In the offseason of that year, he was traded to the Denver Broncos.
Despite the team's success, Orton finished with the lowest quarterback rating in the NFL (59.7) among all "qualified" quarterbacks (those with 224 pass attempts).
The outcome of this game, for the Chicago Bears, did not have any effect on their post-season hopes.
The Bears had already clinched the NFC North championship and a first-round bye in the 2005–06 playoffs with their Week 16 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
After throwing 3 interceptions versus the Arizona Cardinals on December 12 and with the Broncos eliminated from the playoffs, Orton was replaced by Tim Tebow for the final three games of the 2010 season.
In 2011, he again began the season as a starter, but he was replaced by Tebow again after a disappointing start to the season.
Though Orton threw 21 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions, the team finished 8–8 and out of the playoffs.