Wildcard Anatomy: Tebow OT Winner

Anatomy of a Play, Denver Broncos, Greg Smith, Inside the Game, Pittsburgh Steelers

It will go down as one of the greatest plays in NFL history.

The Denver Broncos knocked the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs with an 80-yard, game-winning touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas.

It was set up by the Broncos league-best rushing attack and the fact that Denver had run on 23 out of their 24 1st down plays in regulation.

On the first snap of overtime, the Steelers brought every defender within five yards of the line of scrimmage to stop a first down run.

Ike Taylor was on an island with Thomas, with no help in the deep middle of the field. Thomas’ post pattern off of play action was the perfect play call to attack the defense.

After faking a handoff to Willis McGahee, Tebow calmly set his feet and delivered a strike to Thomas. The pinpoint pass hit the big receiver in stride, so he didn’t have to slow down to catch it. Thomas stiff-armed Taylor and had the speed to finish for the touchdown.

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