The 7 trials of Tim Tebow in Broncos' win over Bears (PHOTOS)
Broncos' fans are growing accustomed to improbable victories this season -- and yesterday's 13-10 overtime win over the Chicago Bears is no exception. But that doesn't mean we should take Tim Tebow's latest miracle for granted. Like his Lord and Savior, Tebow faced seven trials on the way to a seemingly inevitable crucifixion before his triumphant resurrection -- and these challenges only made the end result that much more meaningful. Count them down below.
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Trial No. 7: The strength of the opponent. Coming into the game, many Broncos fans expected an easy win because of injuries to starting quarterback Sweet Baby Jay Cutler and super-back Matt Forte. But this assumption completely neglected the power of the Bears' defense. Tebow's designated shadow, Brian Urlacher may have long since earned the term "grizzled veteran," but he continues to perform at an extremely high level. Moreover, Chicago's team speed put a damper on many of Denver's go-to plays, including the run-option and Tebow's designed up-the-gut bursts. As a result, the Broncos were forced to rely on The Chosen One's arm more than his legs for much of the contest.
Trial No. 6: The sacrifices. With the return of Von Miller, the Broncos appeared to be back at close to full strength on the defensive side of the ball. But over the course of the hard-fought battle, major players went down, including Brian Dawkins, the squad's inspirational leader, Andre Goodman, whose interception return for a touchdown versus the Vikings made that W possible, safety David Bruton and lineman Marcus Thomas. Add to that the hamstring injury suffered by fullback Spencer Larson and the Broncos quickly went from vigorous and vibrant to severely depleted.
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