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Tim Tebow throws TD pass in final preseason game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tim Tebow saved his best for last in his competition for the Philadelphia Eagles' No. 3 quarterback job.

Tebow ran an effective two-minute drill against the New York Jets, driving the Eagles 85 yards for a touchdown in 1 minute, 26 seconds. It was one of two touchdowns Tebow threw in the 24-18 loss. Tebow completed 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards.

Early in the drive, Tebow's ability to avoid sacks came into play. He avoided pressure to complete a pass to running back Raheem Mostert. Tebow then shook loose from nose tackle T.J. Barnes and ran for 17 yards.

Tebow completed two passes for 51 yards. The first was a short toss to Mostert that went for 28 yards. The second was a 23-yard bull's-eye to wide receiver Quron Pratt that took the Eagles to the Jets' 12-yard line.

On first down from the 12, Tebow was under pressure and threw the ball away out of bounds. On second down, he was sacked by Deion Barnes for a 6-yard loss. With 30 seconds left on the clock, the Eagles called for a timeout.

On third-and-16, Tebow dropped back and fired to his left. Rookie wide receiver Rasheed Bailey turned and, as cornerback Dexter McDougle closed in, caught the pass for an 18-yard touchdown.

It was Tebow's first touchdown pass of the preseason. He has one rushing touchdown as well.

Tebow played the second quarter after Matt Barkley started the game and played the first quarter. Barkley's first possession ended with an interception of an underthrown pass. Barkley came back in the game for the third quarter. Tebow was scheduled to play the fourth quarter. Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, the team's top two quarterbacks, did not dress for Thursday's preseason finale.