Tim Tebow has led the Broncos from 1-4 to the division lead with the craziest, most unlikely eight-week run in NFL history. It's taken clutch playmaking, a newly stout defense and, most of all, unwavering belief. Tebow's first start came against a winless Miami Dolphins team in Week 7. Although the game was played in Miami, lots of fans wore Tebow jerseys, and the popular quarterback drew a big roar trotting onto the field for his first series. After a horrific start, Tebow threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:44 of regulation, scored a two-point conversion standing up with 17 seconds left to tie the game and, after a Miami turnover in overtime, led a drive that was capped by a 52-yard Matt Prater field goal.
2 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 8 vs. Detroit: 45-10 loss
Tebow's lone loss as a starter in 2011 was a blowout. A Broncos' defense that's been able to keep its lackluster offense in the game long enough for fourth quarter heroics ("Tebow time") didn't have any answers for Matthew Stafford, who threw three touchdown passes. Tebow was sacked seven times and most of his yardage came with the outcome long decided.
3 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 9 at Oakland: 38-24 win
Coming off a bye week, Denver coach John Fox used a zone-read offense similar to the one Tebow ran at the University of Florida. The result was Tebow putting up his highest single- game rushing total of the year and the Broncos scoring a season-high 38 points.
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Week 10 at Kansas City: 17-10 win
Tebow scored his second rushing touchdown of the season but only completed two passes against the Chiefs. One was a 56-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter to give the Broncos the win.
5 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 11 vs. NY Jets: 17-13 win
Rex Ryan's defense was no match for the former Heisman winner, well...sort of. Tebow scored on a 20-yard run with 58 seconds left in the game to cap off the 95-yard, game-winning drive. The other Broncos touchdown was scored on an interception return by cornerback Andre' Goodman.
6 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 12 at San Diego: 16-13 (OT) win
Tebow didn't lead his team to an overtime victory until after San Diego kicker Nick Novak missed a 53-yard attempt. With 29 seconds to go in the divisional contest, Matt Prater (inset) kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Denver the win. Tebow's 22 carries were the most in his short NFL career.
7 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 13 at Minnesota: 35-32 win
Matt Prater kicked two Denver field goals in the final 93 seconds after Tebow led the Broncos on two late fourth quarter scoring drives. The Broncos passer also threw two passing touchdowns for the third time in 2011.
8 of 8Stephen Boyle, SI.com
Week 14 vs. Chicago: 13-10 (OT) win
Tebow improved to 3-0 in overtime this season. He led a drive that resulted in a 59-yard, game-tying field goal from Matt Prater with three seconds remaining in regulation after Marion Barber ran out of bounds while trying to run out the clock. In overtime, after a Barber fumble, Tebow led the game-winning drive, which ended with a 51-yarder off Prater's right foot.
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