The Pittsburgh Steelers must be kicking themselves this morning.
Giving up only two plays over 40 yards all season, they allowed four to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The reason? They didn’t think Tebow had it in him.
“We felt we had a good grasp of what they would try to do to us,” linebacker James Farrior said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They made more plays than we thought they were capable of making.
“We really hadn’t seen that out of him on tape.”
“Stunned, yeah. Shocking!” Hines Ward said about Tebow’s game-winning touchdown pass.
“We did better in the second half,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau told Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Give the kid credit.”
Meanwhile, with the victory, Tebow is a little richer.
A clause in his contract with the Broncos provides a $250,000 bonus for each playoff win he leads the Broncos to, provided he took 70 percent of the team’s snaps during the regular season.
For the season, Tebow was at 73%. Pretty incredible when you consider that reporters had Tebow not even playing any QB this year.