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Tim Tebow leads Denver Broncos to another win — somehow

November 13, 2011 |  2:15 pm


Tim Tebow, the much-maligned young quarterback of the Denver Broncos, has done it again. He led his team to its third victory in four games.

Although he completed only two of eight passes, including a 56-yard touchdown strike to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter, Tebow put Denver in the thick of the AFC West race with a 17-10 victory over the division-rival Chiefs in Kansas City.

Denver is now 4-5, tied with the Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, one game behind the Oakland Raiders (5-4), who lead the AFC West.

"I'm not trying to send a message," Tebow said. "I'm just trying to be a football player. We can improve from what we did today and get better."

Tebow, who rushed for 44 yards and a score, managed to lead the Broncos to victory despite the loss of their top two running backs to injury. Willis McGahee was forced out by a hamstring injury in Denver's first offensive series, and Knowshon Moreno came out later in the first quarter with a knee injury. Their departures left journeyman Lance Ball to carry 30 times for 96 yards.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel completed 13 of 28 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown as Kansas City managed only 258 yards of total offense.


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Photo: Denver quarterback Tim Tebow scores on a seven-yard run against Kansas City on Sunday. Credit: Peter Aiken / Getty Images