The Broncos could lose to Chiefs on Sunday and still make the post-season if San Diego beat Oakland, but Denver focused on nothing less than a win.
Tebow keen to get back to winning ways in virtual 'play-off game'
He has revived a foundering NFL team with last-minute magic and put the buzz back in the Broncos.
Tim Tebow's next challenge is rebounding from the worst game of his career.
Tebow threw four interceptions in a 40-14 loss at the Buffalo Bills on Christmas Eve, two of which were returned for touchdowns in a 19-second span. But if he was shaken by the first four-interception game of his life, he is not showing it, insisting "my confidence is just fine". That faith will come in handy on Sunday when Tebow leads the Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs with a berth in the play-offs possibly riding on the outcome.
He will be going up against Kyle Orton, the Kansas City quarterback, who was released by Denver after Tebow took over as starter. But the Broncos are down-playing Orton's return to Mile High Stadium.
"My interpretation this week is the Denver Broncos versus the Kansas City Chiefs," said John Fox, the Broncos coach, "and I'm sure that will be their approach as well."
Tebow agreed. "I think it's the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs," he said. "That's a great rivalry and it'll be a great game.
"I think that as a player, as a quarterback, as someone who has dreamed of that his whole life, it'll be exciting to have one game, one last game, one last opportunity to make the play-offs."
The Broncos could lose on Sunday and still make the post-season if San Diego beat Oakland.
But the Broncos are not counting on anybody but themselves. "In my mind, it's much like a play-off game already," Fox said.
"For most intents and purposes, we need to win this game. And that will determine our fate."