One reason to be confident in Adam Gase? He won a playoff game with Tim Tebow

Tebow delivered a game-winner for Gase and the Broncos in 2012. (Getty Images)

Tebow delivered a game-winner for Gase and the Broncos in 2012. (Getty Images)

DAVIE–Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore will be making his playoff debut Sunday at Pittsburgh, and Adam Gase was involved the last time the Steelers faced a quarterback stepping into the postseason for the first time.

That’s an obscure connection, but it offered an opening Gase to tell the story of beating Pittsburgh with Tim Tebow in a 2012 first-round game. Gase was Denver’s quarterbacks coach at the time, and Tebow knocked off the Steelers with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.

“I remember it being an interesting week, to say the least,” Gase said. “They were really good coming into that game. I think they were either No. 1 or 2 in defense. We came out throwing the ball. We hit on a couple of big plays and made some big plays on third down. Tim did a good job in that game. Guys were making plays. We felt we were in control for most of the game.

“We turned it over one time and they took advantage of it, and next thing you know, we’re going into overtime. It only took one play. The problem was, it was the first year we had the new overtime rules. So we scored a touchdown and half of our team was still sitting on the bench, even though we talked about it over 100 times.”

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Gase remembers the electricity in the stadium, of course, as well as the play call.

“We were doing something where we were bringing guys down in motion, and they were bringing both safeties in the box,” he said. “We called a play-action off of it. We brought Eddie Royal all the way down. We had Demaryius running a pop pass on the back side. Both safeties came flying up, and it was DT and Ike Taylor one on one.”

With Gase as his position coach in 2011, Tebow threw 12 touchdown passes, had six interceptions and averaged 47.1 rushing yards per game with six scores on the ground. He never made it back to being a full-time NFL starter after that year.

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