As the former Heisman Trophy Gator knelt and prayed, he probably whispered to the ground.
"Just end my suffering quickly."
Well, his executioners (the Detroit Lions defense) made slow and extremely painful as they bashed, smashed and crashed into the Tebow-led Broncos to a dominating 45-10 victory.
As a Gator, Tim Tebow had a few stinkers. His Florida team gave up 30+ points to an aggressive Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 National Title game. Even the "win" against Miami two Sundays ago, was ugly stat-wise 16-37 passing. But, he won 18-15.
Miami was (and still is) winless. Detroit was merciless. Ndamakong Suh, Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nick Fairley harassed Tebow into 2 ints (one being ran back for touchdown), three fumbles (one being recovered for another touchdown), seven sacks and dozens of pressures.
The Broncos offensive line was like a siv. It leaked with Lions defensive ends and defensive backs. Tebow found no place to hide. Denver's backfield turned into a minefield. He finished 18-39 with more bruises and cuts than completions.
In the meantime, Detroit's offense enjoyed blown coverage. Rookie WR Titus Young stood alone in the endzone playing bridge before a defender came into view. Young caught the easiest 40 yard touchdown pass in NFL history. Also, WR Calvin Johnson aka Megatron overpowered the Bronco secondary for seven catches, 126 yards and one impressive touchdown.
Quarterback Matt Stafford threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. The defense roared for two more scores. Tebow did mount a "comeback" as he connected on a garbage score with a touchdown pass to WR Eric Decker.
But, the Decker wasn't a double. (McDonald's) Tebow lovers got decked like an Anderson Silva crescent kick. Tebow's alleged Tea Party Movement support went amazingly silent. However, ESPN analyst Skip Bayless aka (Skip Tebow) proved humor as he continued to defend the young "starting quarterback" (debatable) and cried "conspiracy" involving team president John Elway and head coach John Fox.
The only conspiracy being created was the acsencion of Tebow to the subjugation of previous starter Kyle Orton. Denver "fans" battered team management with phone-in calls, visual signs and even a paid for billboard demanding Tebow to be named starter.
It was the first time in recent history an experienced, head coach buckled under fan pressure. Tebow never showed long stretches of football intelligence, good mechanics or a skill set necessary to be any team's starter let alone Denver's. Orton remained a trooper immersed in a controversy. He never undermined Tebow as a leader even though Tebow supporters eroded his leadership with the team's struggles.
Nonethelss, Coach Fox declared that Tebow would start against division rival (AFC West) Oakland.
Good luck with that (Tea Party)!