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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/10/12

You're going to need to get a second or third cup this morning. KK

This is the time of season when it pays to play on a winner. Literally, pays.

Pondering your postseason parlays anew? The completion of the wild-card round hasn't swayed oddsmakers, who still like the Packers to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

So what did Tim Tebow do differently that allowed him to have his best passing game yet when it mattered most against the Steelers?

Bill Belichick labels Denver Broncos 'a really solid team' - ESPN Boston
Like football fans across the country, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick watched what unfolded Sunday in Denver closely.

2012 NFL Playoffs -- Tim Tebow of Denver Broncos got $250K bonus for victory, source says - ESPN
The Denver Broncos' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday turned into a nice payoff for quarterback Tim Tebow in more ways than one.

NFL Draft Preparation - How Tebow has helped the misfits |
TFE shows how some players just break the mold as clubs enter NFL draft preparation and study the quarterback position. news: Tebow reportedly collects $250,000 bonus for each playoff win
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reportedly earned a $250,000 bonus for his team's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC Wild--Card game.

Denver Broncos Videos

John Fox Press Conference
Head Coach John Fox talks about the significance of Sunday's wild card win and looking ahead to New England.

Sounds from the Press Room
Players talk about beating the Steelers and Saturday's rematch with New England.

Eddie Royal talks about Denver’s upset victory | ProFootballTalk
Royal is only a fourth year receiver, but that makes him the wise old veteran of a very young receiver crew.

NFL Videos: The Prophecy
01:16 – Tim Tebow and Tom Brady shook hands after the Patriots defeated the Broncos in Week 15, and while that might be customary, a prophecy is not. Listen to what Brady said to Tebow during that "prophetic" handshake.

NFL Videos: Fox feels fortunate for win
02:51 – What did John Fox have to say one day after his team's surprising win over the Steelers? The Broncos coach stops by to talk about Sunday's win and how his team is going to prepare for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

NFL Videos: Coaches Show: Should McDaniels be allowed to coach?
01:17 – Is it fair for Josh McDaniels to be a part of the Patriots when they take on the Broncos this weekend in playoff action? Brian Billick and Dennis Green discuss.

NFL Videos: Coaches Show: John Fox's decision
01:15 – John Fox's choice of Tim Tebow as Denver's QB has been criticized. Brian Billick and Dennis Green try to imagine Fox's approach with Tebow heading into Foxborough.

NFL Videos: Tebow solidifies his future
03:09 – Did Tim Tebow lock up his spot as the Broncos' starting QB in 2012? Charles Davis explains how crucial Sunday's win was to Tebow's future and why he can carry over the momentum into the game against the Patriots.

NFL Videos: Coaches Show: How did the Steelers lose?
04:04 – Few people predicted that the Broncos could topple the Steelers. But Dennis Green says the Steelers ran the wrong defense against Tim Tebow.

Behind the Mic presented by Allstate - Long: Top defenses, defensive players in 2011 playoffs -
NFL analyst Howie Long names his best defenses and top defensive players in the 2011 playoffs.

Behind the Mic presented by Allstate - Long: Brady, Patriots' the most vulnerable playoff team -
NFL analyst Howie Long believes the Patriots' are the most vulnerable playoff team, as he declares New England doesn't have a championship caliber defense.

Denver Broncos News

Healthy Thomas Realizing Potential "
Day after day of training camp, Demaryius Thomas walked out onto the Dove Valley practice fields and watched his teammates.

Notebook: Balance Fuels Broncos Offense
The Broncos used an explosive passing game to complement the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack in Sunday's victory; A rematch looms with New England; The game is won throughout the week.

Broncos vs. Steelers: Thomas Catches Game-winner |
Demaryius Thomas raced into the end zone on an 80-yard touchdown reception to win the Broncos Wild Card game vs. Pittsburgh on the first play of overtime.

Broncos' Decker finished for season | National Football Post
Lost amid the good news for the Denver Broncos in their stunning 29-23 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday is the fact that receiver Eric Decker's season appears over.

Tim Tebow, John 3:16 and the Denver Broncos: Is God Answering His Prayers? - Speakeasy - WSJ
Tim Tebow, the famously religious quarterback, led the Denver Broncos to another apparently miraculous win yesterday. So is God answering Tebow's prayers? James Martin, a Jesuit priest, tackles the theological question of whether God plays favorites in football or in life.

