The score was 35-7 at halftime of the AFC divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Even with the fully functional version of his offense, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was going to have a tough time coming back from that kind of deficit. As it turns out, Tebow played most of the second half of that game with some fairly considerable physical handicaps.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tebow took a hit in the third quarter that tore cartilage attaching his ribs to his sternum, bruised one of his lungs and caused fluid to build up in his chest. In the two nights after the game, Tebow had trouble sleeping because of the pain, and he underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.
The amazing thing was that Tebow actually passed more often, and with slightly more success, in the second half — though his “passing success” is a bit of a stretch in either half. He completed 3 of 10 passes for 28 yards in the first half, and 6 of 16 for 108 yards in the second half. Admittedly, the Pats could play prevent and off coverage through the entire second half, especially when Tom Brady’s sixth touchdown pass of the game made the score even more out of reach in the third quarter.
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