Re-energized by the play of the Tebow-led offense, the defense stepped up in the second half, holding the Texans offense to just 6 points (off two field goals) in the last 30 minutes, giving Tebow a chance to win the game.
Down by 17, the Broncos battled back until the score was 23-17 in the fourth quarter. With just over seven minutes left in the game, Tebow led the offense down the field and ran for a six yard touchdown, exhilarating the crowd. The extra point gave the Broncos a one point, 24-23 lead with a few minutes left in the game.
On the Texans following possession, Houston was driving before Brian Dawkins tipped a pass into the air, and rookie cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson intercepted it, giving the Broncos a victory following three QB-kneels by Tebow.
In the process of it all, Tebow broke several quarterback, rookie, and Bronco records. Including:
- The most passing yards in a game (308) by any Bronco quarterback making his first home start.
- The first rookie quarterback since the NFL merger to lead a 17 point comeback in his first home start.
- The most passing yards in a game by a rookie quarterback since John Elway in 1983.
- Tebow also averaged 19.3 yards per completion, which is the 2nd best yards-per-completion average in Bronco history for one game.
- Tebow has thrown for and rushed for a touchdown three times this season, tying him for third among all NFL quarterbacks in that regard, and Tebow is the only one of the three to have just two starts.
- Tebow also owns the 10th best yards-per-carry average (4.4) among all NFL rookies this season (minimum 24 carries), leads all rookie quarterbacks in rushing touchdowns (5) and yards (133), and is tied for second among all rookies this season for rushing touchdowns.