Friday, November 18, 2011
Tebow strikes again, leads rally vs. Jets
By Alvin Anol
Ron Chenoy/US PresswireTim Tebow saved his best for last, engineering a game-winning drive on the Denver Broncos’ final possession for the 17-13 win against the New York Jets.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow runs for the game-winning touchdown late in the the fourth quarter against the New York Jets on Thursday.
Tebow's 20-yard touchdown scamper with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter capped a 12-play, 95-yard touchdown drive.
Tebow did much of the work on the final drive, accounting for 92 of Denver's 95 yards (57 rush, 35 pass).
The touchdown run was his ninth career rushing touchdown. It’s tied for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl Era.
Tebow finished with a game-high 68 rush yards, averaging a robust 8.5 yards per attempt. For the season, he’s now averaging 6.9 rush yards per attempt.
The late-game magic helped eclipse what to that point had been a game that would only have fueled his detractors.
In Denver's first 11 drives, Tebow accounted for just 80 total yards, including just 11 rush yards (on two attempts). The Broncos’ first 10 points were scored by a field goal (on a drive starting at the Jets’ 34-yard line) and an Andre Goodman 26-yard interception return.
Tebow started out accurately, completing four of his first five passes. But he followed with just two completions on his next 10 attempts leading up to the final Broncos' drive.
Regardless of his final line, the second-year quarterback is now 4-1 as a starter this season since stepping in for Kyle Orton following Denver's bye week.
Tebow has still yet to throw for at least 200 yards in a single game this season, and he's failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes in any game this season.
But none of that might matter. The Broncos are now winners of three straight, and back in the mix for the AFC West crown.