Tebow rules in OT, too: Broncos 29, Steelers 23

January 8, 2012 - 9:22 PM
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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after his second touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, AAron Ontiveroz) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT

DENVER (AP) — One of the most storied NFL playoff teams ran into a rejuvenated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

Sorry, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The magic is back.

Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime and the Broncos defeated the stunned Steelers 29-23 in the AFC wild-card game on Sunday.

Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Ike Taylor and then outraced Ryan Mundy to the end zone. Tebow knelt in his own end zone, pounding a fist in triumph before taking a victory lap in jubilation.

Behind Tebow's 316 yards passing, the Broncos (9-8) are heading to New England for a second-round game against the top-seeded Patriots on Saturday night.

The Steelers (12-5) lost despite Ben Roethlisberger rallying Pittsburgh from a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 10 points in the final 10 minutes.