Tim Tebow threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first action in two years as Philadelphia beat Indianapolis 36-10 in an exhibition game.
PHILADELPHIA – Tim Tebow got a warm Philly welcome.
Tebow threw for 69 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first action in two years, Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-10 in an exhibition game Sunday.
Tebow got a standing ovation when he entered midway through the third quarter and the crowd roared so loud when his name was introduced he had to quiet it down because he was taking the snap in a shotgun.
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“It’s very humbling, a blessing. I appreciated it,” Tebow said.
Tebow completed his first four passes and fans chanted “Tebow! Tebow!” during his first series.
He dived into the pylon on a 7-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 yards rushing on four carries. He completed 6 of 12 passes and was sacked twice.
“I liked how Timmy threw it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.
Tebow, 28, a college standout at Florida who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, hadn’t played since the 2013 exhibition season with New England until the Eagles (1-0) signed him to compete with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind starter Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
“Did some things decent and some things we have to work on,” Tebow said. “I have to be more consistent.”
Tebow admitted he was nervous.
“When you care about something, you want to go perform,” he said.
Barkley was 12 of 20 for 192 yards.
“I am confident in my arm and my timing with the receivers,” Barkley said. “My knowledge of the offense has grown tremendously from last year.”
Eagles rookie receiver Nelson Agholor, a former USC standout, had three receptions for 57 yards, including a 34-yard TD from Sanchez.
Starting quarterback Andrew Luck was 5 of 6 for 43 yards for the Colts (0-1).
Ex-Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck was 8 of 17 for 72 yards.
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Right tackle Breno Giacomini — a former Seahawk — and linebacker Quinton Coples were in the first scuffle,
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