Denver Broncos' victory and upcoming game give businesses a boost, merchants say - The Denver Post
To the delight of the Denver business community, the warm glow of the Broncos' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday is going to last a few days.

For Broncos and Thomas, Patience Rewarded
The catch, stiff-arm and sprint that extended the Broncos’ improbable season by at least six days was provided by a player whose body was finally primed for the rigors of the NFL after a series of injuries had defined most of his first two seasons.

Can the Broncos limit the Patriots' TEs? | National Football Post
Three routes that could create matchup issues for Denver.

The Xs and Os of Tebow's TD run vs. the Steelers | National Football Post
There has been plenty of talk on Tim Tebow’s ability to produce vs. the Steelers’ secondary in the Broncos’ 29-23 Wild Card win on Sunday. The QB thew the 9 (fade) route, worked the double-move and added in some play action. 316-yards and 2 TDs vs. the NFL’s No.1 defense.

Tim Tebow spawns theories to explain his development as quarterback of the Denver Broncos - ESPN
Yet again, we were somehow all caught off guard by Tim Tebow. Not only is he winning, but he's winning in the playoffs and putting up eye-popping numbers through the air. Tebow is unlike any other NFL quarterback we've seen before. What are we to make of him? Who is he? Here are eight theories:

Road to Indy - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Say what you want about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. But one thing he does pretty well is throw the deep ball over top of coverage that's trying to stop the run.

NFL Total Quarterback Rating - National Football League - ESPN
Check out's NFL total quarterback rating.

Broncos' have trenches advantage with big linemen - The Denver Post
The Broncos have literally tipped the scales on offense.

Denver Broncos' win had that 'Cardiac' feel | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper
It was weird, like stepping into a time machine and wandering out into January 2004.

Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas connect on big plays in upset over Steelers - Don Banks -
DENVER -- Consider the trigger pulled. And we even have a victim, that being the once-dangerous Pittsburgh Steelers. And talk about your smoking gun.

Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas lift Broncos to surprising win over Pittsburgh Steelers - Peter King -
Not the greatest weekend for start-to-finish drama, but the Denver-Pittsburgh overtime thriller made up for those earlier 21-, 17- and 22-point playoff games.

Tebow: Win over Steelers "a great memory for us" | First-and-Orange
Tim Tebow says he started sprinting after Demaryius Thomas as the Broncos’ wide receiver raced down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers on Sunday night. Then, for the first time in his career, Tebow jumped into the stands.

Tim Tebow timeline on college, NFL career of Broncos QB | First-and-Orange
Tebow timeline on college, NFL career of Broncos quarterback : First-and-Orange is the authority on the latest breaking news and analysis about the Denver Broncos, written by Mike Klis, Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold. Colorado

Notes: Broncos Relieved About Decker; Allen on Rams’ Radar
The Broncos breathed easier Monday with the news that Eric Decker’s knee injury is merely a sprained medial collateral ligament rather than a full, season-ending tear.

Demaryius Thomas's Comeback Is One That Inspires - Predominantly Orange
A little less than one year ago, Demaryius Thomas was not only between a rock and a hard spot, but he had another rock hanging from his foot. In February, Thomas tore his Achilles tendon forcing him into a cast. Doctor’s said that he would miss 8-12 months, undergoing surgery and working an intense rehab program. news: Modified OT rules left Broncos' Thomas perplexed after score
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas assumed a starring role in one of the most unforgettable NFL plays in recent memory with his 80-yard catch and run in overtime Sunday against the Steelers.

Has Tim Tebow cemented himself as the Broncos' starting QB?
The more Denver wins, the further it drops in the draft order away from blue-chip quarterbacking talent. But does any of that matter? -

Column - Tebow Is Still Giving NFL Whiplash -
Tim Tebow is still giving the NFL whiplash.

John Elway on Tim Tebow: 'He's done a tremendous job'
Tim Tebow turned in the game of his professional life Sunday. But will it be his first of many postseason victories in a Denver Broncos uniform, or merely the exclamation point on an erratic 2011 season?

Was Broncos' win vs. Steelers your favorite OT playoff game?
Now that you've had 36 hours to process the Broncos' improbable playoff win over the Steelers on Sunday, let's assess its place in NFL lore.

Which NFL playoff backup quarterback do you have most faith in?
Brady Quinn, Broncos:

Three-and-out: Steelers' 2012 homework
The Steelers' 2011 season came to a sudden, stunning end in Denver on Sunday at the hands of Broncos QB Tim Tebow.

