Posted Wed May 23rd by Tim Lynch
It is nice to have a couple plays in my top 5 that are still fresh in our recent memories. Tim Tebow may no longer be on the Denver Broncos roster, but there is little doubt in my mind that his pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime back in January sent all of us screaming into the wind.
I am not ashamed to admit that I was disappointed when the Broncos traded Tebow, even though I understood why it was done. I decided early on that I would celebrate his time with the Broncos and be proud of the success he brought our beleaguered franchise. Lifting it up from the ashes that Josh McDaniels had wrought.
The 2011 season was almost as magical as the 1977 season and this play was its capstone.
Situation: AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The worst quarterback in human history against the NFL’s number one defense.
The Play: Tim Tebow capped off a 316 yard shredding of the Steelers defense with a perfectly thrown ball to Demaryius Thomas who, after one strong stiff arm, bolted 80 yards to win the game.
I lost my voice screaming in elation many times during the 2011 season. The Dolphins game. The Jets game. The Bears game. To name a few. However, this play caused me to freak out like I hadn’t done since at least the 2005 playoffs, maybe even not since the John Mobley pass breakup in Super Bowl XXXII. Perhaps it was because the Broncos had just a 1% chance of making the playoffs in Week 8 of the season and to have such a reversal of fortunes made the play even more incredible. I think it also had to do with my feeling that we finally had a quarterback with heart and determination, if somewhat rough around the edges. Naturally, a lot has happened since then and I’ve digressed. The play itself was remarkable and will remain in my top 5 for quite some time.
I leave you with my favorite video of this moment.