McDaniels has always believed QB Tim Tebow would be ready sooner than most in the NFL
He did not run, or even scramble. He stood and threw 10 passes, completing five, for 72 yards.
Call Tebow ahead of schedule, with a ways to go. On his first attempt in the fourth quarter, Tebow telegraphed a pass that was intercepted on the run by Crezdon Butler, who nearly returned it for a touchdown.
"I did some good things and bad things," Tebow said. "I've got a lot to work on."
But after his pick that led to a Steelers touchdown, Tebow displayed a wonderful bout of memory loss. He came back on the next drive to throw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Eric Decker, Tebow's first scoring throw as a professional.
Tebow, it appears, is the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback.
Orton's toughness helped him stay at No. 1. After returning from his time on the sideline, Orton led the team on a long field-goal drive that was helped along by a Harrison unnecessary roughness penalty.