Rams interviewing Denver O.C. Dennis Allen - Scoop Du Jour - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
It's not a done deal that Jeff Fisher will be the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams

Game Week

Patriots Prepare for Red-Hot Tebow and Broncos -
Even Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have a little bit of Tebowmania.

Tebow-Mania Stealing Spotlight From Pats' Brady -
Long before Tebow-Mania swept across North America, football fans had a fascination for another National Football League (NFL) quarterback with a no less compelling story. news: Tom Brady very well might be 'a prophet' to Tim Tebow
The national media has misquoted Tom Brady and sensationalized an otherwise routine postgame encounter between the Patriots' quarterback and Tim Tebow back in Week 15.

Film Breakdown: Tebow's Tendencies - Pats Pulpit
I'm surprised that the Patriots will be facing the Denver Broncos. Anyone who says they're not surprised is a diehard Broncos fan with complete respect for the T.J. Yates and the Houston Texans. news: Timing of McDaniels' Patriots return calls into question fairness
Josh McDaniels, fresh off one season as the Rams' offensive coordinator, is returning to New England just in time to lend a helping hand as the Patriots prepare to face the Broncos in Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff.

Media Whining Over Josh McDaniels Hiring: Did the Patriots "Cheat the System?" - Pats Pulpit
The Patriots' decision to re-hire Josh McDaniels in the middle of the 2011 postseason was a bit unconventional, I'll give you that. But when the Patriots hired McDaniels over the weekend, they had no idea that he would be facing his former team in the Denver Broncos.

Broncos happy to earn a rematch with the Patriots - The Boston Globe
The Patriots knew they’d be getting a rematch in the divisional round when the Broncos and Steelers faced off yesterday in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Heaven-sent matchup: Tim Tebow II a real gift from above -
We can now put a face and a name on the Patriots divisional round opponent. And if you were looking for the Pats to get the best possible matchup out of the three possible contenders at the start of the weekend, the fact that it’s anyone but the Pittsburgh Steelers pretty much assured that. But...

Bruschi On Tap: New England Patriots are playing for the patch - ESPN Boston
I don't think there were many of us who thought the Denver Broncos would be coming in here. So let's talk playoffs and let's talk Tim Tebow.

2012 NFL playoffs -- New England Patriots' Tom Brady eager to work with Josh McDaniels again - ESPN Boston
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he's looking forward to working again with new coaching assistant Josh McDaniels as the team prepares for "a big challenge"in Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Saturday night in an AFC divisional playoff showdown.

AFC Notes

Chargers to stay in San Diego next season | National Football Post
Team had out clause that could have allowed it to move before lease is up

Chiefs make Crennel hiring official | National Football Post
Interim tag officially removed for 64-year-old coach

Report: Raiders evaluating Hue Jackson | National Football Post
New GM Reggie McKenzie may decide coach's fate.

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Impatient owners don't allow coaches to develop -- Adam Schefter's 10 Spot - ESPN
Three years ago, the NFL found itself in a similar position to where it is today. In the days following black Monday, teams scrambled to hire head coaches to replace the ones they fired.

2012 NFL draft -- NFL bars scouts from attending NFLPA college All-Star Game - ESPN
The NFL has barred scouts from attending a Jan. 21 bowl game organized by the players' association, upsetting the union.

NFL, ex-players seek to consolidate concussion suits in Philadelphia - ESPN
The National Football League hopes to consolidate in Philadelphia a string of lawsuits filed across the country by former players who say they've suffered concussion-related brain injuries.

2012 NFL Playoffs -- New York Giants' Aaron Ross, D.J. Ware go through concussion protocol - ESPN New York
New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross and running back D.J. Ware are being examined and going through the protocol that players must undergo if they may have suffered a concussion. news: Wild Card Weekend presents its share of wackiness
Oh, snap! Game: Broncos 29, Steelers 23 (OT)

Mike Pereira: New overtime rule makes for more dramatic ending - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The NFL was dying to see how its new overtime rule would work, and it found out in a hurry.

N.F.L. Divisional Matchups: What the Film Says -
When these teams met in Week 15, the Broncos ran for over 160 yards in the first quarter but did very little through the air.

Did you have a problem with Harrison's tackle on Decker?
Broncos coach John Fox said the knee injury Denver WR Eric Decker suffered Sunday was just a sprain.

Go Broncos!