SoRaspy: Broncos Top Steelers 29-23 in Overtime Thriller
The title is correct. There was no type-o. The Denver Broncos won their Wild Card Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in overtime.
ESPN analysts refused to pick Denver to win this game, with 10 analysts/computers picking the Steelers. Especially after the way that Tebow played in his last three match-ups of the regular season.
Can you blame them? I mean, Tebow’s 80.5, 37.9, and 20.6 QB ratings over the last three weeks, respectively, aren’t anything to brag about. Tebow stepped up big time at home against the Steelers #1 ranked defense.
While his throwing statistics don’t suggest it with him completing just 10 of 21 passes, he still totaeld 316 yards, and two touchdowns, for an average of 15.0 per passes attempt. Keep in mind it’s good to have a 7-7.5 YPA. He doubled that.
In addition, he carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards and had a rushing touchdown.
Turnovers helped Tebow and the Broncos out, as they intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and forced a couple of fumbles that hurt the Steelers.
Don’t forget that the Broncos defense got to Big Ben five times, and had numerous hurries.
Ben was a bit reckless throwing the football, completing 22 of 40 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and interception. But his throws were off, and he couldn’t get anything going down field with his receivers.
Unfortunately, nobody is talking about Isaac Redman who stepped up with 121 yards on just 17 carries for the Steelers. Perhaps it’s because he didn’t get into the end zone, and because Pittsburgh didn’t win.
Regardless, the Pittsburgh secondary is the one to blame for this one. Free safety Ryan Clark was forced to sit out of the game because of a sickle cell disorder that effects his health when playing in high altitudes.
Cornerback William Gay was picked on heavily and gave up a few big plays, most notably early on when Eddie Royal got behind him for an unexpected 30 yard touchdown.
The first half was owned by Denver, as they went in to halftime with a 20-6 lead. The second half was owned by Pittsburgh who held the Broncos to just a Matt Prater field goal in the 4th quarter, while scoring 17 points of their own.
But the overtime was owned by the Broncos, and it only took one play.
On the first play of overtime, Tebow found standout second year man Demaryius Thomas over the middle for an 80 yard touchdown play. Thomas caught the ball in stride, and broke a couple easy tackles, while prancing into the end zone.
The win for Denver pits them against the New England Patriots on the road. The Patriots put a pretty big spanking on the Broncos in Week 15, beating them 41-23, while Tebow was ineffective throwing the ball against the league’s worst pass defense.
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