Play of the Game – Yes, Tebow Can Throw

From Arrowhead Stadium

QUARTER – 4th quarter, 6 minutes, 52 seconds to play.

SCORE – Broncos led 10-7.

DOWN & DISTANCE – 3rd-and-10 from the Broncos 44-yard line.

DEFENSIVE SET – base 3-4-4 defense.


He only did it eight times Sunday afternoon. He completed only two of those eight.

But the second one turned out to be the play of the game for the Broncos, the 56-yard touchdown pass from QB Tim Tebow to WR Eric Decker.

As it turned out, those were the winning points for Denver in its 17-10 victory.

Ironically, the play itself did not start out well.

“We got a penalty for delay of game,” Tebow said. “They were bringing a blitz and I was calling an audible on protection and we ran out of time. I’m glad we stuck with it after the penalty.”

It was a windy day on the floor of Arrowhead and that added an extra dimension for both quarterbacks. But it was especially noteworthy for a guy like Tebow with limited NFL playing and starting experience.

Yet, when the time came to throw it, the ball was in the air.

“It was just a go route and Tim threw it real well,” said Denver head coach John Fox. “There’s a little bit of a stutter move at the beginning of the route and Decker shook free and we dropped it on them pretty well. It was a well executed play.”

Decker got behind both CB Brandon Flowers and SS Reshard Langford on the play.

“It was zone coverage,” Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said. “It wasn’t just Brandon and it wasn’t just Reshard. It was everybody in that particular play. We needed to do a better job.”

Tebow and Decker almost hooked up on a long pass in the first half, but that pass was knocked away by FS Kendrick Lewis. This connection was bigger and more important for the Broncos.

“To make that play at that time was big,” said Decker. “Tim threw a perfect ball.”

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