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.
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.
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.