NFL Sunday roundup: Tim Tebow engineers another miraculous comeback
|12.11.11 at 7:23 pm ET|
Tim Tebow proved Sunday he can still work his magic in the NFL with more late heroics in the Broncos latest win, a 13-10 overtime victory over the Bears. (And, in case you forgot, the Patriots have to deal with that magic next Sunday.)
Tebow and the Broncos ran a string of fourth quarter comebacks to four games in the win Sunday when, despite trailing the Bears 10-0 with under three minutes remaining in the game, Tebow and kicker Matt Prater led the Broncos to another incredible comeback. The quarter was topped off by Prater’s 59-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to force overtime. The Bears had possession of the ball after the two-minute warning, but Chicago running back Marion Barber went out of bounds on second-and-10 with 1:59 remaining and went out of bounds, stopping the clock and allowing the Broncos to have more time to come back.
“I just believe we’re a team that keeps the faith and believes in each other, and that’s special,” Tebow told FoxSports after the win.
In overtime, the Bears made it into field goal position but fumbled on the Denver 33-yard line. Bronco Wesley Woodyard recovered the fumble to give the Broncos a chance to win the game. Prater completed the comeback with a 51-yard field goal in overtime.
– In the Dolphins‘ 26-10 loss to the Eagles Sunday, Miami (4-8) also lost quarterback Matt Moore, who left the game with a head injury at the end of the third quarter. Moore was 11-for-19 in the game and threw for a touchdown and an interception. He was replaced by veteran J.P. Losman, who struggled in Moore’s place. Losman completed six of 10 passes for 60 yards, fumbled on a fourth-down conversion attempt and was sacked for a safety in just over a quarter of play.
This is not the first time this season the Dolphins lost their starting quarterback to injury. In Week 4, Moore stepped in for starter Chad Henne, who separated his left shoulder and eventually underwent surgery on it. Miami signed Losman to backup Moore following Henne’s injury. The Dolphins will play the Patriots in Foxboro on Dec. 24.
– According to New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta, Jets safety Jim Leonhard suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Jets’ 37-10 win over the Chiefs Sunday. Leonhard hurt himself on an interception in the first half and reportedly tore a ligament in his right knee. This would be the second consecutive season in which Leonhard suffered a season-ending injury, as he broke his tibia last year in practice before a Monday night, Week 13 match-up against the Patriots.
– The Texans are a playoff team for the first time in franchise history, as they clinched the AFC South championship with a 20-19 comeback win over the Bengals Sunday. The feat is particularly impressive considering Houston (10-3) lost its top two quarterbacks in Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart to injury earlier this season. Third-string-turned-starting quarterback T.J. Yates led the Texans to the division championship in exciting fashion, as he led a game-winning, 80-yard drive in 2:31 that he finished off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Walter with two seconds remaining in the game. Houston is the third team to clinch a division title, as the Packers and 49ers previously clinched their divisions.