Monday, January 9, 2012
Top Ten Tim Tebow Tidbits
The sports world is abuzz after Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC Wild Card matchup. Here are the top 10 things you should know about Tebow and the Broncos historic victory.
• Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime to give Denver the win was the longest overtime postseason touchdown in NFL history. The previous record was a 69-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith to give the Carolina Panthers a win over the St. Louis Rams in a 2003 Divisional Round game. The touchdown was scored 11 seconds into overtime, making it the shortest overtime game in NFL postseason history by 55 seconds.
• Tebow completed four passes of at least 30 yards in the second quarter alone. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player has had four completions for 30-plus yards in the same quarter of a playoff game in the NFL expansion era (since 1960). In fact, no one has done it in a regular season game since Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers in 1990.
• Tebow completed five passes of at least 30 yards. How impressive is that, especially against the Steelers defense? During the regular season, the Steelers allowed just seven 30-yard pass plays, easily the fewest in the NFL.
• In addition to the 30-yard pass plays, Tebow had three completions of at least 50 yards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tebow became the only quarterback since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 to pull off that feat in a single postseason game.
• Tebow finished with 316 yards passing with a pair of touchdown passes and no interceptions. He also added 50 rushing yards on 10 carries with another touchdown. According to Elias, he's the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 yards without an interception, and run for a touchdown in a playoff game. The others are Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.
• Tebow finished with a Total QBR of 97.3, not far from a perfect mark of 100. In the QBR era, beginning in 2008, that's the highest mark in a single playoff game, just besting the 97.2 by Aaron Rodgers in last year's Divisional Round game against the Atlanta Falcons.
• Tebow's 316 passing yards came on just 10 completions, giving him a yards per completion of 31.6. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no player has ever averaged more yards per completions in a postseason game with a minimum of 10 completions.
• Tebow threw for 185 yards in the second quarter alone on Sunday. Entering the day, he had thrown for 204 yards in the second quarter … for the rest of his NFL career combined.
• Sunday, Tebow was 6-for-11 throwing at least 15 yards downfield for 276 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. In his final three regular season games, Tebow was just 4-for-22 for 125 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions on such throws.
• The Broncos were the sixth team in NFL history to reach the postseason with a point differential of -50 or worse in the regular season. All six of those teams won their first playoff game, but each of the previous five lost their second playoff game.