August 20, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil (92) makes his entrance to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Sports Authority Field.
Broncos 20, Raiders 23
After a shortened offseason and with fans clamoring for Tim Tebow, the Broncos started Kyle Orton and gave up 16 unanswered points to the Raiders in the second quarter to open the season with a loss.
Broncos 24, Bengals 22
The Broncos and Bengals played each other pretty straight-up in this matchup. This game is remembered for more than the final score as Broncos fans got their first taste of Tebow when he lined up as a wide receiver for a play. Not a bad day for the fans as Denver emerged with the win.
Broncos 14, Titans 17
The Broncos were looking to get their sea legs under them in the third game of the season, but Kyle Orton didn’t turn in the game the Broncos needed. The QB was intercepted twice as the Titans came back from a 14-10 deficit in the fourth to win the game.
Broncos 23, Packers 49
Denver was blown away by Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing for a career-high 408 yards. But on the other side of the ball, Orton threw for three touchdowns — and three interceptions. And Tim Tebow saw some action, but coach John Fox pulled him back out by the fourth quarter.
Broncos 24, Chargers 29
Week 5 gave fans their first glimpse of what Tebow could do to give his team a come-from-behind chance. After replacing Kyle Orton in the third quarter, Tebow ran for a touchdown and threw another one as he tried to rally Denver from a 16-point deficit against the Chargers. Unfortunately, time ran out for Tebow, but his 14-point fourth quarter performance gave hope to the Bronco faithful.
Broncos 18, Dolphins 15
Coming off a bye week, Tebow was pretty lackluster for three quarters against the Dolphins in his first start of the season. But with less than three minutes left in the game and down 15-0, the former University of Florida quarterback threw for two touchdowns – and a two-point conversion – to send the game into overtime. A 52-yard field goal from Matt Prater in overtime sealed the improbable comeback.
Broncos 10, Lions 45
The Lions beat the Broncos down in Denver. Detroit answered an early Denver field goal with 45 unanswered points before Eric Decker reeled in a short Tebow pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It probably didn't help that the Lions sacked Tebow seven times and turned his two turnovers into touchdowns.
Broncos 38, Raiders 24
The Broncos turned it around in Oakland. Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for 117 yards while Willis McGahee picked up 163 yards rushing and two more TDs in front of Raider Nation. And the defense held Oakland to just seven points in the second half. It was the start of a six-game win streak for the Broncos.
Broncos 17, Chiefs 10
Tebow's throwing game was definitely not on display against the Chiefs, completing only two of eight passes — but it did help that one of them was for a touchdown. And the team was about to pull off a win in Kansas City despite losing running backs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno to injuries during the game. Luckily, Lance Ball was able to pick up the slack, handling the ball 30 times for 96 yards.
Broncos 17, Jets 13
Tebow's reputation as the Comeback Kid began to emerge in Week 11 after he pulled off another surprising win, this time against the Jets. The quarterback picked up 20-yard touchdown run with 58 seconds left in the game to finish off a 95-yard drive and give the Broncos a victory over New York.
Broncos 16, Chargers 13
Another week, another comeback. This time, the Broncos needed to overtime field goal to finally seal up a win in San Diego. Tebow got a big hand from kicker Prater, who hit three unanswered field goals, including the game-winner, to seal the victory for Denver.
Broncos 35, Minnesota 32
It was another slow start with another strong finish for the Broncos. But the hero was once again kicker Matt Prater, who hit a field goal as time ran out in Minnesota to lock up a win. Tebow threw for a season-best 202 yards.
Broncos 13, Bears 10 OT
The Broncos picked up their third overtime win with another big comeback performance. The Broncos were scoreless against the Bears until 2:08 left in the fourth quarter when Demaryius Thomas ran a 10-yard pass in for a touchdown. After that, Denver relied on kicker Prater, who hit a field goal with three seconds left in the game and another in overtime to seal the deal.
Broncos 23, Patriots 41
The Broncos didn't have much of a chance against the tough Patriots, losing 41-23 to snap Denver's six-game winning streak. Most of the scoring took place in the first two quarters of this game with New England taking a 27-16 lead into halftime. The Patriots' Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the team locked up a playoff spot with their win.
Broncos 14, Bills 40
Another week, another big loss for Denver. This time, Tebow and crew lost 40-14 at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills picked up 23 unanswered points to end the game and lock up their win with Tebow throwing four interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns only 18 seconds apart.
Broncos 3, Chiefs 7
The season finale definitely did not produce an exciting scoring game between the Chiefs and Broncos. And to add salt to the wound, Tebow was facing Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton, who was picked up mid-season by Kansas City after getting benched in Denver in place of Tebow. Despite the loss, the Broncos were still able to lock off a playoff berth after San Diego knocked the Raiders out of contention.