Broncos shock Steelers in overtime

Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 (OT)

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DENVER — One of the most storied NFL playoff teams ran into a rejuvenated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

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Denver's Demaryius Thomas (left) breaks away from Pittsburgh defender Ryan Mundy on the first play of overtime to send the Broncos to the divisional round.  JOE MAHONEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Denver's Demaryius Thomas (left) breaks away from Pittsburgh defender Ryan Mundy on the first play of overtime to send the Broncos to the divisional round.

Sorry, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The magic is back.

Tebow connected with former Georgia Tech star Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime and the Broncos defeated the stunned Steelers 29-23 in the AFC wild-card game Sunday. Wild doesn’t begin to describe it. The play took 11 seconds and was the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history.

Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Ike Taylor and then outraced Ryan Mundy to the end zone. Tebow, who looked as startled as everyone else, chased down Thomas and knelt on one knee – a gesture known far and wide these days as Tebowing. Then he pounded a fist in triumph and took a victory lap.

“When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, ‘Thank you, Lord,’” Tebow said. “Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him – Like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans.”

Prodded by John Elway to let the ball fly, Tebow acted as if the past three weeks never happened, lifting the Broncos to their first playoff win in six years.

Behind Tebow’s 316 yards passing, the Broncos (9-8) are heading to New England for a second-round game against the top-seeded Patriots on Saturday night.

“We’re just a fighting team. A lot of resilience,” Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said.

The Steelers (12-5) lost despite Ben Roethlisberger rallying injury-depleted Pittsburgh from a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 10 points in the final 10 minutes.

Tebow completed 10 of 21 passes but Thomas hauled in four of them for a career-high 204 yards.

Tebow also ran 10 times for 50 yards.

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wildman
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wildman 01/09/12 - 05:25 am
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I hate it for all you Steeler

I hate it for all you Steeler fans, best thing in a long time. I'm not on the Tebow wagon, I just hate the Steelers! Don't even really like pro football but it's better than no football. Go Tigers!

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Riverman1 01/09/12 - 07:00 am
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The most exciting pro game

The most exciting pro game I've seen in a while. The Steelers and the Tebow factor made it something.

etlinks
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etlinks 01/09/12 - 07:12 am
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So Tebow can't throw the

So Tebow can't throw the ball. Ask the steelers defense.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/09/12 - 08:46 am
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Wonder if Bill Maher had any

Wonder if Bill Maher had any cute little tweets about Tebow last night.

allhans
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allhans 01/09/12 - 11:56 am
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I was pulling for the Broncos

I was pulling for the Broncos all the way.

Good things still happen, such as the Steelers losing.

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Bonk 01/09/12 - 11:58 am
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Jesus will beat a rapist any

Jesus will beat a rapist any day. AC is blocking my full opinion.

allhans
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allhans 01/09/12 - 12:09 pm
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Jesus had a lot of followers

Jesus had a lot of followers viewing this game.

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rmwhitley 01/09/12 - 06:12 pm
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rapeberger needs to be home
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rapeberger needs to be home in a state-owned facility.

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