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Published on 05/23/2012 at Wed May 23 12:00.
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Tim Tebow after Demaryius Thomas takes his pass to the house to win the game in overtime. (AP)

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.

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  • Tom9798

    Tim, thanks! . . . I freaked out all over again! . . . great read and outstanding video! . . . T

  • Monty

    We might not have landed Peyton Manning without this throw, and this win. Just maybe not.

    Hopefully THAT’S why (along with a Manning Super Bowl victory or two) this play will stand the test of time in Broncos history 10, 50 years down the line.

  • Tim Lynch

    Alls I gotta say is…Brock FREAKING Osweiler better make good.  haha

  • Anonymous

    Tebow to DT. The stiff arm felt round the world. The stadium (and me hosting a Broncos/Steelers party at my house with 10 Steelers fan in attendance) going berserk.

    I’ll never forget that play….ever. Pure epic-ness.

  • Anonymous

    The horrid irony if Tebow does something similar to us in a future playoff game!

  • Bada Bing

    AWESOME (recent) flashback, Tim! I remember this game so vividly — and not just because it was so recent. To me, it’s #2 on my Broncos list (behind Elway’s helicopter — because after that play I just KNEW Denver was gonna upset the Packers…but I digress). 

    The TnT Play (Tebow ‘n Thomas) was such a glorious moment for me because I had to watch the game in pure silence. You see, I cover the Giants for Metro New York Newspaper and this game came on just after the Giants beat the Falcons — and just as I’m about to write my game story. The press room TV had the game on mute, which just added to my angst. 

    The unwritten rule in the press box is NO CHEERING, so as I’m wrapping up my story, the game is about to go into halftime. I had a unique dilemma: hurry home and watch it there or (being a lil’ quirky) stay in the press box and watch in silence because it was working — didn’t wanna piss off the Football Fate Gods!! So, after polling my friends and other writers around me, I insisted on staying…and it PAID OFF!!! I will admit when Tebow hit Thomas in stride and took it to the house, I in fact CHEERED LOUDLY. The other writers just laughed and marveled at my composure because for 3+ hours I was tortuously seen wiggling in my seat…but it was well worth it. Needless to say, I raced home and watched the replay on TiVo. Hahaha!!!