The magic of Tim Tebow is bigger than football and grows larger with each late-game miracle by the Broncos. Logic fails to explain this no-way-in-heaven, overtime victory against Chicago, unless you consider: Denver played as if victory was preordained.
"I believe in a big God and special things can happen," Tebow said Sunday, after the Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10, only because the Broncos believed they couldn't lose.
How deeply do the Broncos believe?
Well, here's a story certain to cause church-goers to thump a Bible with a loud "Amen!" and skeptics to roll their eyes at the crazy thought of mixing religion with sports.
"Tebow came to me and said, Don't worry about a thing, because God has spoken to him," linebacker Wesley Woodyard told me in a quiet corner of the Denver locker room.
With his right hand, Woodyard desperately reached out and ripped the football from the grip of Chicago's Marion Barber just as it appeared he was going to bust a big run to put the Bears squarely in scoring position during the opening minutes of overtime.
The fumble luckily fell into the possession of defensive end Elvis Dumervil, and the Broncos promptly marched downfield to a game-winning, 51-yard field goal by Matt Prater that rocked Denver with a soul-shaking thunder not heard since the local baseball team rode Rocktober to a World Series berth in 2007.
"Don't flipping ask me how this is happening," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said, "because you know I don't have the answer."
If you ask Woodyard, these strange bounces are more than a curious roll of random good fortune, but rather a thread running through a stretch of eight games during which Denver has won seven times, each victory more preposterous than the last.
On the evening of Nov. 17, as the Broncos prepared to take the field for warm-ups against the New York Jets, Woodyard looked up from his locker and saw Tebow walking directly toward him with a purpose.
"Kinda weird," Woodyard thought at the time, because a quarterback seldom hangs in the end of the room where defenders dress. Tebow, however, wanted to share a secret and the gospel of strength.
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