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The Tim Tebow Era has begun, but one half of football wasn't enough time for the second year quarterback to bring the Broncos back from a 13 point halftime deficit. Kyle Orton played poorly in the first half, boasting a 20.99 QB Rating, going 6 of 13 for 34 yards and an interception. He was essentially booed out of the stadium. John Fox was left with no choice but to put Tebow into the game for the second half.
Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.
Down 16, Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee ran the ball down the field to score a TD, midway through the 4th quarter. After a Robert Ayers forced fumble, the Broncos took over at the Chargers 41 yard line with 4:38 left in the game, down 8 points. They, once again, drove down the field for a touchdown. For the 2 point conversion, Tebow lined up in the shotgun with 5 wide receivers. He threw left to Brandon Lloyd, who caught it but then had it knocked away by Antoine Cason.
The Broncos proceeded to give up a long pass play to Malcolm Floyd and a very costly unneccessary roughness penalty, allowing the Chargers to drive for a field goal.
They regained possession, down 5 with 25 second left. The Broncos reached the Chargers 29 yard line on a Tebow pass deep to Daniel Fells and were able to spike the ball with 1 second left. The Broncos had a prayer, but came up just short, as Tebow threw incomplete to Matthew Willis.
What did you like? What didn't you like? Who got your offensive game ball? Who got your defensive game ball? I'll give mine to Willis McGahee and Robert Ayers.