In his first start this year, Tebow rallied the Denver Broncos with two touchdown passes in the final 2:44 of the fourth quarter to force overtime, and Matt Prater’s 52-yard field goal provided the winner for the Broncos as they defeated the Dolphins 18-15 Sunday.
“It’s tough to say, but man, Timmy did a great job,” said Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who played with Tebow at Florida. “Hopefully the critics will get off him about what he can’t do and talk about the things that he can do, and that’s figure out a way to win the game, no matter what.”
The Broncos were down 15-0 with 5:23 left with the ball at their 20. At that point Tebow was 4 for 14 for 40 yards. He would then lead late drives of 80 and 56 yards with the Broncos also recovering an onside kick. Tebow scored a 2-point conversion with 17 seconds left to tie the game.
In overtime, Denver’s D.J. Williams sacked Matt Moore to force a fumble and recovered it at the Miami 36. Three plays later Prater hit the game-winner.
For the Dolphins, it’s 0-6, and not getting better. Head coach Tony Sparano looks like a dead man walking.
“Of course he’s the head coach and he’s going to take a lot of heat,” receiver Brandon Marshall said. “But trust me, it’s not him. Not just him. It’s all of us.”
The Dolphins lost for the 12th time in their past 13 home games.
“I’m just discouraged for the players in the locker room,” Sparano said. “They work really hard, and we don’t have anything to show for it right now.”
‘It was my fault we were in that position,” he said. “Silly things kept happening. On the sidelines, we were still believing. We wanted it, and they believed in me for more than 60 minutes.”