AFC West: 2011 Week 14 Rapid Reaction
December, 11, 2011
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
DENVER -- Another game that ended with Tim Tebow doing the Tebow.
What it means: One of the most amazing stories in the NFL just got more amazing. You think you’ve been overloaded on Tebow? This thing is just getting started. The Broncos just won their third overtime game and notched their fifth late win in Tebow’s eight starts as they downed the Chicago Bears 13-10. The Broncos are 7-1 with Tebow as their starter, have won six straight, and with their record at 8-5, have sole possession of first place in the AFC West with three games remaining.
Tebow magic: Tebow led Denver to 13 points after the Broncos went scoreless for the first 57 minutes and 45 seconds. Denver scored 10 points at the end of regulation and won the game in overtime.
Why too many drops: Tebow was 21-of-40 passing for 236 yards. Yes, he threw 40 times. Tebow also ran 12 times. He is quickly becoming more comfortable as a passer. Still, he needs help. Denver receivers dropped six passes. Demaryius Thomas dropped a sure touchdown on a nice, long bomb from Tebow.
Defense shines: The Bears had a nice stretch when they took a 10-0 lead, but Denver’s defense stiffened when it needed to. The Broncos held the Bears late (with some help from Marion Barber going out of bounds on a run play) in regulation. They also stripped Barber for a critical fumble in overtime with the Bears in Denver territory.
Hats off to Matt Prater: Denver’s kicker downed a 59-yard field goal with eight seconds to go in regulation to tie the score and then nailed a 51-yarder in overtime to win it.
Miller gets another sack: Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller now has 11.5 sacks on the season after taking down quarterback Caleb Hanie in the third quarter. Miller is three sacks away from Jevon Kearse’s NFL rookie record of 14.5 set in 1998. Miller missed last week’s game with a thumb injury.
What’s next: Denver plays host to New England in a game that the Broncos can make a playoff statement.