Broncos rally behind Tim Tebow yet again, stun Bears 13-10 in overtime
www.washingtonpost.com – DENVER — Even the Denver Broncos seemed a bit dazed by this latest comeback led by Tim Tebow.
Champ Bailey summed up Sunday’s 13-10 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears this way: “Wow!”
Matt Prater’s 51-yard field goal 6½ minutes into OT won it after his 59-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation tied the score.
It was Denver’s sixth straight win and seventh in eight games since Tebow was promoted to starter. The Broncos have trailed in the second half in six of those victories.
This latest comeback put Denver in sole possession of first place in the AFC West after Oakland’s 46-16 drubbing at Green Bay.
After failing to score on their first dozen possessions, the Broncos (8-5) erased a 10-0 deficit in the final 2:08 of regulation.
Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas with a 10-yard TD pass, then got the ball back with 53 seconds left after Marion Barber saved the Broncos precious time by going out of bounds when the Bears were trying to run out the clock.
Denver was out of timeouts after Thomas’ touchdown and had to try an onside kick, which the Broncos couldn’t recover. But on second down after the two-minute warning, Barber cut outside and was pushed out, stopping the clock.
The Bears would have to punt, and Tebow got the ball back at his 20 and went to work, not needing to go far with Prater’s strong leg in the thin air.
He drove the Broncos 39 yards for Prater’s kick, which he rocketed through the uprights.
“We missed the onside kick. Then, all of a sudden, Barber goes out of bounds and gives us a chance,” Bailey marveled. “We knew right then we still had a fighting chance. If you give our offense a chance in the end, good things might happen.”
The Bears (7-6) won the toss in overtime and quickly got into field goal range before Barber, who rushed for 108 yards but will be remembered for his two late mistakes, coughed up the football at the Broncos 34, and Elvis Dumervil recovered.
Barber had already broken through the first line of defense for the first down when linebacker Wesley Woodyard reached out and grabbed his right arm, popping the ball loose.
“It’s crazy,” Bailey said. “He has a free lane to run. All of a sudden, somebody snatches the ball out. Wow! We made a play when we had to. We hadn’t had a turnover all day.”