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Beating the Odds

Tim Tebow and Deep Belief

Now comes another story about Tim Tebow and faith.

No, not Tebow’s religious faith. This time, it’s the belief that Tebow’s teammates have in him.

In beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in overtime on Wild-Card Sunday, the Denver Broncos looked like a team with great belief in each other and in their quarterback, Tebow.

“He showed he’s a quarterback in the NFL, case closed,” said Broncos running back Willis McGahee. “They said he couldn’t throw, they said we wouldn’t be able to move the ball on them, and we did that. I wonder what they’re going to say next week?”

Well, they (presumably the odds-makers and other so-called experts) will probably say that the New England Patriots are better than the Broncos. And they’re probably right. Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick is a genius at devising game plans, and he’ll aim to shut down Tebow’s running and make him throw.

Then again, that’s what the Steelers tried to do. But teams become dangerous when they jell like the Broncos have. They become greater than the sum of their parts. It’s a feeling that all coaches try to build. It just isn’t that easy to make teams peak emotionally the way the Broncos have.

“We feel like we’ve got the best players, the best team, best people on the field,” Broncos rookie safety Quinton Carter said, summing up the feeling on the Broncos.

And a lot of that feeling comes from the difference Tebow has made with a scrambling style that isn’t pretty to watch but that has brought the Broncos within two victories of the Super Bowl.

“A lot was said, a lot was written, there was a lot of critique on him,” Broncos Coach John Fox said. “I thought he stepped up in a huge way tonight, and I think he was a big part of us winning the game.”

Of course, the Broncos aren’t the only team in the NFL playoffs with strong belief. Here’s an article on the confidence building on the New York Giants after their victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants have strong faith in their quarterback, Eli Manning, who found a way to win without a big contribution from Victor Cruz.

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