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Monday, December 12, 2011
TebowMania marches on

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Kansas City Chiefs tried to steal the AFC West spotlight from TebowMania as they fired coach Todd Haley on Monday. It worked for several hours as I was tied up reacting to the firing and examining what may come next.

Despite the detour, TebowMania marched on Monday. Let’s catch up on the latest developments in Denver, a day after Tim Tebow lead the Denver Broncos to its sixth straight victory in a stunning 13-10 overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

The Broncos have trailed in the fourth quarter in each of their previous four games and have won all four. Using ESPN Stats & Information’s win probability model -- based on 10 years of NFL play-by-play -- the Broncos have had at least a 77 percent chance to lose in each of the four games.

ESPN Stats & Information reports that Tebow is the third quarterback in NFL history to go 7-1 or better in a season in which he didn’t start his team’s first four games. The other two were Trent Dilfer in Baltimore in 2000 and Miami’s Earl Morrall in 1972. Both of those teams won the Super Bowl.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Broncos have won two games this season without scoring in the first three quarters. That is tied for most in a season since World War II.

Denver has three overtime victories this season and is one off the NFL record of four. It was set by the 2003 Carolina Panthers that went to the Super Bowl. That team was headed by Denver coach John Fox.

Meanwhile, on his weekly radio show on Denver’s 102.3 the Ticket, Denver football leader John Elway continued to heap praise on Tebow.

“I think when you look at it I guess I just believe everyone believes that something good is going to happen,” Elway said. Tim’s been the guy that has led that thinking and he’s just such a strong believer.”

Asked if he has ever seen a single player raise a team’s play like Tebow has, Elway -- one of the best quarterbacks ever to play -- simply said: “No, not to this point.”

Just another day of TebowMania.