Kyle Orton stages his own Tebow-like miracle against the Green Bay Packers

The somewhat anti-climatic showdown between Tim Tebow and Tom Brady may have been the most hyped story of the week before Sunday, but it was the neck-bearded man who Tebow replaced who made the biggest headlines afterward -- by ending the Green Bay Packers's perfect season in dramatic fashion.

It was a sweet consolation prize newly-anointed Kansas City Chiefs starter Kyle Orton, a guy who suffered many indignities this year -- including billboards -- before finally being cut by the Broncos last month.

And Orton, known as much for boozing photos as Tebow is for the opposite, will no doubt carry that confidence with him in two weeks when the Chiefs come to Denver to battle the guy he replaced in the that dissed him -- and with the playbook that we're sure he still has a copy of (thanks for that, John Elway).

It's a potential match-up so delicious that even the New York Times weighed in on it.

We already know Orton will be the starter. Let the games begin.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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