Chargers Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow Replaces Kyle Orton But Denver Falls, 29-24

Tim Tebow finally got his shot, but the Denver Broncos last-minute comeback fell short as the San Diego Chargers hung on for a 29-24 win.

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Tim Tebow's Hail Mary: Did Refs Miss Pass Interference Call?

Tim Tebow's stats weren't pretty in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Denver Broncos QB completed just 4-of-10 passes for 79 yards and rushed for another 38 yards in one half of play. But the Broncos were down 16 points against the Chargers in the second half and Tebow was part of the solution as they came back to nearly win the game.

The Chargers held a 29-24 lead as the Broncos drove down the field. Tebow hit Daniel Fells for a 31-yard gain that put the Broncos at the 29-yard line. Tebow and the Broncos got to the line and spiked the ball giving them one last chance with two seconds remaining.

Tebow took the snap and avoided several Chargers defenders and ran around the field for what seemed like an eternity. He threw the ball into the end zone.

Ball hits the ground. Incomplete pass. Game over. Chargers win.

But did the refs miss a pass interference on the call? That's the conversation going on over at SB Nation's Broncos blog, Mile High Report. Here's video of the play:


Matthew Willis is pushed back out of the end zone by a Chargers defender and comes back in as Tebow's pass hits the ground. 

It's a tough call and hindsight is 20/20 but that looks like a missed call right there.

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Tim Tebow Quarterback Controversy Continues For Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow almost completed a comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday afternoon, but his Hail Mary pass ultimately landed as an incompletion. However, the loss is irrelevant. The question for the Broncos is who will be the starting quarterback going forward.

This is a story that will carry on for two weeks since the Broncos are on a bye. Interestingly, the Broncos will face the Miami Dolphins on the road on Oct. 23. The two teams almost completed an Orton trade once the lockout ended, but draft pick compensation and a restructured contract ended any chance of that.

Will John Fox come out early this week and declare either Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton his starter against Miami? With Fox being adamant earlier in the season that he didn't know the circumstances that would precipitate a changing of the guard at quarterback, he likely wouldn't have made this move if he wasn't doing it for the long-term.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Follow the rest of Week 5 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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NFL Scores, Week 5: Chargers Survive Broncos, 29-24, Despite Tim Tebow's Rally

The Chargers topped the Broncos, 29-24, despite an unlikely rally engineered by Tim Tebow.

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Ryan Matthews Picks Up 125 Rushing Yards For The Chargers Despite Calf Strain

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews was questionable to return to the game against the Denver Broncos today. Matthews left the game in the first quarter with a calf strain. At the time, it was reported that his return was questionable.

Matthews’ calf must not have bothered him too much. He finished the game with 24 carries and 125 rushing yards for an average of 5.2 yards per carry.

This game represents Matthews best outing so far this season, as San Diego looks for the second-year running back to assume primary rushing duties. Matthews might be carrying more load be default next week. Fellow running back Mike Tolbert left the game with a concussion, and his status remains up in the air until he can pass the league’s concussion tests.

Matthews now has 413 rushing yards and three touchdowns through five games. He also has 19 catches for 254 yards.

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Broncos Vs. Chargers: Tim Tebow Throws 28-Yard Touchdown Pass To Put The Broncos Within Two Points

Just when it looked like the Denver Broncos would be depending on Tim Tebow to win the game with his legs, the second-year quarterback tossed a touchdown pass to running back Knowson Moreno. The 28-yard pass cut the San Diego Chargers’ lead to 28-26.

Asking for success on a second pass may have been too much to ask, however. Tebow and Brandon Lloyd failed to connect on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with just over three minutes to play.

Tebow’s 28-yard pass almost doubled the passing output for the Broncos. Up until that play, Tebow and Kyle Orton, who Tebow replaced after the first half, had combined for just 34 total passing yards.

Denver fans went crazy when Tebow scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown earlier in the game, and the home crowd erupted when Tebow found Moreno for the touchdown.

San Diego will try to hold on for the win, but it should be an interesting week in Denver. Be sure to keep up with the action at Mile High Report.

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Broncos Vs. Chargers: Tim Tebow Scores 12-Yard Rushing Touchdown

After taking over for Kyle Orton to start the second half of the game, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has added a touchdown. Tebow ran the ball on second-and-ten for a 12-yard rushing touchdown. A successful two-point conversion cut into San Diego’s lead to make the score 26-18.

