Dave Logan saw nine black-and-gold bodies creep up to the line to stare Tim Tebow down.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were inviting an overtime pass. Logan, the Denver Broncos' play-by-play announcer for 850 KOA in Denver, was sure the unorthodox quarterback wouldn't give them what they wanted.
"I absolutely didn't see him throwing it," Logan recalled. "Those (Steelers) safeties came down. My call even reflected that -- I said 'Play-pass?' It had a little inflection, a little incredulity. I thought 'Gosh, they're going to throw the ball here?'"
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But throw Tebow did -- and the rest is playoff history. Terrible Towel-wielding fans can't forget the sight of Demaryius Thomas' 80-yard catch-and-run on Jan 8., 2012. It was the exclamation point at the end of an all-time epic Wild Card game.
Their Divisional Round matchup this Sunday probably won't come close to the magic of "Tebow Time." That's when No. 15, at the helm of a college-like offense crafted at midseason, inexplicably moved the Broncos into winning range.
It happened earlier in Miami and San Diego and vs. the New York Jets, all overtime wins. It happened in Chicago when a running back inexplicably stepped out of bounced. After five quarters of play, the Steelers fell victim to "TebowMania," too.
He fooled everyone with a quick shoulder play-action fake on the first down
The ball traveled only 18 yards in the air. Thomas added a little more space when he slammed a stiff arm into the chest of Steelers' cornerback Ike Taylor.
Both safeties had crept up too far vs. the run to stop him. Logan, noticing the real estate in front of No. 88, shouted "Here we go!"
Thomas scored and sent the stadium into utter pandemonium. Somehow the cameras found Tebow in the chaos, capturing his trademark kneel-down celebration.
It'd be the last passing touchdown of his short and stunning career. And it'd be the last time Logan ever saw a stadium react quite like that.
"It was an eruption in that stadium," Logan said. "It was a Mile High version of Mardi Gras. People were dancing and high-fiving. I saw a couple roll down and start hugging the aisle."
Added Logan: "There were