Cornerback Michael Adams breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Jason Hill during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)

Denver Broncos Beat Arizona Cardinals 16-13 In Final Preseason Game

It appears that fourth string QB Adam Weber learned something from Tim Tebow last season, at least in the fourth quarter.

Weber hit Greg Orton with a 45-yard pass to set up Matt Prater’s 44-yard game winning field. The Denver Broncos beat the Arizona Cardinals 16-13 in a very late game that gave the backups the ultimate audition.

The guy perhaps most on the fringe, and in need of a big game was running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno came up big with 7 carries for 49 yards, although newly drafted back Ronnie Hillman had 14 carries for 68 yards.

The most exciting play of the game, however, was when rookie Omar Bolden returned a kickoff 103 yards late in the third quarter. From there, the rest of the Broncos’ points came from Prater’s leg.

The backup quarterback situation never really ironed itself out as Caleb Hanie made the start and had 75 yards on 7-for-13 passing. Former Arizona State man Brock Osweiler had a rough homecoming as he went 3-for-6 for 36 yards and one interceptions. Weber ended the night going 2-for-4 for 57 yards.

That concludes the Broncos’ preseason. The next time they step out onto the field will be the real deal against the team that they beat in the playoffs in January. There’s no bigger way to kick off the regular season than with a Sunday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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