Tebow has done little passing the ball. He has complete one of five passing attempts. Brandon Lloyd failed to get his feet in-bounds on what would have been a second completion for Tebow. Denver has just 34 yards of passing so far. 

As you might have expected, the Denver fans went wild when Tebow scored the fourth quarter touchdown, as if there was sort of a “we told you so” mixed in with those cheers.

Tebow’s touchdown sets up what could be an exciting conclusion to the game. With less than five minutes to play, San Diego needs to add at least a field goal in order to make it a two score game for the Broncos. Stay tuned.

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Mike Tolbert Injury: Chargers Running Back Out With Concussion

San Diego Chargers running back Mike Tolbert left his team’s week five game against the Denver Broncos with a concussion, according to the Chargers. Tolbert leaves with five carries for 24 yards and three receptions for 25 yards.

Mike Tolbert will not return to the game due to a concussion, per Chargers PR.
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Tolbert and Ryan Matthews have driven the San Diego offense in this game, combining for more than 100 yards of offense in the first quarter alone. Matthews left the game for a little while with a strained calf, but he was able to return in the second quarter.

Prior to this game, Tolbert had 31 carries for 81 yards and a two touchdowns. To go along with that, he had 25 receptions for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Tolbert’s status for games beyond this week will be subject to the league’s stringent rules pertaining to concussions. He will have to pass a series of concussion tests before he can return to action.

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Tim Tebow Replaces Kyle Orton

Tim Tebow will replace Kyle Orton in the Denver Broncos’ home game against the San Diego Chargers. Orton struggled through the first half of the game, completing just six of 13 passes and throwing an interception. Orton will not be under center when the Broncos’ offense takes the field in the second half of the game.

Kyle Orton has been benched for the second half. Tim Tebow is taking snaps from J.D. Walton on sidelines. Chargers have the ball first.
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As the Broncos have struggled, fan outcry to start second-year quarterback Tim Tebow has been tremendous. One fan went so far as to take out a billboard suggesting that Tebow get the nod at starting quarterback.

Until now, Denver Broncos’ head coach John Fox has been reticent to the idea, insisting that Tebow was not ready to be the starter in Denver. Tebow has seens a handful of plays this season, mostly as a rusher in certain short yardage situations.

The Denver QB situation is sure to play out through the week, so stay tuned at Mile High Report for more. Follow all the action from week 5 in the NFL right here.

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Ryan Matthews Injury: Chargers' Running Back Returns

The San Diego Chargers got a scare early in today’s game against the Denver Broncos. Running back Ryan Matthews left the game in the first quarter with a calf strain.

The San Diego training staff took Matthews to the locker room for further evaluation, and he eventually returned to the sidelines. At the time, his return was called questionable.

Matthews returned to the game when San Diego started a drive with a little more than five minutes left in the second quarter. He ripped off a big 17-yard run on his first play back in the game, right up the middle of the Denver defense who has struggled to contain Matthews today.

So far, Matthews has 11 carries with 78 yards and no touchdowns. San Diego has a 23-10 lead at the half. Philip Rivers has a rushing touchdown to with a passing touchdown to Michael Floyd.

For more on Matthews and the Chargers, check out Bolts from the Blue. Follow the rest of Week 5 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Ryan Mathews Injury: San Diego Chargers RB Leaves With Calf Strain

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is on the sidelines after suffering a calf strain early in Sunday's matchup with the Denver Broncos. Mathews headed to the locker room for further examination, and though he returned to the sidelines, he's yet to return to the game.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, Mathews is questionable to return.

Ryan Mathews is out of Chargers game with calf strain. his return is questionable.

Mathews is on the sideline, but has his calf wrapped up, as well. Prior to the injury, he'd been effective, rushing for 60 yards on seven carries, shouldering the bulk of the load for the Chargers in the running game. With Mathews out, Jacob Hester and Mike Tolbert are splitting time, with each carrying the ball four times thus far.

For more on the Chargers head over to Bolts From the Blue. For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Follow the rest of Week 5 of the regular season at SB Nation NFL.

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Chargers Vs. Broncos: TV Schedule, Game Time, Announcers And More

The pressure is building for the Broncos to give Tim Tebow a shot, could it come against the Chargers?

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