Cutler and Broncos upstage Quinn, 34-30

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John Elway isn’t the only Denver quarterback capable of breaking Cleveland’s heart.

Jay Cutler pulled off this fourth-quarter comeback, turning Brady Quinn’s big night into his own prime-time showcase.

Cutler passed for a career-high 447 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the final 15 minutes Thursday night -- the last an 11-yarder to Brandon Marshall with 1:14 remaining -- to rally the broken Broncos to a 34-30 win over the Browns at Cleveland, spoiling Quinn’s highly hyped debut as an NFL starter.

The Broncos (5-4) entered the fourth quarter trailing, 23-13.

Cutler threw a 93-yard touchdown pass to rookie Eddie Royal, a 28-yarder to tight end Daniel Graham and then finished off the Browns like so many Denver teams have done in the past with his toss to Marshall in the corner of the end zone.


Quinn threw two touchdown passes to Kellen Winslow and went 23 of 35 for 239 yards.


Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson was sent home again and probably will be benched or suspended for Sunday’s game at Detroit. Coach Jack Del Rio was still deciding how to punish the Jaguars’ captain, who was asked to leave after a confrontation with the coach during a team meeting Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker missed practice for the second day in a row because of a shoulder injury and his status for Sunday’s game against Indianapolis is uncertain.