The Denver Broncos lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-6 at the end of the first half of their AFC Wildcard game. Denver quarterback Tim Tebow continued his unexpected assault on the Steeler secondary late in the second quarter, as he hit tight end Daniel Fells for a 40 yard completion down the middle of the field. Tebow rolled to his left and it appeared that Fells was running a pure crossing pattern, which Troy Polamalu jumped and tried to break off. But Fells switched up on the crossing route and went vertical, leaving Polamalu behind and giving Tebow a nice cushion to place it in for a 40 yard gain.
Video of Tebow's pass to Fells below:
After the big catch by Fells, the Denver drive stalled inside the Pittsburgh 10, and Matt Prater came on to hit his second field goal for the 20-6 lead. Prater added a field goal earlier in the period after Ben Roethlisberger was intercepted inside the Steelers' thirty yard line. After the turnover, the Pitt defense held Tebow and company and forced the first of two field goals by Prater.
The Steelers appeared to be threatening for at least a Shaun Suisham field goal in the final minute of the half, but a bad snap by Doug Legursky resulted in a 23 yard loss and forced PIttsburgh to punt. After moving swiftly down the field on two of their first three possessions, the Steeler offense has been quiet.
As for Tebow, he is now five of 11 for 185 yards - all of it coming in the second quarter on four big plays against the Pittsburgh secondary. Denver will receive the second half kickoff.