Tim Tebow inspired Denver Broncos past Pittsburgh Steelers

Tim Tebow, with his jaunty, backwards cap and earnest, soft-spoken manner, looks and sounds a lot like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But as the San Diego Chargers now find out, on the field, Tebow can be a menace.

Tebow threw four touchdown passes, including a not-to-be-forgotten 80-yarder to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, as the Broncos beat the Steelers 41-23 to keep alive their dream of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

The former Denver Broncos quarterback has made a few sensational touchdown passes, but is rarely at his best doing so from deep. In fact, a season that began with just nine completions in seven attempts has yielded seven touchdowns from just 11 passing attempts in three games this year.

The Denver Broncos, in their 19th year without a Super Bowl championship, are fresh from victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, and it looked like Tebow was in danger of becoming another example of every other quarterback who is not Peyton Manning.

But help came from the fabled Denver defence, and a strong hand with the ball from Tebow, who was under siege for most of the game and finished with 297 yards and two touchdowns.

With Tom Brady leading the New England Patriots into the playoffs ahead of him, the Broncos’ wild-card hopes are now all but assured. And it’s a chance to test themselves against one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has to offer, Sunday’s opponent is New England Patriots.

Watch Tebow’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas above.

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