Tim Tebow makes it harder for Patriots to cut him
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - At this point, it may take divine intervention for Tim Tebow to remain in the NFL.
But the former Jets quarterback did his best to make it a tough decision for the Patriots' man upstairs -- coach Bill Belichick -- by throwing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally New England to a 28-20 preseason win over the Giants Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.
Tebow, who entered the game to start the second half, hit Quentin Sims with a 52-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to spark New England in the preseason finale for both teams. He also hit Sims with a 9-yard TD pass with six seconds left.
Tebow finished 6-for-11 for 91 yards with two TDs and one interception. He ran six times for 30 yards.
For the preseason, Tebow was 11-for-30 for 145 yards with two TDs and two INTs. He gained 91 yards on 16 carries.
Will he be on the Patriots' 53-man roster when they make their final cuts Saturday? Belichick wouldn't say after the game.
Tebow said that for him, the waiting is not the hardest part.
"I'm going to sleep when I get home," he said. "Wake up and work out. Watch the films and see what I did good, see what I did bad, try to learn from it and try to get better."
Tebow made his first appearance on the Patriots' first possession of the second half after Ryan Mallett (Tom Brady's backup) played the first half. New England was leading 14-10.
There was a slight murmur from the crowd as Tebow ran onto the field. His first pass was a quick toss to Aaron Dobson for 7 yards. His second was a rollout and an 11-yard catch-and-run by Daniel Fells for a first down.
Then Tebow was sacked on four of his next five pass attempts.
In the fourth quarter, Tebow deftly avoided a sack attempt before launching a deep ball in the direction of former Giants tight end Jake Ballard. Tebow even raised his arms in the touchdown symbol while the ball was in the air. But the pass fell incomplete.
Later in the drive, Tebow hit Sims over the middle with a 14-yard strike. Sims went the distance after Trumaine McBride fell down and missed the tackle with 12:26 left in the quarter.
The Patriots have carried only two quarterbacks on their roster three of the past four seasons. Will they keep Tebow? He cannot be stashed on the practice squad because of his three years of NFL experience.
"That's something that I'm blessed because of my faith, I don't have to worry about the future," Tebow said. "I know who owns my future. A lot of times people use that as a cliche. But it's something I try to live by. It really gives me a lot of peace."
Tebow does have an influential supporter in Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "I'm rooting for him big time," Kraft said earlier this week. "I'm in his corner, but I have the privilege of letting Bill make those decisions."