Three years later, Demaryius Thomas looks back at Tim Tebow TD vs. Steelers

 
 

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas heads to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown catch on the first play of overtime against the Steelers in 2012. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

Jan. 8, 2012. It’s a date that Broncos fans will never forget.

Then quarterback Tim Tebow rediscovered his “magic” after a lackluster second half to pull off an upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers in their wild-card matchup at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. On the first play of overtime, Tebow found receiver Demaryius Thomas for an 80-yard touchdown catch to give the Broncos a 29-23 victory.

On Thursday, the three-year anniversary of the catch, Thomas reflected on the big play.

 

“For me, it was like a coming-out party,” he told reporters. “The first couple of years, I was injured, wasn’t on the field much and I came back and won in overtime, first play, 80 yards. To be able to go out and put up the numbers I did that game and then to go do the same thing the next week with similar numbers, but we didn’t win, it was big. First time in the playoffs, it was big.”

Thomas admitted that when he scored he didn’t know he had won the game because of the NFL’s modified sudden death rules that went into effect that postseason. Per the changes, a touchdown on the first drive in overtime ends a game, but a field goal does not. Thomas’ touchdown was the first time the new rules were invoked.

“Yeah, it was the first year of the new playoff rules, and I wasn’t probably paying attention when they talked about it,” he admitted, laughing.

“Champ (Bailey) told me the game was over with. “I think it was 11 seconds, and I was shocked. I was happy at the same time. I couldn’t believe it. I scored the touchdown.”

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