Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012: Denver Defeats Pittsburgh, 29-23, On Tim Tebow TD Pass In Overtime

The Denver Broncos had to go to overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, but it took only one play to make it happen: an 80-yard bomb to Demaryius Thomas.

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Tim Tebow Handled Steelers Defense Like No Other QB

Tim Tebow not only threw passes of 30, 40, 51, 57 and the game-winning 80 yards, but he also did what no other quarterback was able to do this season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Bill Barnewll points out, Tebow shredded the Steelers' pass defense:

Tebow finished with 316 passing yards, well above his normal level of production. As it turned out, we never saw Brady Quinn in the game at all. Maybe the Steelers were expecting Tebow to falter and were just waiting for Quinn to enter the game.

Guess we shouldn't doubt what Tim Tebow can do.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos Final Score, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Tim Tebow Finds Demaryius Thomas For TD Pass In Overtime

The Denver Broncos pulled off an amazing overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. On the first play of the extra period, Tim Tebow threw a deep pass to Demaryius Thomas, who caught the ball and fought his way down the field for the 80-yard touchdown and the victory, 29-23. Thomas delivered one strong stiff arm on that play to make the score possible.


The players delight, the fans delight, John Elway jumps up and down.Tebow "tebows." The modified overtime rules that took place for the first time ever never came into play since a touchdown kept it true sudden death.

Tebow finished the game 10-of-21 for 316 yards and two touchdown passes. The rushing game piled up just 131 yards this week.

The Denver Broncos will now face the New England Patriots on the road next week.

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Broncos Vs. Steelers Go To Overtime In 2012 NFL Playoffs

The Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to overtime in the 2012 NFL Playoffs. After the Steelers tied the game late on a Ben Roethlisberger touchown pass to Mike Wallace, the Broncos weren't able to do anything (though the failure of the referees to make necessary calls precipitated much of that).

Instead, the Steelers did have one final attempt at scoring. They came close, but the Broncos defense held strong. Elvis Dumervil sacked Roethlisberger and caused a fumbled that Pittsburgh recovered. However, a delay of game and a short pass failed to put the Steelers into field goal position. Robert Ayers ended regulation by sacking Roethlisberger.

The Broncos will receive the ball.

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Tim Tebow Finishes 1st Half With Impressive Showing

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos took over their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter, reversing the poor showing they had during the regular season. After not completing a pass at all in the first quarter, Tebow went 5-of-11 for 185 yards and a touchdown pass. Sure, he hasn't completed over 50 percent of his passes, but when he's completing passes like this to Daniel Fells, does it matter?


That was a 40-yard strike to Daniel Fells. He also had a career-long pass of 57 yards to Demaryius Thomas a little while after he found him for 51 yards. And Eddie Royal caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tebow as well.

Tim Tebow and the playoffs are quite agreeable.

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Tim Tebow Throws TD Pass For Broncos' 7-6 Lead Over Steelers

Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a touchdown on the team's first drive of the second quarter, giving them a 7-6 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in this 2012 NFL Playoffs game. The big play on the drive was Demaryius Thomas' 51-yard catch on 3rd-and-12. Tebow had to dance around the pocked for a little bit before he found Thomas down the left sideline for the huge catch. Thomas beat Ike Taylor on the play.


Then after a one-yard rushing play, Tebow found Eddie Royal for a 30-yard touchdown catch:


Royal is able to maintain possession while he slides out of bounds for the touchdown. It was the Broncos first touchdown since the Buffalo Bills game on Christmas Eve.

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2012 AFC Wild Card: Broncos Inactives Vs. Steelers

The Denver Broncos are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday as they try to pull off a major upset and continue their stunning run of success, but huge questions continue to surround their quarterbacking situation. The Broncos will once again go with incumbent starter Tim Tebow against the Steelers as they try to right the ship, but it's been reported that Denver will turn to back-up Brady Quinn in certain situations if Tebow continues to struggle with his decision-making.


More: Denver Broncos Could Use Brady Quinn If Tim Tebow's Struggles Continue

The quarterback situation is the big thing to focus on for Denver today, although the Broncos will also be missing a few players, as well. Starting safety Brian Dawkins is missing the game with his continuing neck issues, and he's the biggest player out for Denver. The full injury report for the Broncos can be found here, but it's shown below:

- S Brian Dawkins

- RB Austin Sylvester

- FB Spencer Larsen

- LB Mike Mohamed

- OT Ryan Harris

- TE Julius Thomas

- DE Derrick Harvey

Dawkins is really the big name missing for Denver. Other key players listed on the Broncos' injury report this week, such as linebacker Von Miller, wide receiver Eddie Royal and safety David Bruton, are all active and expected to play.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Steelers Inactives Vs. Broncos Include Maurkice Pouncey

Reports on Friday had Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey out for Sunday's 2012 NFL Playoff game against the Denver Broncos, but the team had listed him as questionable for the contest. On Sunday, the Steelers declared Pouncey inactive for the game. Doug Legursky will start at center while Chris Kemoeatu takes over at guard.

