Tebow to Thomas for Game-Winning TD
With a Wild Card game in the balance, Denver’s Tim Tebow completed the most important pass of his career. It was early on a Denver evening in January of 2012, and the Broncos – who’d snuck into the playoffs with an 8-8 record – were heavy underdogs against 12-4 Pittsburgh. But with home field advantage, the Broncos managed to match the Steelers in regulation, 23-23. On the first play of overtime, from the Pittsburgh 20, the left-handed Tebow faked a handoff, reared back and threw a nice ball down the middle to an open wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas. Thomas stiff-armed a would-be tackler and then used some remarkable speed to outrun two Steelers for an 80-yard TD and a 29-23 victory. Never in NFL history had an OT period been so brief; for Tebow, who completed less than half of his passes during his very short career, the game was his best-ever: he threw for 316 yards. None of that magic carried over to the next game, however, as Tebow and the Broncos got trounced at New England, 45 to 10.