Denver Broncos
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Information
League NFL.gif NFL
Conference AFC.png AFC
Division AFC West
Established 1960 (joined NFL in 1970)
Home field Empower Field at Mile High
City Denver, Colorado
Uniforms
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Color White Alternate
Home Field
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Championships
League
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1997 • 1998 • 2015
Super Bowls
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XXXII • XXXIII • 50
Conference
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1977 • 1986 • 1987
1989 • 1997 • 1998
2013 • 2015
Division
15
1977 • 1978 • 1984
1986 • 1987 • 1989
1991 • 1996 • 1998
2005 • 2011 • 2012
2013 • 2014 • 2015

The Denver Broncos are a professional football team based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently a member of the National Football League (NFL) as part of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the AFC West division. They have played homes games at Empower Field at Mile High since 2001.

The Broncos began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), later joining the NFL as part of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. The franchise has won three Super Bowls, first beating the Green Bay Packers at Super Bowl XXXII during the 1997 season, beating the Atlanta Falcons the next year at Super Bowl XXXIII, and beating the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. They have also won eight AFC Championships.

Out of five Super Bowl games, the Broncos are the only team to defeat the Packers in the big game. Since they first played each other in 1971, the teams have played each other on 15 occasions, with the all-time series tied, 7–7–1.

NFL.gif Team history[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

The Denver Broncos were founded on August 14, 1959, when minor league baseball owner Bob Howsam was awarded an American Football League (AFL) charter franchise. The Broncos received their nickname through a fan contest held in 1960.

The Broncos would join the National Football League (NFL) in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger.

Membership[edit | edit source]

League affiliations
AFL.png American Football League (1960-1969)
  • Western Division (1960–1969)
NFL.gif National Football League (1970-present)

Championships[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl XXXII[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl XXXII
Super Bowl XXXII.svg January 25, 1998
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, California
Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers 24
Broncos helmet.png Double arrow icon.png Denver Broncos 31
MVP: Terrell Davis (RB)

The Denver Broncos celebrated their first Super Bowl championship during the 1997 season at the expense of the Green Bay Packers repeating as champions from the previous season. Behind quarterback John Elway and running back Terrell Davis, the Broncos made the playoffs as a 13–3 wildcard team. In the playoffs, Denver crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars at home (avenging their upset loss in the divisional round from the year before), then went on the road to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.

At Super Bowl XXXII against the Packers, Terrell Davis' three rushing touchdowns set a Super Bowl record, with the final score proving to be Green Bay's only Super Bowl defeat to date. Packers quarterback Brett Favre had tied the game at 24-24 after throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman early in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos would take the lead with 1:45 remaining, and would not relinquish it. Denver became the first AFC team to win the Super Bowl in 14 years. Davis was named Super Bowl MVP, carrying the ball 30 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns while catching 2 passes for 8 yards. His performance was also memorable due to the fact that he suffered from a migraine and sat out all but one play in the second quarter.

Super Bowl XXXIII[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl XXXIII
Super Bowl XXXIII.svg January 31, 1999
Pro Player Stadium
Miami, Florida
Broncos helmet.png Double arrow icon.png Denver Broncos 34
Falcons helmet.png Atlanta Falcons 19
MVP: John Elway (QB)

Behind the NFL MVP season of running back Terrell Davis, the Broncos won their first 13 games of the season, finishing the regular season with an AFC-best 14–2 record and clinching the AFC West title. They won their divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins 38-3, then won the AFC Championship Game over the New York Jets, 23-10.

The Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, 34–19. Playing in what would be his final game, John Elway came up big, throwing for 18 of 29 passing for 336 yards plus two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing). Elway was named the Super Bowl MVP. Terrell Davis rushed for 102 yards, fullback Howard Griffith had two short touchdown runs, and cornerback Darien Gordon ended back-to-back Falcons drives with a pair of interceptions.

Super Bowl 50[edit | edit source]

Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50.png February 7, 2016
Levi's Stadium
Santa Clara, California
Panthers helmet.png Carolina Panthers 10
Broncos helmet.png Double arrow icon.png Denver Broncos 24
MVP: Von Miller (OLB)

Despite the struggles of Peyton Manning (who was eventually benched in favor of Brock Osweiler), the Broncos rallied behind their defense to go 12-4 clinching the AFC West title by switching back to Manning. They won their divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 (avenging an earlier loss), then won the AFC Championship Game over the defending champion New England Patriots, 20-18.

The Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, 24-10. The defense sacked Cam Newton six times, had an interception and forced four fumbles, recovering three. Linebacker Von Miller was named Super Bowl MVP after recording 6 tackles, 2.5 sacks, deflecting a pass, and forcing 2 fumbles which led to both of the Broncos touchdowns. It was also the final game of Manning's career.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievements
AP Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Defensive Player of the Year Super Bowl MVP
1987 ElwayThrowback.png John Elway 1996 TDavis1.png Terrell Davis 1978 Romanowski1.png Randy Gradishar 1997 TDavis1.png Terrell Davis
1998 TDavis1.png Terrell Davis 1998 TDavis1.png Terrell Davis 1998 Elway2.png John Elway
2013 ManningBroncos.PNG Peyton Manning 2013 ManningBroncos.PNG Peyton Manning 2015 Broncos58white.png Von Miller

Packers.png Rivalry[edit | edit source]

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Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers
Series tied 6–6–1
Season Date Winning team Score Stadium Series Box
1971 Sep. 26 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 34–13 Milwaukee County Stadium 1–0 Football icon.png
1975 Sep. 29 Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 13–23 Mile High Stadium 1–1 Football icon.png
1978 Nov. 19 Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 3–16 Mile High Stadium 1–2 Football icon.png
1984 Oct. 15 Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 14–17 Mile High Stadium 1–3 Football icon.png
1987 Dec. 30 Tie T 17–17 (OT) Milwaukee County Stadium 1–3–1 Football icon.png
1990 Dec. 30 Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 13–22 Mile High Stadium 1–4–1 Football icon.png
1993 Dec. 8 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 30–27 Lambeau Field 2–4–1 Football icon.png
1996 Dec. 8 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 41–6 Lambeau Field 3–4–1 Football icon.png
1997 Super Bowl XXXII.svg Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 24–31 Qualcomm Stadium 3–5–1 Football icon.png
1999 Oct. 17 Broncos helmet.png Denver Broncos L 10–31 Mile High Stadium 3–6–1 Football icon.png
2003 Dec. 28 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 31–3 Lambeau Field 4–6–1 Football icon.png
2007 Oct. 29 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 19–13 (OT) INVESCO Field at Mile High 5–6–1 Football icon.png
2011 Oct. 2 Packers helmet.png Green Bay Packers W 49–23 Lambeau Field 6–6–1 Football icon.png

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