DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow led his team to a sixth consecutive victory, four straight in fourth quarter -- and now overtime.
One could argue the defense -- which has limited four of the last five opponents to 13 or fewer points points -- that the defense has played a huge part in the Broncos' run.
But the Broncos couldn't have won 13-10 in overtime Sunday without Tebow's clutch play.
After going just three of 16 in the first three quarters for 45 yards, Tebow was 18 of 24 for 191 yards and one touchdown in the fourth and overtime.
The Bears weren't impressed.
"Nobody had panic in their eyes, thinking, 'It's Tebow Time,' " Bears cornerback D.J. Moore said of the Broncos' fourth-quarter rally. "Nothing like that."
On the Broncos' touchdown drive, though, Tebow was seven-for-seven for 63 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas.
"It's not really what he's doing," Bears cornerback Tim Jennings said of Tebow. "He's making the best of it, but that's what any professional does, so I'm not really sold on it.
"We - and other teams - have to find a way to put the foot on the throat and finish games."
Asked what he thinks of Tebow, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said, "He's a good running back.
"He does a good job for them. They have a good offense with him back there. They do some different plays. I thought we did a good job, overall."
Israel Idonije, who had a strong game, was speechless afterwards.
"I'm just like, 'Wow.' But what's happened has happened," Idonije said.
The Bears were in excellent shape, with about nine minutes remaining, when Bears safety Craig Steltz sacked and forced a fumble of Tebow, which Idonije recovered at the Bears' 45.
But the offense mustered just five yards on three runs, and they punted the ball to the Broncos. The Bears offense also went three-and-out on the next two series. Remarkably, they possessed the ball just four minutes and 22 seconds. In the fourth quarter, the Bears mustered just 18 yards of offense, all of them on runs.
Asked about needing one more first down, Bears coach Lovie Smith said, "Well, we were trying to get that first down.
"One play we talked about after the game was holding onto the ball. I still like the plan that we had."
After tossing six interceptions in his first two starts, Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie didn't have any turnovers Sunday. But he attempted just one in the fourth quarter, and he missed a wide open Marion Barber on a third-and-10.
In overtime, though, Hanie completed his first three passes for 39 yards, before missing tight end Kellen Davis on first-and-10 from the Broncos' 41-yard line.
Hanie finished the game 12 of 19 for 115 yards with a passer rating of 79.9.
"We saw some good things out of Caleb," Smith said.
Several Bears defenders, though, insisted they were to blame for the loss.
"Put this one on defense," Bears cornerback Charles Tillman said. "We got to be able to keep the lead. Bottom line, plain and simple."