More: Complete Broncos Vs. Steelers Coverage | NFL Playoffs Schedule

Also as expected, safety Ryan Clark is not playing as a result of possible health complications by playing at altitude. He was previously affected by Denver's altitude, losing his gall bladder and spleen. Cornerback Cortez Allen and running back Mewelde Moore are also out for hte this game.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

For the first time since the 2005 season, the Denver Broncos (8-8) are in the postseason once again when they step onto the field to host the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4). The Broncos are on its second coach since Mike Shanahan last led the team into the postseason. Josh McDaniels failed to finish out two seasons and was replaced by John Fox, who had reached the Super Bowl during his tenure with the Carolina Panthers. But, of course, the story about this game will be Tim Tebow.


More: Complete Broncos Vs. Steelers Coverage | NFL Playoffs Schedule

There has been a ton of speculation on what will happen with Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn. It ranges Quinn receiving half the first-team reps to just a few more reps than normal to special packages to being ready in case Tebow is benched. Are the Broncos trying to play mind games with the Steelers, attempting to rattle them? Or are the Broncos legitimately game planning for a Tim Tebow failure early on? We'll find out soon enough.

Game time/date: 2:30 p.m. MT, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012

Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO

TV: CBS

Radio: ESPN Radio, Sirius 92 (Steelers), Sirius 86 (Broncos)

Odds: Steelers favored by 8 or 9 points

Over/Under: 33.5 points

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms Broadcast Yet Another Denver Game

The Denver Broncos won't hear Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call Sunday's 2012 NFL Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it will be the fourth straight time that CBS' No. 1 crew will be on a Broncos game this season, as the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones noted one week ago. It's the fifth overall game since the duo also called the Green Bay Packers' shellacking of the Broncos earlier in the season.


More: Complete Broncos Vs. Steelers Coverage | NFL Playoffs Schedule

Will Tebow Time be able to make a comeback and staunch whatever bad vibes Nantz and Simms bring to the game? Or are we incredulous enough to doubt that having those two call the game really matters? We'll find out at 2:30 p.m. MT when kickoff takes place.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow, Brady Quinn And The Potential For A Benching

Brady Quinn's role in Sunday's 2012 AFC Wild Card game between the Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers is, to borrow a phrase from Winston Churchill. "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." First reports emerge that he received half of the first-team snaps with Tim Tebow during practice. Then Qunn denied that, but later reports said he did see increased snaps, though not to the extent originally reported.

More: Brady Quinn's Practice Week | Brady Quinn Reportedly Has Special Packages In Offense

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio originally reported that information and then followed up with Quinn having special practices in the playbook for him this week. On Saturday morning, Florio is reporting that John Fox will bench Tebow if he struggles and that:

As one source explained it, Broncos players don’t regard the development as a big deal. It’s no surprise that Tebow hasn’t been the same guy lately, with as many turnovers in the last two games (six) as he had in all of the prior 10 games combined.

That means Brady Quinn will see his first non-preseason snap in over two seasons. Can that possibly end well? Find out Sunday if it's even possible.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Breaking Down The Steelers Vs. Broncos AFC Wild Card Matchup

With the AFC Wild Card matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos rapidly approaching, SB Nation's team blogs for both teams have been working overtime trying to break this game down from every angle imaginable. Most recently, the Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain, has done some great work on comparing this iteration of the Steelers to the 2010 version, while the Broncos blog, Mile High Report, launched into some in-depth statistical comparisons between the Broncos and Steelers.


More: A Look At How Ben Roethlisberger Compares To His 2010 Season

For a look at how Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Isaac Redman and the rest of the Steelers offense stacks up against Von Miller and the Broncos defense, here is a visual breakdown of the two units. The chart is taken from Mile High Report and includes last week's rankings for the Broncos to highlight progress or regression. The DVOA stat is taken from Football Outsiders and is explained here.

