DENVER—Tim Tebow capped a 95-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds to play, lifting the Denver Broncos to a stunning 17-13 victory over the visiting New York Jets on Thursday night.
Tebow beat an all-out blitz, rolling to his left and sprinting to the end zone on the team’s longest drive of the season to give Denver (5-5) its third – and most improbable – consecutive victory
The Broncos had been inept offensively for nearly the entire game, punting on eight consecutive possessions and going three-and-out on seven of them before getting the ball back at their own 5-yard line with 5:54 to play and trailing 13-10.
Tebow completed three passes for 35 yards and carried the ball seven times for 66 yards on the game-winning drive to improve to 4-1 as a starter this season.
Andre Goodman returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown and Matt Prater kicked a 37-yard field goal on the opening possession as the Broncos sent the Jets (5-5) to their second consecutive defeat and fourth road loss in five games.
Tebow was 9 of 20 for 104 yards and rushed for 68 yards on eight carries. His counterpart, Mark Sanchez, completed 24 of 40 passes for 252 yards and the costly pick.
Offense was at a premium in the opening 30 minutes. Denver’s biggest play came on its first snap, when Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas with a 28-yard pass.
The Jets absorbed a huge blow when running back Shonn Greene went to the locker room with an apparent rib injury late in the first quarter and did not return.
With backup LaDainian Tomlinson inactive due to a knee injury, seldom-used Joe McKnight took over in the backfield and ran for 59 yards on 16 carries.
Sanchez opened the second half by hooking up with Plaxico Burress three times as New York went 80 yards to take a 10-3 lead.