Mighty start, but Quinn, Browns fall

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November 07, 2008|By From Sun news services

Jay Cutler turned Brady Quinn's big night into his own prime-time showcase.

Cutler passed for a career-high 447 yards, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter - the last an 11-yarder to Brandon Marshall with 1:14 left - to rally the broken Denver Broncos to a 34-30 road win last night over the Cleveland Browns, spoiling Quinn's highly hyped debut as an NFL starter.

The Broncos (5-4) entered the fourth quarter trailing 23-13, but Cutler, borrowing a page from John Elway's playbook, brought Denver back. He recorded his fifth career fourth-quarter comeback win.

Cutler threw a 93-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal and a 28-yarder to tight end Daniel Graham and then finished off the Browns (3-6) with his toss to Marshall in the corner of the end zone.

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

Et cetera: : Jaguars linebacker Mike Peterson was sent home again and could be benched or suspended for Sunday's road game against the Lions. Coach Jack Del Rio was still deciding whether to punish the team captain, who was asked to leave Wednesday after a confrontation with the coach during a team meeting. ... Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones snapped back at Joey Porter, a day after the outspoken Dolphins linebacker questioned how Jones could still be playing despite having a felony cocaine charge against him earlier this year. "Is Joey Porter the commissioner?" Jones said. ... Willie Parker missed practice for the second day in a row because of a shoulder injury, and the Steelers running back's status for Sunday's game against the Colts is uncertain. ... Bills top pass rusher Aaron Schobel (sprained ligament, big toe) will spend at least the next week with his left foot in a cast but could be back by the end of the month, a person told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

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