At this point, the ability for Tim Tebow to construct a fourth quarter game-winning drive isn’t the thing of legend; it’s trivial.
You know the Denver Broncos quarterback is going to put his team in a position to win the game. It’s only a matter of time.
But with minutes remaining in overtime, even Broncos fans had their doubts: there was no time left. And there Tebow stood, another stretch of football field to traverse, where a handful of drives in the fourth quarter and overtime had fallen short. Had the magic run out?
Maybe it did. Maybe the Broncos’ defense had to supply some magic of their own. Their clutch play through five periods of football deserves more praise than any one player alone. Maybe Willis McGahee, newly-named team captain, decided to put the team on his shoulders. Because after San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak missed a game-winning 53-yard field goal attempt, it was McGahee’s 24-yard run that put the Broncos in position to win. Matt Prater sealed the deal to topple the Chargers in San Diego, 16-13.
Give Tebow credit for the ability to tie the game late in the fourth quarter all the same.
The defense was dominant: Philip Rivers was held to 188 passing yards and a dismal 77.1 passer rating. Tebow, for a change, had a decent day of passing. He went 9 of 18 for 143 yards and a 95.4 passer rating.
The Broncos move to 6-5 and remain a game back in the AFC West. The Chargers, losers of six straight, fall to 4-7.