Sometimes it is hard to get your hands going on the keyboard for a blog entry when you are not quite sure where and how to begin, and where and how to end.
So sometimes, the facts just have to get spit out and we all agree that the judgments will have to come later.
This is one of those times.
How many times have you said or heard someone else say, “I have never seen anything like that before?,” in reference to the Denver Broncos’ stunning and improbable 18-15 overtime win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday?
A lot, probably. The reason is, NOBODY has ever seen that before.
This game marked the first time in the post-merger era of the National Football League (1970 till now) that any team has ever been 15 points down with under three minutes to play and come back to win the game.
It has happened exactly one time, and we all saw it Sunday.
Interestingly, Tim Tebow has a 2-2 record as a starting NFL quarterback, and each win involved overcoming a large deficit, the first being a 17-0 halftime deficit at home against the Houston Texans last year, and the most recent Sunday’s 15-0 deficit with the clock showing under three minutes at Miami.
One of those things where, if you did not see it yourself, you would not buy it.
Of course, going into overtime Sunday, on a day when the Dolphins were honoring the University of Florida’s (and Tebow’s) national championship team, the score at the end of regulation was an absurdly symbolic 15-15.
And besides that……in the 23-year, 358-game pro coaching career of Broncos head coach John Fox, this was the first time he saw his team recover an onside kick.
Naturally, it happened at precisely the right moment in time.
And besides that…..kicker Matt Prater, who had missed on two field goals earlier in the contest–some critics have mentioned that Miami missed a two-point conversion which would have altered the score negatively for the Broncos, but of course Prater making either or both of the earlier field goals would have altered the score positively for the Broncos—executed not only the successful onside kick but also kicker the 52-yard game winner.
And beside that……Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who played his great college career at the University of Miami and who was having a reunion of his own in that the game was played in the stadium in which the Hurricanes also play their home games, not only forced but recovered the fumble which gave Denver its final possession of the game in overtime and set up the Prater heroics.
The Prater heroics followed the Williams heroics.
And it is actually OK to use the word “heroics” without “Tebow” as the adjective, because Tim would be the first to say, as he did, that it is a TEAM game.
And besides that…and speaking of team, this win was the 400th in the entire history of the Denver Broncos, with 257 having come under the magnificent ownership of the great—legitimately, great—Pat Bowlen.
Preceding his postgame speech to the team Fox gave a game ball to Mr. Bowlen, who accepted as he always does, humbly and with class.
The 400 wins by the franchise make Denver the third original American Football League team to reach the 400 mark, with Oakland and New England being the first two.
The 257 wins since Pat Bowlen has owned the team, starting in 1984, are the most in the American Football Conference and second only to the San Francisco 49ers in the entire NFL in that time frame.
So, those are the stars that all came together Sunday in Miami.
Not only has no one “ever seen anything like that before,” before, but who knows when we will again.
But that’s the beauty of football.
This week in Denver, John Fox, Tim Tebow and the Broncos all take the field again, this time against the Detroit Lions, who got off to their best start in 50 years this season.
And you never know. Maybe next week, we’ll all be saying “I have never seen anything like that before” once again.
Tags: Jim Saccomano