Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Drew Stanton's 25-yard rushing touchdown with just under two minutes remaining lifted the Detroit Lions over the Denver Broncos, 25-20, in the second preseason game for each club at Invesco Field.
Stanton completed 2-of-4 passes for 36 yards and gained 31 yards on the ground for the Lions, who lost 23-7 to the Steelers last week. Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford connected on 13-of-18 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Shaun Hill completed 9-of-14 passes for 93 yards.
Rookie running back Jahvid Best rushed for 49 yards on eight carries. Calvin Johnson caught two passes for 34 yards and a score for Detroit, which got four field goals from Steven Hauschka.
Kyle Orton, who signed a contract extension through the 2011 season earlier in the week, connected on 16-of-22 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception for the Broncos, who were coming off a 33-24 loss to the Bengals. Brady Quinn completed 11-of-17 passes for 115 yards.
Tim Tebow, the Broncos' 2010 first-round quarterback choice, was expected to make his live Denver debut. However, he was held out of the game due to a rib injury suffered in the previous game.
The Broncos were without a total of 16 players, including cornerback Champ Bailey, linebacker D.J. Williams, and wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
Jabar Gaffney caught six passes for 98 yards, while Lance Ball and Marquez Branson each had a receiving touchdown. Bruce Hall rushed for 43 yards on five carries.
Trailing 20-19 following Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal, the Lions put together a 10-play drive. Faced with a 3rd-and-4 from the Denver 25, Stanton scrambled up the middle after failing to find an open receiver. Stanton found the end zone to complete the 80-yard march. The two-point conversion failed.
Denver drove down to the Detroit 33 before Quinn fumbled the ball away.