DENVER -- Well before Tebow Time turned into a new pop-culture phrase to describe Tim Tebow's heroics in the closing moments of recent games, linebacker Von Miller already had two words inked into the skin of his right pectoral muscle as a play off the popular beer slogan: Miller Time.
These days, the tattoo couldn't be more appropriate. In Denver, before it ever gets to be Tebow Time, the efforts of someone else's actions often have helped put the Broncos into the right situation. Sometimes, it's Miller Time. Or Prater Time. Or McGahee Time.
After all, as supporters and skeptics agree, Tebow isn't just making this magic on his own -- and he's the first one to recognize this. His teammates also get it. Everyone, it seems, appreciates and accepts the current dynamic that is occurring in Denver, where the team has won seven of eight games since Tebow took over as starter.
So while Tebow most certainly deserves massive credit for his ability to will this team to victories late in games, we still decided it's time to trace through each of Tebow's wins to call out the players who have provided him with John Stockton-like assists.
(Click on game recap link for highlights of specific plays.)
» With 56 seconds left in regulation, TE Daniel Fells left his feet and outstretched his body for a really nice 28-yard catch at the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Tebow hits Fells for a 30-yard touchdown that helped send the game to overtime.
» With six minutes left, Eddie Royal fielded a punt at the 15-yard line -- and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. Tebow didn't throw a pass in the fourth quarter. And he didn't need to. Royal's touchdown gave Denver a 31-24 lead.
» Tebow completed two pass plays all game. One of them? A deep-ball strike to WR Eric Decker, who finished the play for a 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
» With 4:27 left in the third quarter, the Broncos trailed by seven when cornerback Andre Goodman jumped in front of a Sanchez pass, intercepted it and returned it for a 26-yard touchdown.
» On third-and-11 with 4:19 remaining in the game, Eric Decker made an incredible 39-yard catch, also suffering an injury on the play. The conversion kept the drive alive -- and led to a game-tying field goal.
» During the final overtime drive, McGahee burst for a 24-yard run to the 17-yard line. The play set up the game-winning kick by Prater.
» McGahee rumbled for a huge 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, leading to a two-point conversion on the next play to tie the game at 29.
» Shortly after Goodman's pick, kicker Matt Prater kicked a 23-yard FG to win the game. He'd also previously kicked a 46-yard field goal to tie the game with less than two minutes left.
» On second-and-10, with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter, the Bears had the ball and the Broncos had no timeouts. Yet Bears RB Marion Barber goes out of bounds, stopping the clock. The Bears punted one play later, and the Broncos had enough time to set up a 59-yard attempt with 8 seconds left that Prater nails.
» In overtime, on third-and-7 at the 28-yard line, within field goal range, the Bears were trying to gain just a few more yards before attempting a game-winning kick. Instead, Barber fumbles. The Broncos recovered, which allowed Prater to then kick another long FG, this time a 51-yarder, for the win.