Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos have done it again.
Sunday, December 4, 2011 Tebow led Denver into Minnesota to face the Vikings with hopes of not only a victory, but a lead in the AFC West division.
The first half went as usual for the Broncos, little offensive productivity. The Broncos managed just one first down and no points on offense. The defense, however, capitalized on an interception thrown by Christian Ponder to Mario Haggan, which he returned for a TD.
Percy Harvin did his best to keep Minnesota in the lead, catching 8 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns (both in the second half). The second TD for Harvin came in the fourth quarter with 9:53 remaining to put the Vikings up 29-21.
The Broncos quickly responded, scoring on a drive that took only two plays (a 42 yard pass from Tebow to Demaryius Thomas and a 24 yard scamper into the end zone from Willis McGahee). Tebow then did what he does best, found the end zone on his feet for the successful two point conversion, tying the game at 29 apiece.
With the clock winding down, the atmosphere was all too familiar for Bronco fans, game within a score and Tebow at the helm.
In the dramatic fashion that is synonymous with Tim Tebow, the Broncos forced a turnover with just over a minute remaining and the ball on the Minnesota 15 yard line.
Matt Prater punched a chip shot field goal through as time expired, vaulting Denver into first place atop their division with a 7-5 record, holding the tie-break over Oakland.
Tim Tebow is now 6-1 as the starter for Denver this year with victories over Miami, Oakland, Kansas City, New York Jets, San Diego, and now Minnesota.
The Broncos will host Cutler-less Chicago and offensive powerhouse New England over the next two weeks.
If the defense can continue to keep opposing offenses in check, look for “St. Timothy” to continue drawing upon his inner Houdini to rack up more W’s and, who knows, maybe even lead Denver to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.