Admit it, when Tim Tebow took a right-hook, punch-and-grab to his facemask in the fourth quarter and referee Ron Winters chose to ignore it, giving Pittsburgh a chance to win it all late in the fourth, you figured it was just another postseason case of the NFL officials hooking up the storied franchise.
Winters' crew was making a habit of hooking up the Steelers in their comeback from a 20-6 halftime deficit at Mile High yesterday — see the fumble-called-incomplete pass in the third to Mike Wallace for further proof.
But in this thriller, "Jesus" would have nothing of pompous Pittsburgh. Tebow simply tore the down that Curtain, a la Christ in the Temple circa 30 A.D. He willed his football team, once doomed at 1-4 with Kyle Orton behind center, into next Saturday night's AFC semifinal at Foxboro against the top-seeded New England Patriots.
Those of you out there who love to flood my email when I pick the Jets to make the Super Bowl (September) and cackle at my ridiculous 8-8 mark in picking Pats' games, remember who told you back first in November and again in mid-December that Tebow and the Broncos would figure in a Pats playoff run.
And you had better believe that Tebow's Broncos, two TD underdogs as things opened up in Vegas late last night, present a serious threat to your playoff hopes.
Tebow's performance yesterday against the great, Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu, could be branded a "Mile High Masterpiece."
The meeting of those minds was a first-round KO.
He hit 10 of 21 passes for 316 yards and a pair of TDs, including the overtime, 80-yard game-winner to Demaryius Thomas. For kicks, the second-year pro also ran for 50 yards and a score on 10 carries.