The Green Bay Packers held off a fourth quarter rally by the Minnesota Vikings in the dilapidated Mall of America Field (or, as it’s known by locals “Lambeau West”) to remain undefeated on the season. But the accomplishment was overshadowed Sunday by the first career start of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
“There’s really not much to say about our game when today marked the start of the Tebow era,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in his post-game press conference. Of Aaron Rodgers’ 335-yard, 3-TD performance, McCarthy said, “Yeah, I guess it was alright, but did you see Tebow make that one scramble?!?”
“We didn’t really want to come out of the tunnel to start the game,” acknowledged a star-struck Rodgers. “I mean… Tebow was about to lead a come-from-behind victory over the [winless] Dolphins. We were all just glued to the TV!”
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NFL.com, which understandably led with the gripping story of two teams with a combined total of one victory coming into Sunday’s contest, breathlessly applauded Tebow’s “late game heroics” complete with a montage of photos of Tebow’s life accompanied by Queen’s We Are the Champions. “Just remember where you were today, so you can tell your grandchildren you saw Tim Tebow’s first victory,” said a visibly shaken NFL.com columnist with tears streaming down his face.
Media and public officials around the world rejoiced at the news of the Broncos victory. A sampling of headlines:
- “Dolphins Salvage Season with Loss to Tebow” – Miami Herald
- “Tebow Awarded Honorary Heisman Trophy and Third National Championship After Sunday's Win” – Gainesville Sun
- “Suck It, Merrill Hodge!” – Denver Post
- “Sun Life Stadium to Be Re-named Sea of Galilee Stadium After Tebow Walks Over It” – International Herald Tribune
- “If Only Tebow Were President, He’d Know What to Do” – Washington Post
- “God Admits: It Should Have Been 'Tim 3:16'” – Christian Science Monitor