(CNN) — Pittsburgh’s mayor knelt down in defeat on Tuesday, donning a Denver Broncos No. 15 jersey and “Tebowing” in front of the Steel City’s skyline to pay off a bet he made with the mayor of Denver over the Steelers-Broncos playoff game.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Steelers lost as Denver quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 15) threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 victory Sunday.
Tebow’s gesture of kneeling in prayer after great plays has become a national phenomenon, but for Ravenstahl it wasn’t a craze he wanted a part of.
“This is not something I ever thought I’d have to do, and it certainly wasn’t something I was looking forward to,” Ravenstahl said. “However, we’re good sports here in Pittsburgh, and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win.”
If Denver had lost, Mayor Michael Hancock had pledged to wear a Steelers jersey and wave a “terrible towel,” SBNation Pittsburgh reported.