Demaryius Thomas (Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)
In the first ever game with the new overtime format in the National Football League, the Denver Broncos made sure the overtime was short and sweet.
On their first play of overtime, Tim Tebow found Demaryius Thomas for an 80 yard touchdown pass as the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 on Sunday.
Under the new overtime rules, each team has the opportunity to get the football once during the overtime unless the offensive team scores a touchdown or the defensive team scores a touchdown.
Tim Tebow’s 316 yards passing was the most passing yards the Steelers gave up to a quarterback this season. Previously, Joe Flacco threw 300 yards in the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 win over Pittsburgh in week nine.
Thomas had 204 yards receiving for the Broncos. The NFL record is 240 yards to Eric Moulds of the Buffalo Bills in 1998.
Denver, which dominated the second quarter by scoring 20 unanswered points before the Steelers dominated the second half, will now play the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
The Broncos might not have wide receiver Eric Decker in their lineup, who left in the first half with a knee injury.