Somehow, someway, he got it done. Again. Tim Tebow threw the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass -- the longest of his two year career -- to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime to lead the Denver Broncos past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, in the AFC Wild Card round at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO on Sunday afternoon.
Tebow, who was facing the possibility of being benched if he did not do well in the game, had one of the best games of his career, throwing for 316 yards (10-of-21) and two scores passing and running for 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes. Thomas had four catches for 204 yards while Willis McGahee had 61 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Denver fell behind 7-3 after the first quarter, but put up 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 13-point lead heading into halftime. The Steelers scored a touchdown in the third quarter and had one touchdown and a field goal in the fourth quarter while giving up three points in the quarter, ultimately forcing overtime.
Ben Roethlisberger had 289 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception for Pittsburgh, which had 400 total yards (244 passing, 156 rushing). Isaac Redman rushed for 121 yards on 17 carries and Emmanuel Sanders racked up 81 yards on six catches for the Steelers.
Denver faces the AFC's No. 1 seed, the New England Patriots, on Saturday in Foxboro, MA.
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