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Tebow Picked Four Times as Bills Bury Broncos 40-14

Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter

A defense that played more like they were in the first few weeks of the season than the last, derailed Tim Tebow and the Broncos Saturday, putting them in a one and done position next week against former QB Kyle Orton and the Chiefs.

It was a nightmare day for Tebow, as safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Spencer Johnson returned interceptions for touchdowns on consecutive plays from scrimmage in the fourth quarter to seal Buffalo’s 40-14 rout on Saturday.

The Bills snapped a seven-game skid and stalled the Broncos in their bid to secure their first playoff berth since 2005.

Tebow finished with a career-worst four interceptions as the Broncos (8-7) lost their second in a row and fell into a tie with Oakland for first place in the AFC West. The Broncos close the season at home against Kansas City next week, while Oakland hosts San Diego.

Byrd scored on a 37-yard return with 8:03 left and Johnson had a 17-yarder just 18 seconds later as Buffalo (6-9) ended its home schedule with a victory. C.J. Spiller rushed for a career-best 111 yards and a touchdown, and Leodis McKelvin scored on an 80-yard punt return.

Dave Rayner shook off two missed field-goal attempts—and a booing crowd— to hit his final four, all from within 29 yards. The Bills set a single-season franchise record with five interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Tebow finished 13 of 30 for 185 yards with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Fells. He added 34 yards rushing, and scored on a 1-yard plunge.

Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed for 196 yards on 15-of-27 attempts in the victory.

If the 8-7 Broncos beat Kansas City in the season finale on New Year’s Day, they will win the AFC West Division title on a tiebreaker against the 8-7 Oakland Raiders and, possibly, San Diego, depending on how the 7-7 Chargers fare later today at Detroit.

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