Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow delivered a stunning victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, with a thrilling pass play to Demaryius Thomas in a 29-23 victory.
The Broncos now face the fearsome New England Patriots next week.
Tebow, the hottest name in the NFL right now, is well-known for his devotion to his Christian faith (something that has made him something of a controversial and polarizing figure).
He may also have had some divine intervention during the game.
As some media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, have reported the number “316” figured prominently for Tebow in Sunday’s match.
Chapter 3, Verse 16 of the Gospel of John in The Bible states: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
This is perhaps the most widely known biblical verse. Indeed, the simple phrase “John 3:16” often appears at professional sports games in the form of placards and crudely-drawn posters held by religious fans.
Now, consider some of Tebow’s stats from Sunday’s game: He threw for 316 yards against the Steelers. He also threw for 31.6 yards per completion – a new playoff record.
Perhaps. But if I was Tom Brady I’d be very worried, because God is clearly not on his side anymore.