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In need of a comeback victory? Then Tebow's your guy

  • By Associated Press
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Tim Tebow might want to update his autobiography, and not just because it's a best-seller.

In "Through My Eyes," the Denver Broncos' unconventional quarterback writes about how those who finish strong in football or life will achieve success and even greatness. He devoted just two pages to the topic, but he now has enough material to write several chapters.

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Since taking over as the Broncos' starter a month and a half ago, Tebow has engineered three fourth-quarter comebacks, two of which set up overtime wins for Denver, and another win at Oakland in which he rallied his team from a halftime deficit to win going away.

Now the Broncos (6-5) are riding a four-game winning streak that includes triumphs on the road against each of their AFC West opponents, including the division-leading Raiders.

All these comebacks are breeding confidence.

"Big time. I'd say our mentality changed to where it's not, 'Oh-oh, here we go again.' It's, 'OK, give us the ball, we're going to go and score,' " wide receiver Eric Decker said.

Tebow, who hasn't completed more than half his passes in any game this season, still struggles mightily before coming through at crunch time.

With Tebow running the offense, the Broncos have scored 11 times in the fourth quarter or overtime compared to 10 scoring drives in the first three quarters combined.

In four of their wins under Tebow this season, the Broncos have scored 18, 17, 17 and 16 points, usually the recipe for losses and a restless fan base, not wild celebrations and cheerful flights home.

"We would love to go and blow a team out, but if not, we're going to fight and scratch and claw to pull (out) these so-called ugly victories," safety Brian Dawkins said. "I'll tell you what, though ... we'll take ugly victories any day."

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