Brian Urlacher calls Tim Tebow ‘a good running back’

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The Chicago Bears found all out just what Tebow Time is all about on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Bears were just a little more than two minute away from handing the Denver Broncos their first home shutout in their 52 seasons of existence before they got done in. Tebow directed a touchdown drive and then set kicker Matt Prater up in position to hit a 59-yard field goal that forced over time. The Broncos prevailed 13-10 in overtime, their sixth consecutive victory with Tebow as the starter.

The quarterback was wildly ineffective through the first three quarters of the game. Tebow was 3 for 16 for 45 yards through the first three quarters. After that? He completed 18 of 24 passes for 191 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.

What did the Bears think afterward?

“He's a good running back, man,” Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “He runs the ball well. They have a good offense. They do some different plays we don't see. I thought we did a good job overall defending the unusual plays.”

Tebow carried 12 times for 47 yards, including a 16-yard scramble on a third-and-15 play. But seriously?

“He's a good running back,” Urlacher repeated. “He does a good job running for them.”

It’s a little surprising someone with Urlacher’s experience and usual respect for the game would respond in such a way, especially after Tebow picked his way through the defense in the closing minutes.

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