Sunday, January 8, 2012
How 'bout that Tebow 27.5? And Thomas too!
So, I need to catch-up on some much needed sleep, and I really shouldn't be blogging right now. However, I just couldn't let this night pass without sticking it right in the collective-eye of the critics.
If you listened to even 45 minutes of analysis this week, you know well that the Denver Broncos had an absolute 0.0000000000000% chance of wining this playoff game today. That is absolute zero, ziltch, zip, nada, nothing. They had no chance to win. Everybody agreed with Merril Hodge. Tim Tebow stood no chance against Dick LaBeau's defense. The Steelers were going to eat him alive.
Folks on NFL Live made bold predictions that the Broncos would be absolutely shutout by the Steeler-defense. That is, the Broncos would score zero, ziltch, zip, nada, nothing in terms of points in this game.
It turns out that Tim Tebow shot 10 for 21 for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Broncos put 29 points on the scoreboard. That's 29 more than they were supposed to put on the board. Tebow had a QB efficiency rating over 125. Ben Roethlisburger had a QBR of 75. Tebow out-QB'd Roethlisburger by some 50 points worth of QBR.
How 'bout 'dem apples? That's a pretty sizable QBR differential, ain't it? Surprising that the Steelers were able to hang in there as long as they were with a QBR differential like that. A 125 next week will probably give the Denver Broncos a pretty good QBR differential also.
Of course, everybody is still buzzing about the first-ever overtime period after the recent rules changes by the NFL Competition Committee. We were supposed to have an OT period in which both teams got a chance to touch the football. Nope, didn't happen like that. Tebow took the snap on the 20, hit Demaryius Thomas at around the 50 with a sweet pass, and Demaryius took off. Nobody could stop him. One stiff-arm later, Thomas was in the End-Zone.
Overtime lasted one-snap and just 11 seconds. That was the most sudden sudden-death I ever saw. I've been watching NFL Football since 1979 folks. That's longer than some of you have been alive.
It should be noted that Demaryius Thomas is a December 25th, Christmas Capricorn baby. He is showing some tremendous chemistry with this Leo kid named Tim Tebow. I have a feeling these two are going to be a famous combo. Thomas averaged 51 yards per reception nailing 204 yards on just 4 receptions.
In all seriousness folks, I have no idea how the geniuses out there in television-land came to conclusion that the Broncos stood no chance against the Steelers. Just looking at the Steeler injury list, which resembled a small telephone book, you absolutely could not rule out the Broncos.
It's time for you buggers at ESPN to confess: You had a religious belief that Tebow and the Broncos couldn't win this game. It was a faith-based position, not a position based on fact or logic. It was a metaphysical position.
I'm laughing like hell at you, and I am wondering when you are going to stop cheering against this kid.