There would be no Tim Tebow comeback this time. Not down 42 points in the fourth quarter.
The Detroit Lions dominated the Broncos from start to finish. They took a 7-3 lead from their first possession and never relented. Their offensive and defensive lines dominated their Broncos’ opponents, and the Lions scored 45 unanswered points to finish with a 45-10 victory at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The Denver Broncos hardly got started. Their first drive showed flashes of promise, of the benefits of a week’s worth of practices and a “revamped” college-style offense that played to Tebow’s strengths. The Broncos were an Eric Decker toe tap from a touchdown — Tebow’s touchdown toss was ruled incomplete — before struggling to gain another first down for three quarters. Tim Tebow again displayed inaccuracy and indecisiveness. The Broncos’ running game was stuffed. It was an embarrassment at home.
Adding insult to embarrassment were defensive touchdowns by the Lions. Adding insult to insult were the big plays by Tony Scheffler and Alphonso Smith, who tallied a touchdown and forced fumble respectively — former Broncos who were traded to the Lions in separate trades by ex-coach Josh McDaniels.
Tebow finished 18 for 39 for 172 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Many of his yards and completions came in the fourth quarter, with the game well out of hand.
The Broncos are left with questions, and the sobering realization that no quarterback — Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, or even Andrew Luck — is going to solve the plethora of problems this plague this once-proud franchise. They fall to 2-5 on the season as they prepare for an AFC West rematch against the Oakland Raiders.