Late Orton TD pass rallies Broncos for 26-20 win over Tennessee |

Late Orton TD pass rallies Broncos for 26-20 win over Tennessee

The Denver Broncos Denver Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter #28 scores over the Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon #92 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee, Sunday, 10-03-2010. Joe Amon/ The Denver Post

NASHVILLE – Even if Kyle Orton had been the least of the Broncos’ problems, he needed this. He needed to come through in the fourth quarter with the game in the balance.

The Broncos quarterback who eats up passing yardage with greater voracity than Denver’s “D” ate up Tennessee running back Chris Johnson on Sunday needed to show that besides playing well in defeat and playing well in a route, he could also play well when fingernails have been chewed to the nub.

With a calm slide away from pressure and a mighty heave downfield, Orton delivered. He, and his tenacious defense and accurate kicking by Matt Prater gave the Broncos a come-from-behind, 26-20 victory against the Tennessee Titans.

The upset win – Tennessee was favored by as much as a touchdown – evened the Broncos’ record at 2-2.

Orton completed 35 of 50 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns but he’s put up huge numbers before. Entering this game, Orton’s worst statistical quarter had been the fourth, where he had an 81.9 passer rating compared to 107.0 in the first; 97.6 in the second and 115.5 in the third.

Read more: Late Orton TD pass rallies Broncos for 26-20 win over Tennessee – The Denver Post

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