In response to Mike Salk -
Tim Tebow's Game 1: Broncos beat Miami 18-15 in overtime. Tebow goes 13-27, 161, 2 scores. The Broncos appeared beaten when they trailed 15-0 with 5:23 left and took over at their 20. At that point Tebow was 4 for 14 for 40 yards, and Denver was 0 for 10 on third-down conversions.
“It’s my fault that we were in that position in the first place,” Tebow said. “I just have to play better in the first three quarters so we don’t have to make that comeback.”
Miami was 0-5 entering this game.
Tebow Game #2: The next week, the Lions (10-6) blew out the Broncos at Denver 45-10 and improved to 5-2. The Broncos fell to 2-5.
“Just got to improve and get better and come out with a little bit more juice,” Tebow said.
Back to the drawing board for the 2-5 Broncos.
Tebow Game #3: Following the blowout loss to the Lions, the Broncos, on the heels of two Tim Tebow and two Willis McGahee touchdowns, blew out the Raiders (4-4) in Oakland 38-24. Tim Tebow was 10-21 for 124 passing yards and 121 rushing yards.
"I thought he improved throwing the ball,” Fox said. “I think he’s always run the ball pretty effectively. He’s very competitive by nature. You see evidence of that. Now it’s just learning how to be an NFL quarterback. In my opinion he’s gotten better each time out.”
The Raiders had the 4th worst team defense in 2011.
Tebow Game #4: Following what became the beginning of a modest 6-game winning streak, Tebow went 2-8 for 69 yards and 1 passing touchdown along with 43 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown en route to a 17-10 win against a Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) team that did not have Jamaal Charles.
“We had some good things going with the running game, and back and forth with different backs,” Tebow said. “I’m a football player first, before quarterback. Whatever we can to do win games.”
Tebow Game #5: On a short week, the Broncos ran their winning streak to three at home against the New York Jets after Tim Tebow scored on a 20-yard run after the Jets lost containment on a LOS running play en route to a 17-13 win.
Tebow was 9-20, 104 passing yards, and 68 rushing yards. “We played them well, through the whole game, until that last play,” Darrelle Revis(notes) said.
“That’s why I wanted to be a quarterback since I was 6 years old, watching guys like John Elway and Steve Young have game-winning drives,” Tebow said.John Elway traded Tebow in the off-season and drafted a rookie to back-up in-coming quarterback Peyton Manning.
Tebow Game #6: The Broncos went on the road and beat the Chargers (4-7) 16-13 on the heels of three Matt Prater field goals including his game winning field goal with 29 seconds left in overtime.
“This is a special team, a special team when you have a bunch of guys that when things aren’t going good we get closer instead of pulling apart,” said Tebow, who grates on some people because he’s openly religious. “The No. 1 reason we are like that is because we believe in each other, we believe in the coaching staff.”
Tebow was 9-18, 143 passing yards, 1 passing score and 67 rushing yards on 22 attempts.
Tebow Game #7: In Tebow's best game as a professional, the Broncos held off the 2-9 Minnesota Vikings 35-32 as he went 10-15 for 202 passing yards and two Demaryius Thomas touchdowns.
“I know I have been saying this for the past couple weeks but I’m so proud to have a team like this,” said Tebow, who posted a career-high passer rating of 149.3. “When adversity hits and you’re not doing good, most teams pull apart and they’re not on the same page anymore. But our team grows closer together.”
Tebow’s NFL career high is 308 yards passing, against Houston on Dec. 26, 2010.
Tebow Game #8: Tebow followed up last week's performance with another solid performance after the Broncos have won seven of its last eight, and six of those wins have involved second-half comebacks, five of them necessitating fourth-quarter rallies, three of which went to overtime.
“If you believe,” Tebow said, “then unbelievable things can sometimes be possible.”
Tebow went 21-40, 236 yards and a score.
Tebow Games 9, 10, and 11:
After the Broncos were blown out by the Patriots (41-23) and the Bills (40-14), the Broncos were facing a must-win in order to clinch the AFC West and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs at home 7-3. Tebow was 6-22 for 60 passing yards and no scores.
The Broncos won the AFC West after the Raiders failed to seal the deal when they lost to the Chargers 38-26.
''It's obviously a little bittersweet right now,'' Tebow said. ''We would have loved to have won that game to have a little momentum going into the playoffs. But I think it's still a special thing what we accomplished, to come back and win the AFC West is very special.''
The point I am making is that I can count three games on this 11-game run where Tim Tebow was not the leading reason why the Broncos ended winning the games that it won following its bye week.
So, when someone says "And he finds himself in plenty of close contests because he can keep his team falling out of them early" that is just a bald face non-truth.