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Denver's Hand of God Fumble

Marion Barber saw the end zone.

Denver had stacked eight defenders in the box to stop the run on 3rd down in hopes of forcing Chicago to attempt a field goal from further than 50 yards out. Barber started right, then made a great cut and the seas parted. If you pause the video at 3:43, you’ll see what he saw: 36 yards of green in front of him. The safety on the play was out of the picture, and had a slim shot of stopping Barber from scoring.

And then, out of nowhere, the Hand of God – reality: the hand of linebacker Wesley Woodyard – miraculously stripped Barber of the football. Denver recovered. You know the rest.

The best quote about this fumble? It belongs to Tim Tebow, of course. Here’s what Wesley Woodyard told Mark Kizsla of the Denver Post:

“Tebow came to me and said, ‘Don’t worry about a thing,’ because God has spoken to him.”

On the evening of Nov. 17, as the Broncos prepared to take the field for warm-ups against the New York Jets, Woodyard looked up from his locker and saw Tebow walking directly toward him with a purpose.

“Kinda weird,” Woodyard thought at the time, because a quarterback seldom hangs in the end of the room where defenders dress. Tebow, however, wanted to share a secret and the gospel of strength.

“I gave him a big hug and told him thank you,” Woodyard said. “God speaks to people to reach other people.”

Do you believe?

I’m still a Jets’ fan, but when the Eagles beat them this weekend and New York is eliminated from playoff contention, I will be rooting for the Broncos to win the Super Bowl.

 

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