(DENVER POST) — To begin what turned out to be the biggest week of his professional football life, Tim Tebow was down in the dumps.
All the Broncos were down.
By now, the country knows the Broncos would snap out of their doldrums in time to stun the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 in overtime Sunday. Tebow’s exhilarating 80-yard dart-and-run pass play targeted Demaryius Thomas, who capped the game-winning touchdown on the first play in overtime by pulling a Bo Jackson and running straight into the tunnel that led to the victorious locker room.
“I was coming back out, and I got crushed,” Thomas said of his celebrating teammates. “Everybody got me in the tunnel.”
The sellout crowd of 75,970 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High erupted in celebration. Witnesses said that in Denver neighborhoods, delirious people were screaming from their balconies. Patrons at Denver-area bars were heard chanting, “Te-bow! Te-bow!”
Tebowmania is once again inflated. It was the Broncos’ first playoff victory in six years.