The game clock struck Tebow Time a bit earlier than expected on Friday night.

The most scrutinized and lionized third-string signal caller in the NFL made his debut for the New England Patriots in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles after Tom Brady's understudy, Ryan Mallet, left the game following a hard hit.

Cue the exclamation points from Bristol...

After taking the reins of the Patriots' offense on 1st and 10 from their own 45-yard line, Tebow promptly threw two incompletions. On 3rd and 10, he was sacked for a 10-yard loss.

GIF: Tim Tebow's First Incompletion For Patriots

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(via @theScore)

In his second series, Tebow managed to complete his first pass for New England before halftime.

Back on the field for the third quarter, Tebow helped Legarrette Blount lead the Patriots on an 8-play, 57-yard touchdown drive.

Getting an extended audition to earn a roster spot thanks to Mallet's apparent injury, Tebow finished 4-12 passing for 55 yards and no scores or interceptions. He also rushed four times for 31 yards.

With numbers like those, it was Tebow Time as usual for his critics, supporters and those media members just bemused by the spectacle of it all.




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  • Tim Tebow, Chris McCoy, Eddie Whitley, Jake Knott, Brandon Boykin

    New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow, center, is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles, from left, defensive end Chris McCoy, cornerback Eddie Whitley, cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Jake Knott during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Greg Salas

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Salas celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Matt Barkley

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley tries to pass during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Nick Foles

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles gets up after being sacked and fumbling the ball for a turnover against the New England Patriots in an NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates in the end zone after catching the long pass from quarterback Michael Vick for their first touchdown of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • Chip Kelly, Bill Belichick

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly meet after a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. New England won 31-22. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates in the end zone after catching the long pass from quarterback Michael Vick for their first touchdown of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, right, snags a long pass from quarterback Michael Vick against the New England Patriots in an NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • Stevan Ridley

    New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) is brought down by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher after a large gain in an NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, right, snags the long pass from quarterback Michael Vick against the New England Patriots in an NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • DeSean Jackson

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates in the end zone after catching the long pass from quarterback Michael Vick for their first touchdown of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson) NO SALES

  • Matt Barkley, Jake Bequette

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley, left, tries to scramble from New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • LeGarrette Blount, Zach Sudfeld, R.J. Mattes, Aaron Dobson

    From right to left, New England Patriots' LeGarrette Blount, Aaron Dobson, Zach Sudfeld and R.J. Mattes celebrate after Blount's touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Phillip Hunt, Julian Edelman

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, left, dives for extra yardage against Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Phillip Hunt during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Ryan Mallett, Vinny Curry

    New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett tries to pass the ball as Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry defends during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Bryce Brown, Tavon Wilson

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, left, rushes for a touchdown past New England Patriots defensive back Tavon Wilson during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Jason Avant, Marquice Cole

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) dives for extra yardage as New England Patriots cornerback Marquice Cole hangs on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Patrick Chung, Phillip Hunt, Julian Edelman

    New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) tries to break past Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) and defensive end Phillip Hunt (56) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Chris McCoy

    Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris McCoy (94) reacts after tackling New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Vinny Curry, Ryan Mallett

    New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett, left, tries to get a pass off against Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Mychal Kendricks, Shane Vereen

    New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, right, celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Bill Belichick

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts to a call during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Nick Foles

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) fumbles the ball as he is hit by New England Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, left, and defensive end Chandler Jones during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Nick Foles

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) fumbles the ball as he is hit by New England Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly, left, and defensive end Chandler Jones during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Tom Brady

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Tom Brady

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, tries to pass the ball as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, center, breaks past Patriots tackle Nate Solder during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson, top, celebrates with teammate Michael Vick after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks the sidelines before a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Tom Brady

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and running back Stevan Ridley (22) celebrate after Ridley scored a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)