When Quinton Carter intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, he became the first Broncos rookie in franchise history to record a postseason interception. It was also the first of the rookie safety’s career.
Quarterback Tim Tebow became just the second player in NFL postseason history to pass for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, and also run for 50 or more yards and a touchdown. He joined Joe Montana in accomplishing that feat.
Denver’s defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times on Sunday, matching the most sacks allowed by Pittsburgh in a single game this season. Defensive end Robert Ayers led the way with his first career multi-sack game. Defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and linebacker Von Miller each added one sack a piece.
Safety David Bruton became the 11th different player to lead or share the lead in single-game tackles for the Broncos this season. He finished with eight stops (all solo) and one pass breakup against Pittsburgh.
Tebow completed four passes of 30 or more yards in the second quarter on Sunday against Pittsburgh. He is the first player to toss four 30-plus-yard passes in the same quarter since Warren Moon did so in 1990, and the first player to ever do so in a playoff game since at least 1960. Tebow finished the game with five 30-plus-yard passing plays — just two fewer than the Steelers defense had allowed all season entering the game.
Tebow’s 10 completions for 316 yards yielded an average per completion of 31.6 yards, which is the second-highest single-game mark in NFL history (regular or postseason, min. 10 completions). It sits behind only Joe Namath’s 15 completions for 496 yards against Baltimore on Sept. 24, 1972.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught four passes for 204 yards – good for an average of 51.0 yards per reception — against the Steelers on Sunday. That figure is the second highest single-game total among receivers with at least four catches in a game in NFL history (regular season or postseason).
Tebow’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Thomas was the longest overtime scoring play in NFL postseason history. The play took just 11 seconds, making Sunday’s game the shortest overtime game in NFL postseason history.
Thomas, who set a franchise postseason record with 204 receiving yards against the Steelers, posted the seventh-most receiving yards in a single game in NFL postseason history. It was the first time all season the Steelers allowed a 100-yard receiver.