SteelersBroncos
Offense Rank Category Rank Defense
20.3 22nd Points For 24th 24.4
372.3 12th Total Yds 20th 357.8
253.4 10th Pass Yds 18th 231.5
118.9 14th Rush Yds 22nd 126.3
42 10th Sacks 10th 41
N/A N/A Forced Fumbles 26th 11
15 T-17th fewest Interceptions T-28th 9
46% 4th 3rd Downs 6th 33.50%
16.30% 6th Overall DVOA 19th 6.40%
-13 T-28th Turnover Margin T-26th -12
77 14th QB Hits Allowed N/A N/A

For more on how Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense compares to Troy Polamalu and the Steelers defense, and how the special teams units rate, be sure to check out the complete article from Mile High Report. Here is how they eventually come out in the end after all the analysis is done:

THE BOTTOM LINE
I won't lie to you, this is going to be a tough matchup for Denver. They have lost their last three games and they are going up against the #1 Defense in the NFL. I am more concerned with what the Broncos can do Offensively against the Steelers Defense than I am about Pittsburgh's Offense matching up with the Denver Defense. Still, the slate is wiped clean and it's a new, albeit short season and on any given Sunday, one team can beat another in the NFL. It only takes one win to advance.
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Brady Quinn Denies He Received More Snaps In Practice

Brady Quinn playing for the Denver Broncos in the 2012 NFL Playoffs? Maybe it wasn't as big of a joke as originally thought. Quinn has shared first-team snaps with Tim Tebow during practice this week, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Apparently it has been split almost evenly between the two.

UPDATE: Brady Quinn has texted Jeff Darlington of NFL.com that he has not received any more snaps than normal. However, Darlington's other sources say there was some thought to it and that Quinn could come in on a package change.

But, of course, we don't really know what this means or if it is really true. The Broncos would obviously be gearing up to know two playbooks for the game, which has always been the plan with Quinn (and when he was here, Orton). But if Quinn has really been getting half of the first-team reps, what does that say about the confidence in Tim Tebow?

In a do-or-die situation, the Denver Broncos do need to be prepared for the worst with Tim Tebow. Or maybe they just want to rattle the Pittsburgh Steelers by putting out some disinformation. We'll find out Sunday.

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2012 NFL All-Pro Team: Broncos' Von Miller Earns Second-Team Honors

The NFL's 2011-12 All-Pro team was released Friday, and Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller earned second-team honors after tallying 11.5 sacks in his first season. Other Broncos to earn votes but not make the NFL All-Pro team were: Chris Kuper, Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil, Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt.


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During the regular season, Miller played in 15 games and tied the team's rookie sack record. He tallied 64 tackles (50 solo) and led Denver with 19 tackles for a loss. He was also selected as a starting linebacker for the AFC team in the 2012 Pro Bowl.

As for the Sunday's Wild-Card round opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, they had two players, center Maurkice Pouncey and safety Troy Polamalu, who earned All-Pro First Team honors.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Report: Maurkice Pouncey Questionable; Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu Probable

The Friday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been released, and center Maurkice Pouncey is listed as questionable and could play Sunday against the Denver Broncos (2:30 p.m. MT on CBS). The news makes the Friday morning report that Pouncey would miss the Wild-Card round game false, as the All-Pro center still has a chance of playing. Pouncey was limited in practice on Wednesday and then sat out on Thursday.

Meanwhile, after missing Thursday's practice Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was listed as probably for Sunday's match up. Also, listed as probable are: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ankle), linebacker James Harrison (toe), defensive end Bret Keisel (groin), guard Doug Legursky (shoulder), tackle Jonathan Scott (back) and linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring).

List as out are: corner back Cortez Allen (shoulder) and running back Mewlde Moore (knee).

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Denver Broncos Injury Report: Brian Dawkins Out Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Denver Broncos will not have its defensive leader on the field for Sunday's 2012 AFC Wild card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Safety Brian Dawkins has been declared out for the game with his neck injury. Head coach John Fox told reporters that it is the responsibility of the coaches to look out for the well-being of the players.

More: Broncos vs. Steelers 2012 | NFL Playoff Rankings

Dawkins injured his neck several weeks ago after hitting into Robert Ayers. He missed the season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving the team to start David Bruton again (who is questionable for the game).He will play with rookie Quinton Carter while rookie Rahim Moore will also play in the secondary

Spencer Larsen is also unlikely to play after being listed as doubtful.

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2012 NFL Playoffs: Steelers' Kirby Wilson In 'Serious But Not Life-Threatening' Condition

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson is in a medically-induced coma after receiving burns on 30 to 50 percent of his body, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburght Post-Gazette. Wilson was burned during a house fire overnight, Thursday into Friday.

