So many factors led to Broncos' dramatic winning TD
By Steve Trout NFL Films
Published: Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:32 p.m.
It will go down as one of the greatest plays in NFL history.
The Denver Broncos knocked the mighty Steelers out of the playoffs with an 80-yard, winning touchdown pass from Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas.
It was set up by the Broncos' league-best rushing attack and the fact that Denver had run on 23 out of their 24 first-down plays in regulation.
On the first snap of overtime, the Steelers brought every defender within five yards of the line of scrimmage to stop a first-down run.
Ike Taylor was on an island with Thomas, with no help in the deep middle of the field. Thomas' post pattern off of play-action was the perfect play call to attack the defense.
After faking a handoff to Willis McGahee, Tebow calmly set his feet and delivered a strike to Thomas. The pinpoint pass hit the big receiver in stride, so he didn't have to slow down to catch it. Thomas stiff-armed Taylor and had the speed to finish for the touchdown.