So, by now you know that Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a dramatic, 18-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. In doing so, he is nothing short of a miracle worker.
Tebow erased 54 minutes of shaky and, at times, awful play with two passing touchdowns and a two-point conversion to tie the game with 17 seconds left.
Hey, good for Tebow. This probably leads to his cementing as the Broncos' starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
But it also leads to a flurry of overdone media reaction. Column after column, some praised him. Some kept things in perspective. Either way, they blew a game between two of the worst teams in the NFL way out of proportion. And here are some of the best excerpts.
Alex Marvez, Fox Sports: For almost 55 minutes, Tebow was Te-blow.
James Walker, ESPN: Tebow is not the best quarterback on Denver's roster right now. Kyle Orton is. But Tebow is the most popular Broncos quarterback -- and that's part of the problem.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: The Tebow cult will say it was a magical day, indeed showing how much he's a winner, a never-say-die player who has that special will to succeed. That's their version. That's the now version. That's the version for this week. But the big-picture version is this: Those final five minutes are like putting lipstick on a pig.
Woody Paige, Denver Post: For almost 57 minutes Sunday, Tebow and the Broncos played like goats, in danger of being humiliated by the worst team in the NFL and being shut out for the first time in 19 years. In the next three minutes, the quarterback and his mates looked like G.O.A.T.'s - Greatest of All Time.
Mark Kiszla, Denver Post: The ancient poets called it deus ex machina. The Broncos call it the miracle of Tebow.
Reeves Wiedeman, The New Yorker: That ball hobbled down the field like a drunken pigeon. It hit the barn as if by accident, and one TV analyst suggested-in jest, I think-that the wobbly throw had been intentional on Tebow's part, slowing down just enough for Fells to dive under it. He ran in a two-point conversion to tie the game, unwittingly suggesting that running back might be a more natural position. Regardless, another Tebow miracle was complete.
Israel Gutierrez, Miami Herald: His whole game is based on belief. His whole life is based on belief. Belief in himself, and others believing in him. That's why, after 50-plus minutes of playing uncoordinated, sloppy, just awful football, Tebow still figured he and his Broncos could win this game over the hapless Dolphins. It's also why those teammates who were being overthrown by a mile just a quarter earlier were making incredible plays for their quarterback when it mattered most.
Michael Roberts, Denver Westword: The subject of Divine Intervention first popped into my head following Tebow's initial throw -- a short pass that absolutely, positively should have been transformed by Miami into a pick six. Somehow, though, the toss escaped the grasp of a Dolphins defender and fell harmlessly to the turf. Why? How? Earthly reasoning failed me.