DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays in the end zone prior to taking on the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Texans Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow Leads Denver To 24-23 Victory In Fourth Quarter Comeback

Tim Tebow starred in today's Denver Broncos victory over the Houston Texans, but he also had a good dose of support from Correll Buckhalter and Brandon Lloyd.

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Texans Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow Leads Denver to 24-23 Victory In Fourth Quarter Comeback

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow picked up his first career win in his first career start at INVESCO Field at Mile High today, defeating the Houston Texans, 24-23. Tebow now has his first career fourth quarter comeback, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a six-yard run with a little over three minutes to go.

Tebow started the drive on his own 24-yard line and never let up. He converted a third down by completing a 22-yard pass to Correll Buckhalter, who took over running back duties for the re-injured Knowshon Moreno (ribs). Eventually, the team wound up on Houston's one-yard line, but a false start penalty put the Broncos back five yards. Tebow took the snap and ran to his left to tie the game at 23 all. Steve Hauschka kicked the extra point to put the Broncos up by a point.

It was a tale of two halves for Tebow. His first drive ended prematurely when he threw an interception in the end zone, and he finished the first half with 7-of-12 passing for 100 yards and a 50.7 QB rating. In the second half, Tebow turned things around, helping the Broncos outscore the Texans, 24-6. Tebow's 50-yard throw to Brandon Lloyd helped set up Correll Buckhalter's six-yard touchdown run, the Broncos' first score of the game. To start the fourth quarter, Tebow led another long drive that resulted in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Buckhalter. He capped it off with a late fourth quarter drive to put the Broncos ahead, 24-23.

Tebow finished the day 16-of-29 passing for 308 yards, a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and an interception.

With just over a minute left on the clock, the Broncos' Syd'Quan Thompson intercepted a Matt Schaub pass that was tipped at the line by defensive lineman Justin Bannan to seal the victory. In the end, the Broncos' defense was able to hold the Texans--barely.

Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd caught five passes for 111 yards and now holds the record for second-most receiving yards in a season with 1,375 (In 2000, Rod Smith took the record with 1,602 yards). Correll Buckhalter came up big when it counted most, despite modest stats (42 yards on the ground).

Still, this game was not without its pitfalls. Matt Schaub threw for 310 yards against the defense and Arian Foster was able to run for 91 yards. Also, Mike McCoy's play-calling in the first half was questionable, though those screen passes started to work in the second half.

The Denver Broncos improved to 4-11 on the season and will finish the season at home next Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.


Texans Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow Rushing Touchdown Gives Denver 24-23 Lead

Has Tim Tebow led the Denver Broncos to his first career NFL fourth quarter comeback? Tebow justgave Denver th e lead with a six-yard touchdown run tout the Broncos up, 24-23. it was a 76-yard drive that ate off over four minutes from the clock.

The drive saw Tebow go over 300 yards passing, and he now has 30 rushing yards on seven carries. It has been a tale of two halves for the rookie quarterback.

Can the Broncos defense hold off the Texans during the final two minutes of play?


Texans Vs. Broncos: Houston Leads Denver, 17-0, At Halftime

The Houston Texans lead the Denver Broncos, 17-0, at halftime in a one-sided affair. The Broncos have been able to do anything on either offense or defense so far. However, the Texans kick started their offense after two three-and-outs to start the game. Running back Arian Foster capped a six-play, 91-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run to give the Texans a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and his wide receiver, Jacoby Jones, connected on two passes for a total of 81 yards. This set up a touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels to put the Texans up, 14-0. Neil Rackers added a field goal near the end of the first half.

Foster has 66 yards rushing and Schaub is 10-of-12 for 170 yards.

As for the Broncos, rookie Tim Tebow has had his issues and is 7-of-12 for 100 yards and an interception. Knowshon Moreno is the leading rusher with 19 yards on seven carries. Jabar Gaffney has 32 yards receiving and was blasted on an overthrown pass.


Texans Vs. Broncos: Arian Foster Gives Houston First Quarter Lead

The Houston Texans made the most out of their third drive of the game, capping it with an Arian Foster touchdown. The drive began on their own nine-yard line and ended six plays and 91 yards later.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and tight end Owen Daniels brought the ball to their own 40-yard line on a 31-yard pass. A couple of plays later, running back Arian Foster made a 34-yard line to put the Texans on the Broncos’ three-yard line. One play later, he found himself three yards farther and in the end zone for six points. Neil Rackers added the extra point to put the Texans up, 7-0


Texans Vs. Broncos: Tim Tebow Throws Interception

After the Houston Texans went three-and-out on their first drive, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow stepped on to the field to lead his team at Mile High. He made two short passes that went for long gains and had 43 yards. But on Houston’s 11-yard line, Tebow threw a pass intended for Brandon Lloyd. Instead, the ball went into the hands of cornerback Jason Allen, who was in the end zone.

However, the Texans failed to capitalize on the turnover and went three-and-out once again. The game is still tied at zero.


Texans Vs. Broncos Injury Report: Knowshon Moreno Returns To Practice

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno returned to practice on Thursday, but he had only limited participation. Moreno received a rib injury in Sunday's loss to the Raiders and had only four carries for five yards before missing the majority of the game. However, his return to practice is an encouraging sign that he will be ready to start on Sunday. He and Tim Tebow could provide plenty of problems for the Texans on the ground.

Receiver Demaryius Thomas had limited participation in practice again and could return from his ankle injury this weekend. However, the team should be expecting big things out of him in 2011. Safety Brian Dawkins also has practiced the last two days and should be ready to go. His return should help the rush defense.

Quarterback Kyle Orton is still limited in practice, and the question is whether he will be the backup or the third quarterback against the Texans.

The full report:

Name  Position  Injury  Wed.  Thu.  Fri.  Status
David Bruton S  Ribs  LP  LP  -  -
Daniel Coats TE  Finger  FP  FP  -  -
Brian Dawkins S  Knee  LP  LP  -  -
Darcel McBath S  Quadricep  LP  LP  -  -
Knowshon Moreno RB  Ribs  DNP  LP  -  -
Kyle Orton QB  Ribs  LP  LP  -  -
Eddie Royal WR  Lower Back  FP  FP  -  -
Demaryius Thomas WR  Ankle  LP  LP  -  -
Jamal Williams DL  Non-Injury  -  DNP  -  -
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