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Cutler's career night lifts banged up Broncs

CLEVELAND — 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 Thursday night — the last an 11-yarder to Brandon Marshall with 1:14 remaining. That was enough to rally the broken Denver Broncos to a 34-30 win over the Cleveland Browns and spoil 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 out of John Elway's comeback playbook, brought Denver back. He recorded his fifth career fourth-quarter comeback victory despite losing two more running backs to injuries and having only his fullback to carry the ball.

"It was a big, big win for us," Cutler said. "To be down 13 and have an empty backfield and to come back like this, it means a lot."

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

The Broncos have beaten Cleveland (3-6) eight straight times and been the Browns' longtime nemesis, beating them three times in AFC title games.

Cutler finished 24-for-42 with three TDs and one interception. He passed for 204 yards in the fourth quarter.

Quinn threw two TD passes to Kellen Winslow and went 23 of 35 for 239 yards, but thought he could have done more.

"I told everyone, this one is flat on me," Quinn said. "I know I am good enough that I can make a play at the end and win."

After hauling in Cutler's final TD pass, Marshall was about to pull something out of his pants when teammate Brandon Stokley ran over and stopped him from getting a possible personal foul.

After the game, Marshall said he had a black-and-white glove designed to honor President-elect Barack Obama and former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who made controversial black power salutes at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.

Quinn had one last chance, getting the ball back with 1:10 remaining.

The former Notre Dame star, who waited 25 games to take over Cleveland's offense, completed a 9-yard pass to Winslow on first down before two incompletions gave him no margin for error.

On fourth down, Quinn whipped a high pass to Winslow that sailed through the hands of the Pro Bowl tight end.

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