Posted Thu Nov 17th by Monty
The Denver Broncos defense did everything it could to put the football game within reach.
Then Tim Tebow did the rest.
95 yards away from a victory, 55 minutes into a football game in which the offense was completely ineffective, the Broncos quarterback transformed. Three quarters of offensive putridity was forgotten. The statistical shortcomings, irrelevant. All that mattered was the scoreboard: a four-point deficit, and a football field to travel.
The Tim Tebow that started four offensive series in Jets’ territory and had three points to show for it was gone. The Tim Tebow that underthrew and overthrew receivers was history. The Broncos emptied the backfield; they gave Tebow an extra blocker and let him execute an offense the way he knew how. And on a 20-yard run with less than two minutes to play, Tebow dodged a handful of tacklers and ran into the end zone.
“We have a resiliency,” Tebow said. “We have a tough team that’s going to keep fighting for 60 minutes.”
The defense sealed the deal (Orange Sunday remembered — no pass interference this time), and the Broncos went on to win, 17-13.
“I trust him,” Von Miller said, who had two sacks on the night. “I hope he shut up a bunch of critics today.”
The Broncos defense should trust themselves, as well. They hassled and harassed Mark Sanchez to the point of ineffectiveness that rivaled Tebow’s early struggles. Andre Goodman‘s pick-six of Sanchez emphasized the Broncos’ defensive night.
And they played smart, penalty-free football to end the game.
The Broncos have won three straight to move back into .500, and NFL relevance. They’ll face the San Diego Chargers, aiming to complete a season sweep of the AFC West when on the road.