I can just hear his deep, baritone voice now.
If legendary NFL Films narrator John Facenda had been with us today to have witnessed the Broncos latest chapter in the writing of the new Book of Timothy, he might’ve said something like this:
‘Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Monsters of the Midway were no match for the dragon-slayer from Denver, squandering their miniscule margin and succumbing to the hometown hero who seemed as Saint George on his steed inspired by the Heavens.’
Not exactly Steve Sabol but you get the idea.
Denver kept their win streak alive and sent the shock & awed Chicago Bears home shaking their heads in shame Sunday with a gritty 13-10 come-from-behind victory.
A defensive battle throughout (nine sacks total), the final minutes saw more Bears’ bungling than Denver precision as Chicago blew its chance in regulation to run-out the clock in the final two and gave it back to Tim Tebow to do what’s become customary for the second-year signal-caller: late-game heroics.
Failing to get the first down that would’ve sealed the win, Chicago still had mid-field position to punt the Broncos into oblivion. Instead, the hometown guys started on their twenty and took full advantage of what appeared to be the dreaded prevent-defense as Tebow (21-40 / 246 / 1 / 1) matriculated with ease, getting kicker Matt Prater just enough range to hit a whopping 59 yarder to tie it up and send the game into OT.
Maybe in the Christmas spirit or just believing ‘Tis better to give than to receive,’ the Chicagoans kept on gifting in OT as Bears running-back Marion Barber (27-108 / 1 / 1) fumbled it away on the Denver 33. Tebow toyed again with the Urlacher-led defense and eight plays later had teammate Prater back in range as Matt hit a veritable chip-shot from 51 to send the Denver faithful home happy and heads a’ spinning.
How long this joyous ride will last for the Broncos, who can say?
Two revelations: 1) Tim Tebow’s becoming an NFL quarterback by leading with his eyes and his arm rather than his legs; and 2) For the first time since the days of John Elway all media eyes won’t be locked on Terrific Tom Brady when the Patriots take the field at Mile High next Sunday (CBS @ 4:15 ET) as Tremendous Tim keeps making believers.
About the Author
Written by Steven Keys
A native of the old Northwest Territory (IL), my wife and I have lived in four Midwestern states and Arizona. Today we live in Duluth, Georgia. I have a history / legal background.