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Published on 11/27/2011 at Sun Nov 27 18:24.
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Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos passes the ball to Runningback Willis McGahee #23 against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on November 27, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

At this point, the ability for Tim Tebow to construct a fourth quarter game-winning drive isn’t the thing of legend; it’s trivial.

You know the Denver Broncos quarterback is going to put his team in a position to win the game. It’s only a matter of time.

But with minutes remaining in overtime, even Broncos fans had their doubts: there was no time left. And there Tebow stood, another stretch of football field to traverse, where a handful of drives in the fourth quarter and overtime had fallen short. Had the magic run out?

Maybe it did. Maybe the Broncos’ defense had to supply some magic of their own. Their clutch play through five periods of football deserves more praise than any one player alone. Maybe Willis McGahee, newly-named team captain, decided to put the team on his shoulders. Because after San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak missed a game-winning 53-yard field goal attempt, it was McGahee’s 24-yard run that put the Broncos in position to win. Matt Prater sealed the deal to topple the Chargers in San Diego, 16-13.

Give Tebow credit for the ability to tie the game late in the fourth quarter all the same.

The defense was dominant: Philip Rivers was held to 188 passing yards and a dismal 77.1 passer rating. Tebow, for a change, had a decent day of passing. He went 9 of 18 for 143 yards and a 95.4 passer rating.

The Broncos move to 6-5 and remain a game back in the AFC West. The Chargers, losers of six straight, fall to 4-7.

  • Anonymous

    Thats a fact Tom… Very hard, even when one of the 4 teams are big dominant.

  • Anonymous

    I’d agree with this as well Rob, but do remember that Elli can toss it down field quite accurately and did to win that game. I think for sure they are doing a little more a bit at a time. I think that if they give it all in a hurry it could cause a set back. However your point is a good one!

  • Anonymous

    SD didn’t go to rushing only 3 until the last of the game, they sent 4 the majority of the time before that. And it, in my opinion, cost them the game. Had they kept sending 4 they may have faired a bit better… I’m glad they didn’t :-).

  • Anonymous

    “If you score 40 but give up 38, you are no better than a team that scores 16 but gives up 13.”

    Have always agreed with this but saying that you barley see a blow out isn’t accurate. We’ve seen them this year!

  • Anonymous

    I fully understood what you were saying FL,  you made your point quite well. I “liked” it :-).

  • Anonymous

    I agree with all of this and while I do not share his beliefs I applaud him whole heartedly for expressing them openly. I’ve never questioned any of this, I’ve always thought well of him for some of the things you mentioned.

    But that does not make an NFL QB. But it doesn’t hurt either ;-).

  • King

    And what’s funny is Hoge keeps moving the goalposts.  It’s comical to watch his commentary on Tebow.  He gets more and more angry every week.  lol

  • flbronc

    “If you score 40 but give up 38, you are no better than a team that scores 16 but gives up 13.”

    Kind of… but if you are a team capable of only scoring 19.3 points on average, you are in deep crap when you get into a shootout.  that is my point.  inevitably we’ll be in a ‘shoot out type game’ when the defense doesn’t play as well as it has the last 6 weeks.  If we score 19 and they score 40, that’s a blowout.

    (i would call the 40 to 38 score you mentioned a shoot out)

  • Anonymous

    Thats what I thought!!!

    If your going to talk shit to someone at least know why and have something behind it! What are you 12?

    Dork…lol. ;-)