Talked with Daniel Fells yesterday at Broncos training facility. Fells, a tight end, delivered the play of the game Sunday against the Dolphins with his diving catch of a Tim Tebow pass in the dying moments of regulation. The catch led to a touchdown and the game-tying 2-point conversion.
It’s not Tebow’s fault that virtually everyone acts as if he scored 18 points by himself. This reveals how many – including me at times – simplify a complex game. The quarterback is the hero or the villain and that’s used to explain everything.
If Fells doesn’t make his catch, the Broncos almost certainly lose the game. That’s the truth.
Did Tebow get too much credit for the comeback?
That’s the nature of the game, Fells said. When a team wins, everyone rushes to the quarterback and offers praise. When a team loses, everyone rushes to the quarterback and offers scorn.
“That’s the way it is,” Fells said. “And I’m fine with that.”
But wasn’t the late, crucial completion a much better catch than throw?
Fells showed wisdom, if not complete honesty, in his answer.
“I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “He put it the only place he could put it.”
While the ball was in flight, Fells wasn’t sure he would come down with the catch.
But once he placed his hands on the football, he was sure. He had the ball, and he was not going to let it go.
Here’s a quick 14-second video of Fells’ great catch: