ball away. A few plays later, Prater drilled another field goal from 51 yards away.
Final score: Broncos 13, Bears 10. Tebow Time prevailed once again.
At this point, there's only so much left to be said about Tebow time. So I'll just skip it and say this: It's for real. We simply have too much evidence to believe in it.
Tebow is one of the most baffling quarterbacks ever, but we at least know that he's going to show up when it counts. That's more than you can say about 90 percent of the league's quarterbacks.
It's at this point that somebody usually says that Tebow will meet his match sooner or later. When he does, the Broncos will fold and it will be clear that Tebow is, after all, human.
To be perfectly honest, I'm not so sure. Nothing Tebow and the Broncos do is pretty, but they've done enough to prove that there's no game they can't win.
Tebow deserves a lot of credit for this, but the defense deserves even more credit. Make no mistake, this is an elite unit. With one exception (last week's game against Minnesota), Denver's defense has been able to keep every offense under wraps, and every game close. It is because of the defense that Tebow Time is able to exist.
For lack of a better word, the Broncos have established a formula: the defense sets 'em up, and Tebow knocks 'em down.
As simple as this formula may be, I don't see why it would disappear once the Broncos make the playoffs. Their defense is good enough to hang with any team in the AFC, and Tebow is good enough to bury any team in the AFC. It helps that the conference is experiencing something of a down year.
It won't be easy, that much is certain. But Tebow and the Broncos should be used to that by now. None of their wins have been easy. In fact, I'd wager they're more battle-tested than just about any team in the NFL.
So if any team in the NFL can go all the way, why not the Broncos?
It could happen. You had best start coming to grips with the idea that the Broncos could go all the way.
In other words, it's time to believe that they can.