The epic confrontation should improve on the stunning TV ratings for last week's Broncos-Steelers game, won on the first overtime play after Tebow connected to Demaryius Thomas for an electrifying 80-yard touchdown.
People will watch, writes Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander, “to see if a running, bare-armed, cheerful, fundamentals-be-damned, totally retro, winning quarterback can beat ... classically formed quarterback Brady in a game that is – remember – as vicious as it is pretty.”
Zeroing in on their individual merits and broader philosophical beliefs, the two QBs could hardly be more different.
Brady represents the ushering in of the quarterback age, where what matters most is pure passing skill, cool-headed leadership, and the intellectual ability to master intricate playbook calculus – a mold that's being filled by other superstars like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Tebow, with his erratic play-action scrambles and unorthodox throwing style, falls so far outside that mold that he can only be measured against himself. It is a style that has brought him adulation. An ESPN poll recently pegged him as America's most admired athlete.
Brady was picked in the 6th round, Tebow in the 1st. Brady is a pocket passer who throws with the accuracy of a SEAL sniper. Tebow is a running back who hits less than half his passes. In eight of 12 starts, Tebow attempted as many passes as Brady completed.