The Steelers did release a statement earlier in the day on the incident:

First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family. We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012: Pittsburgh RB Coach Burned In House Fire

According to a report by Pittsburgh's Channel 11 News, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was badly burned in a house fire early Friday morning. Here are the details:

"About 2:45 a.m., I was awoken by a number of pounding on doors,” said neighbor David Sebesta. “Looked out my window, and there was policemen, about five or six, going down this row of houses, waking people up. I could smell burning. Fire trucks came and pulled a man out, looked like he was pretty badly burned, and carted him off to a hospital."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

According to the report, Wilson, 50, was flown to the nearest Pittsburgh hospital, but the status of his condition is not yet known.

The Steelers are preparing for their first-round playoff game at the Denver Broncos Sunday (2:30 MT on CBS).

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2012 AFC Wild Card: Denver Broncos Out To Reverse Historically Poor WC Performance

The Denver Broncos are out to pick up just its second win in a Wild Card game in eight tries. However, if history is trying to tell us something about Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it is that the Broncos are at the right place to make a win possible.


Related: The History of the Steelers as a Wild Card Team

The Denver Broncos won a Wild Card game during the 1997 season when the Broncos defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 42-17, at Mile High. The Broncos are once again at home for a Wild Card game this weekend.

Of course, the recent history of the Broncos has been just the opposite of that dominating win against the Jaguars. The Broncos lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 21-3, during the 2000 season playoffs and then lost back-to-back Wild Card games to the Indianapolis Colts during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, 41-10 and 49-24, respectively.

Will a small sample size of history prove true 15 years later?

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Denver Broncos Injury Report: Brian Dawkins Misses Practice Thursday; Eddie Royal Limited

The Thursday injury report for the Denver Broncos has been released and there's some good news on it, as play-making wide receiver Eddie Royal went from missing practice Wednesday to being limited today. According to the SB Nation blog Mile High Report, being limited means there's a less than 100-percent chance that Royal will see the field Sunday, but the progress is promising.

However, veteran safety Brian Dawkins missed practiced for the second straight day. It is becoming more unlikely that Dawkins will be able to play for the Broncos, who host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday (2:30 p.m. MT on CBS) in the Wild-Card round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

Denver's full injury report is listed below:

Full Participation

- LB Von Miller

Limited Participation

- S David Bruton

- WR Eddie Royal

Did Not Participate

- FB Spencer Larsen

- S Brian Dawkins

- CB Johnathan Wilhite

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, NFL Playoffs 2012: SI.com's Cold Hard Facts For Wild Card Game

In a season that featured more passing yards than in the history of the NFL, the Denver Broncos proved that running it and controlling turnovers is still the best way to win a football game. On Tuesday, SI.com's Kerry J. Byrne published a Cold Hard Facts feature covering all the 2011-12 regular season and a few stats backed up the theory that a majority of the time if your team is throwing it they're going to have a hard time winning a football game.

Here's a few facts that Byrne found:

4 - Number of teams that ran the ball more often than they passed it in 2011. Three of those four teams won their divisions: Houston, Denver and San Francisco (the lone exception was Jacksonville). In 1978, every NFL team ran the ball more than they passed it.

6-6 - Record of teams when their quarterback passes for 500 yards or more, including a 1-1 mark in 2011. Brady's Patriots beat the Dolphins in Week 1; Stafford's Lions lost to the Packers in Week 17

By the end of the regular season, the Broncos (9-7) led by quarterback Tim Tebow, attempted a league-low 429 passes for just 2,708 yards (ranked 31 out of 32 teams). Meanwhile, Denver lead the league in rushing yards (2,632).

The Broncos opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are ranked ninth overall in passing yards and 14th in rushing.

How much will that have an impact Sunday? I guess will see.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Still Big Favorites

The Denver Broncos are not the biggest underdogs on Wild Card weekend, but it's only by a small margin. According to Odds Shark, the Broncos are still nine-point home underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers after opening as eight-point underdogs. The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, are on the road and underdogs anywhere from 10 to 11 points to the New Orleans Saints. While the Saints are heavily favored in that matchup, things could turn into a shootout between quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford.

More: Broncos vs. Steelers 2012

As for the Broncos against the Steelers, a torn ACL for Rashard Mendenhall didn't cause anyone to move the line down. But could a Ben Roethlisberger injury change that in the final days before the game? Roethlisberger admitted that his ankle is not 100 percent, but he does appear ready to play. The Steelers have been a pass-heavy offense this season.

