With more than 112.2 million viewers, Super Bowl XLVIII was the most watched television event in history, and perhaps God wanted it that way for a spectacular demonstration.
A new theory is being proffered by a South Carolina football fan suggesting the Almighty directly injected Himself in Sunday’s event to even the score, so to speak, after the Denver Broncos booted quarterback Tim Tebow, an outspoken Christian who is no longer playing in the NFL.
“God’s hand was all over this Super Bowl,” says David Campbell, a WND reader from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who explained his view of the divine intervention in a letter to the editor.
“The book of Daniel, chapter 4, verse 25, says that God rules in the affairs of men and gives the kingdom to whom He will. Luke, chapter 18, verse 7, says that God will avenge His elect when they have been unjustly injured.”
Campbell began his theory with some background.
Two years ago the Denver Broncos dismissed Tim Tebow after he had taken them to the playoffs thanks to his miraculous pass that won the game against the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers. Tebow’s exhilarating 80-yard pass in the opening seconds of overtime won the game.
Not long after, the Broncos brought in Peyton Manning and replaced Tim Tebow as No. 1 quarterback. The rumor going ’round was that GM John Elway didn’t like Tebow, didn’t like his Tebow prayer, fans or following and wanted rid of him. Elway didn’t want him as backup quarterback either or on the team at all. Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in March 2012.
Peyton Manning was brought in to much fanfare and hoopla. Big salary, big bonus, trumpets blaring.
Campbell then fast-forwarded to this year’s Super Bowl, as the Denver Broncos were matched against the Seattle Seahawks.
“Denver was the favorite, because of Manning. The Seattle quarterback? A kid named Russell Wilson. Christian, small guy, nothing really of note. No big records, no big wins, no big following. The New York Times labeled him forgotten, undersized and underestimated. Kind of like David against Goliath.”
He explained that in the days preceding the Super Bowl, there was a warning of another big snowstorm heading toward the new Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“Looked like it was going to hit right about game time,” he wrote. “As the big day approached it was reported that there were 18,000 tickets still available. Who wanted to be stuck in a snowstorm in an open-air stadium?”
“Who knew that God would use the Seattle Seahawks and their Christian quarterback to chastise the Denver Broncos and their quarterback, Peyton Manning?” Campbell continued.
“Right at the start of the big game, the Denver Broncos misplayed the Super Bowl’s opening play from scrimmage into a safety. The Broncos center snapped the ball over the head of Manning and into the end zone. Seattle recovered the ball and it was 2-0. That safety, 12 seconds into the game, caused one Las Vegas bookie to pay out a 50-1 long shot bet, costing him $62,000. When the first half ended the score was Seattle Seahawks 22, Denver Broncos 0.”
Despite the fact Tim Tebow was no longer with the Broncos, Campbell noted how the football star did, in fact, show up at this Super Bowl.
“He starred in one of the multi-million dollar commercials, and according to the New York Post, he was one of the biggest stars.”
In analyzing the second half, Campbell remarked how it started out “as eye-popping as the first half.”
“It was Seattle’s turn to receive the opening kickoff, and Denver kicked the ball into the hands of Percy Harvin, who had a sensational 87-yard kickoff return. Seattle 29, Denver, still 0.
“When the game ended the score was Seattle 43, Denver 8, and the cameras panned over to an excited Russell Wilson who was pointing up to the sky, thanking God for the victory.
“The Drudge Report, soon after, posted a picture of a very dejected, defeated, number 18, Peyton Manning. The caption, under his picture: ‘THE HUMILIATION OF MANNING.’
“Snowflakes from the delayed snow storm started falling in the New York City area at 4 a.m. Monday, just hours after the Super Bowl was played across the Hudson River in East Rutherford, N.J.”
In an interview with WND, Campbell again stressed he feels the events of the game were directed by God.
“I do believe God directly intervened to avenge his servant, Tim Tebow, just as He does for the rest of His children when we are wronged undeservedly,” he said. “I believe it was against the Denver Broncos but only God knows if He meant it personally against any individual – probably John Elway – if the rumors of his hostility toward Tim and his ‘Tebowing prayer’ were true.”
Campbell says he just knew God would do something great for Tebow “because, like us, he is a child of the King.”
“Watching the game Sunday was such a supernatural experience that I had to set down and put down in print what I believe I saw in the spirit. I believe our God avenged him in front of 112 million-plus people this past Sunday. I know we can see Him working in our lives, too, but probably not as publicly.”
Campbell recounted how he has been keeping an eye on Tebow “since he made the miraculous play against Pittsburgh while quarterbacking the Denver Broncos. I thought it was harsh of John Elway to dismiss him so ruthlessly and send him packing.”
He also credited his spouse for sparking the idea of divine intervention.
“My wife, Kathy, really brought it to my attention as we saw Russell Wilson give God the glory when a female reporter put a mike in his face on the sidelines, after the game. That’s when I started researching all the news reports before, during and after the game and the incredible happenings during the game.”
Divine intervention in Super Bowls is not a new claim.
As WND reported, one of the greatest catches in the history of the big game is thought by some to be a true miracle that was prophesied in advance.
In Super Bowl XLII in 2008, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning tossed a “physics-defying” completion to receiver David Tyree with just over a minute left in the game.
It’s considered one of sports’ greatest moments – known simply as “Catch 42.” Tyree recalled the moment that changed his life in his book, “More Than Just The Catch.”
Manning had improbably avoided a sack to make a desperate 32-yard pass to Tyree. Tyree was being defended by one of the top safeties in the game, Rodney Harrison, when the ball came his way.
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Tyree, who only had four receptions during the entire regular season, leaped up behind Harrison and caught the ball between his right hand and the top of his helmet with the Patriots safety coming down with him. Despite the odds, Tyree had managed to secure possession of the ball – giving his team the chance to win the game, which they did.
But what might be more incredible than the actual catch is that Tyree had been told he would make this play all the way back in September – and the message came from the unlikeliest of sources.
This prophetic insight was given to Tyree by Hubie Synn, a man of faith with a track record of providing spiritual visions to high-profile believers.