(DENVER) — The Denver Broncos almost let Tim Tebow’s playoff debut slip away but Denver’s defense gave him a chance to pull off the shocker in overtime.
On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Tebow hit wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with an 80-yard touchdown pass which gave Denver a 29-23 win in Denver on Sunday.
“When I saw him scoring, first of all, I just thought, `Thank you, Lord,” Tebow said. “Then, I was running pretty fast, chasing him — Like I can catch up to D.T! Then I just jumped into the stands, first time I’ve done that. That was fun. Then, got on a knee and thanked the Lord again and tried to celebrate with my teammates and the fans.”
In his first playoff game, Tebow broke John Elway’s debut playoff passing record with 316 yards. He also topped the former Broncos’ quarterback by winning in his first playoff game. In 1984, Elway fell to the Steelers at home.
“He really answered the bell, he came out and played great. He pulled that trigger and put it on the money,” said Elway who is the Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
Denver will travel to New England to take on the Patriots on Saturday.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire