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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 29, Steelers 23

By Bill Williamson


DENVER -- A look at the best game of the wild-card weekend.

What it means: The Denver Broncos are moving on. Wow. Just wow. After being terrible on offense in the past 11 quarters, Denver ended a three-game losing streak in stunning fashion on an 80-yard pass play from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas on the first offensive play of overtime. Denver, 9-8, is 4-0 in overtime this season.

Tebow time: Tebow played great after being terrible for the past two games. With rumors persisting he’d be replaced by Brady Quinn, Tebow came out slinging just as Denver football leader John Elway asked him to do. Tebow Time lives another week.

Defense stands tall: Much credit goes to Denver’s defense. It harassed Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger all game long and stood up. This major upset was a total team win.

Great moment: Nearly every Denver player came back onto the field to celebrate with the home fans. It was just Denver’s fourth win in nine home games this season. Tebow took a victory lap and slapped hands with fans as the crowd chanted his name.

What’s next: Denver plays at No. 1 seed New England on Saturday night. New England beat Denver 41-23 in Denver in Week 15. By the way, it will be the first game back in New England for Josh McDaniels. He was fired by Denver in 2010.