Tim Tebow blessings continue: 10 miracles that show Broncos can make the playoffs (VIDEOS)
No telling how many heathens among Broncos Nation have been converted by Tim Tebow's stint as the team's starting QB, but they probably number in the thousands by now. After all, the way Denver's been winning -- including yesterday's 35-32 victory over the Vikings -- is nearly as good as a burning bush when it comes to proof there's a higher power. Below: Our top ten examples of pigskin miracles surrounding the game and the Broncos.
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10. Adrian Peterson was on the shelf. The Vikings are a different team when Peterson is healthy. He's arguably the most dominant running back in the pro sport; his mere presence takes the focus off Christian Ponder in ways that only help the rookie signal-caller. But he was on the sidelines, and while his replacement, Toby Gerhart, put up some solid numbers, he didn't present the sort of breakaway threat that's omnipresent when Peterson's in the backfield.
9. Christian Ponder Brain Fart No. 1. Ponder is a promising young talent, and he had his best game as a pro against the Broncos' D, which was far more erratic without future NFL defensive rookie of the year Von Miller, but still had more than a few moments. There were, however, a couple of exceptions when it came to Ponder's prowess. First up, an ill-advised first-quarter toss to none other than Mario Haggan, who was in the lineup because of Miller's broken thumb. The pick six, following a safety on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage, was huge in light of the squad's offense in the first half, which was practically nonexistent.
8. The Percy Harvin cure. Speed-burner Harvin missed Friday practice because of a mysterious illness. But the only thing sick on Sunday was his play, which resulted in eight catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. So why include him in this particular list? Because, as every reader of the Bible understands, each protagonist needs an antagonist -- someone whose powers make ultimate success that much sweeter. Not that Harvin should be equated with Satan -- but there's no denying he was devilishly good against Denver.
7. Willis McGahee keeps getting better. Remember: McGahee's a member of the Broncos because the Baltimore Ravens thought he was done -- or at least that his career was winding down at the same time Ray Rice's was revving up. But somehow, a ball carrier who supposedly had little tread left on the tires has turned into a reliable, powerful force. He racked up 111 yards on twenty carries yesterday, repeatedly helping Denver to maintain possession at key times.
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