The over/under for this game is at 34 points, which might be heavily dependent on how much improvement Tim Tebow shows in the passing game. If he is able to throw, Tebow will keep the Broncos in this game.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Report: Ben Roethlisberger Limited In Practice On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers had an injured Ben Roethlisberger as a limited participant during Wednesday's practice. He had a setback with his ankle during Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, but he told reporters that it isn't bad enough to prevent him from playing. Offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey was the only other Steeler to be limited in practice. LaMarr Woodley was a full participant but listed due to his hamstring.

There were five players who did not practice. James Harrison and Troy Polamalu, two of the biggest hitters on the team, did not participate

Here is the complete Wednesday injury report:

Name Pos. Injury Wed.
Cortez Allen DB Shoulder DNP
James Harrison OLB Toe DNP
Brett Keisel DE Groin DNP
Doug Legursky G Shoulder FP
Mewelde Moore RB Knee DNP
Troy Polamalu SS Calf DNP
Maurkice Pouncey C/G Ankle LP
Ben Roethlisberger QB Ankle LP
Lamarr Woodley OLB Hamstring FP

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Steelers Vs Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: Ben Roethlisberger Injury To Ankle Had Setback Last Week

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has dealt with injuries off and on this entire season, be it his foot or his ankle. The latter, though, appears to have been hurt in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to several reports.

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However, Roethlisberger doesn't sound too concerned with the injury (via Mark Kaboly):

"I felt really good going into the Cleveland game," Roethlisberger said. "I don't know if I caught it on the ground wrong or got hit ... we'll see, we'll be alright."

Kaboly also tweeted that Roethlisberger walked into the locker room with a limp, passing an ESPN camera on the way to talk with reporters. That's sure to be a big draw for ESPN, as the possibility of a Roethlisberger injury would be a major turn of events in this game.

Still, all signs point to Roethlisberger playing on Sunday and leading a pass-heavy offense, especially with Rashard Mendenhall out.

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2012 AFC Wild Card: Tim Tebow Has John Elway's 'Full Confidence' For Rebound

While rumors and speculation swirl that Tim Tebow could be on the outside looking in for the Denver Broncos starting quarterback position again in the 2012 season, team vice president John Elway believes his second-year quarterback will be able to bounce back from the tough games he had against the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs to end the regular season. As Woody Paige writes in the Denver Post:

"When you get into these playoff situations, he's a good enough athlete, you know what, to pull the trigger. [...] I have full confidence he'll bounce back and have a good week."


Related: NFL Playoff Rankings | NFL Playoff Ticket Prices Rise


"Pull the trigger" appears to be the phrase to describe this playoff game for Tim Tebow. If Tebow is able to turn around his passing game and defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, that would certainly qualify as "pulling the trigger." The Steelers have the No.1 passing defense in the league, allowing 172 yards per game.

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Steelers Vs. Broncos, 2012 NFL Playoffs: History Says Winner Has Good Chance At Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers meet in the playoffs for the first time since AFC Championship Game on Jan. 22, 2006, the last time the Broncos were in the playoffs. The Steelers won that game, 34-17, and went on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks for a Super Bowl victory. It was just the latest playoff game between the two that saw the victor go on to the Super Bowl (this one needing to do it since it decided the conference championship.

More: Postseason Odds

We also saw this happen in Jan. 1998 when the Broncos defeated the Steelers before winning a Super Bowl for John Elway. In Jan. 1990, the Broncos defeated the Steelers in the divisional round and followed that with a victory over the Browns reach the Super Bowl (losing to the San Francisco 49ers). It also happened in 1977 and 1978, the Broncos ultimately losing in the Super Bowl in the former and the Steelers winning it all in the latter.

The only year that the winning team did not make the Super Bowl was in 1984 as the Steelers lost to the Dolphins in the conference championship after defeating the Broncos one round earlier.

How does this contest turn out?

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NFL Playoffs 2012: Steelers Vs. Broncos Odds

The Denver Broncos are big underdogs at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs. The Steelers opened as eight point favorites, according to Odds Shark, and other lines almost immediately moved the Steelers as nine point favorites.

This is not all that surprising. With loss to the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos are down and almost out entering this game. The oddsmakers certainly don't see many people in favor of the Broncos this week. Tim Tebow has left a sour taste in many mouths.

Even if the Broncos defense can match the Steelers' normally solid defense, Tebow will need to make plays, which he clearly wasn't able to do on Sunday against the Chiefs. Will the expected loss of Rashard Mendenhall for the Steelers move the lines as the week goes on?

Visit Odds Shark for more Wild Card weekend odds and lines. For more in-depth coverage of this matchup, head to Broncos blog Mile High Report and Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more news and notes from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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