Tim Tebow was the man last week as he brought the Denver Broncos from behind last week against the Miami Dolphins. This week Tebow was the goat as he had a horrible that lead to the Detroit Lions getting back track after a 2-game skid.
The Denver Broncos (2-5) hosted the Detroit Lions (6-2) in a Week 8 matchup that had Tim Tebow making his first official start of the season at home. The Lions were on a two-game skid and were looking to get back on the winning side. The Lions did not think that Matthew Stafford was going to be able to play, but he did and had a great game.
Denver got the ball to start the game Tim Tebow (10 carries, 63 yards) opened the game with a 5-yard run. Knowshon Moreno (14 carries, 69 yards) then had a run for 10-yards. The Broncos then got rolling as Tebow (18/39, 172 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) connected with Eric Decker (6 receptions, 72 yards, 1 TD) 14-yard pass and catch. Lance Ball (6 carries, 63 yards) then had a 34-yard run that took them into Detroit territory.
Tebow then tried to hit Decker again for a touchdown, but it was called out of bounds. It looked like a catch to most, but the referees upheld it and the play stood. After that the Broncos stalled and had to settle for a Matt Prater 39-yards field-goal that made it a 3-0 lead.
Detroit got the ball and they moved down the field with Matt Stafford (21/30, 267 yards, 3 TD’s) using his arm. Stafford hit Tony Scheffler (3 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD) with a 9-yard pass to open the drive. Stafford and Titus Young (4 receptions, 66 yards, 1 TD) connected on a 13-yard pass and then connected again on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Young got pass the Broncos defense and was standing in the endzone all alone to make it a 7-3 game.
Both teams traded punts until the Lions got the ball back with 2:18 left in the first quarter. Stafford started with pass to Nate Burleson (4 receptions, 23 yard) for a 15-yard gain. Stafford then had a 21-yard run of his own to get the Lions into Denver’s territory. The Lions could not get any closer and had to settle for a 50-yard field-goal by Jason Hanson. Hanson made the field-goal that gave the Lions a 10-3 lead.
At the 8:50 mark the Lions got the ball back after a punt by the Broncos. Stafford used his arm again get the Lions down the field with passes to Calvin Johnson (6 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD) that went for 19-yards. Stafford later hit Scheffler again for a 28-yard pass. Scheffler and Stafford later connected on a 1-yard pass to make it a 17-3 lead.
The Broncos had to punt the ball again after going three and out. They were also hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty that gave the Lions great field position. Stafford then hit Johnson on a 17-yard pass and later got a 13-yard pass to move them to the Denver 1-yardline. Maurice Morris (13 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD) finished the drive with a 1-yard run to make it a 24-3 lead.
The Lions got the ball to start the second half, but went three and out a punted the ball away. Denver got the ball and Ball had a 2-yard run to start the drive. Tebow dropped back on the second play of the drive was hit by Cliff Avril who made hit fumble and recovering it for as well. Avril picked up the ball after the sack and ran 24-yards to make it a 31-3 lead.
Denver’s offense could not get their offense going at all and went three and out again as they punted the ball away. Morris started the drive with a 6-yard run, and then Stafford hit Johnson with a 56-yard pass to make it a 38-3 lead.
The Broncos got the ball moving a little on the ensuing drive and they even tried to go for it on fourth down, but Tebow could not convert. The biggest play of the drive was a 28-yard pass from Tebow to Matt Willis for his only catch of the game.
The fourth quarter began and the Broncos had the ball. They moved it 68-yards after a punt and even had a chance to score. Tebow and the Broncos were on the Lions 8-yardline and had a chance to score. Tebow threw a pass that was intercepted by Chris Houston who returned it 100-yards for a touchdown and a 45-3 lead.
On the ensuing drive the Broncos finally got it going as Tebow went into shotgun and moved the ball 80-yards. Tebow ran for 18-yards to get a first down, and keep it going. Tebow and Eddie Royal (6 receptions, 41 yards) connected on back-to-back passes to get another first down. Tebow and Decker later connected for a 13-yard pass, and Ball had a 15-yard run to get back-to-back first downs. Tebow finished the drive with a 14-yard pass to Decker for a touchdown that made it 45-10, and ended scoring for the game.
That did not stop the Lions from coming as Lawrence Jackson recovered a fumble that was forced by Alphonso Smith. Detroit did not hold back as they did their best to bounce back and ended the game with seven sacks.