Denver Broncos Tickets
The Denver Broncos were the first AFL team to beat an NFL team. This was a distinction as the American Football League (AFL) at the time was considered to be both short on talent and money when compared to the well established National Football League (NFL). However when the Denver Broncos defeated the Detroit Lions on August 5, 1967, it forced the NFL to rethink their strategy and bring AFL teams into the fold.
The merger between the NFL and AFL took place in 1970 and since then the Denver Broncos have played in the NFL’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. Before joining the NFL, the Broncos was not a successful team as throughout the sixties they won only 39 games against 97 losses with 4 ties. This all changed when the Denver Broncos joined the NFL. If you’re a fan of this football team, then get Denver Broncos tickets here.
History of the Broncos
Founded on August 14, 1959, the Denver Broncos was a result of Bob Howsam, a minor league baseball owner, being awarded an AFL charter franchise. Although the Broncos were not successful during their time in the AFL, the team was not only able to survive, but also avoid relocation. The credit for keeping the franchise together goes to Floyd Little’s - Broncos first superstar – and his on and off field efforts for Pro Bowl. The Broncos under the AFL banner became the only original franchise to not play in the title game. The team was also unable to have a winning season in the AFL.
AFL, as a league, earned legitimacy when the AFL Champions the New York Jets defeated the NFL favorites the Baltimore Colts on January 12, 1969. The win had far reaching consequences that ultimately led to the AFL and NFL merger in 1970. As a result, the Denver Broncos became part of the NFL. Even though the Broncos were essentially the team that proved AFL teams could play better than the NFL teams, it took the franchise three years after joining the NFL to start winning. In 1973, former Stanford University coach John Ralston joined the Broncos. This was also the first year Broncos achieved their first winning season with 7-5-2. Ralston was replaced after helping the Broncos achieve three winning seasons with Red Miller.
Broncos make it to the Playoffs
After the departure of Ralston, Miller, previously an assistant coach, and Quarterback Craig Morton guided the Broncos to their very first playoff appearance in 1977. The Broncos finished the 1977 season with a record 12-2 and went all the way to the Super Bowl. They were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys 27-10. The 1977 season started a trend that saw the Broncos make regular playoff appearances. The Broncos, after 1977, made it to the playoffs 21 times. In addition to the playoffs, the Broncos won 15 Division championships and 8 Conference championships.
Dan Reeves joined the Broncos in 1981 as the youngest Head Coach in the NFL. Two years later, in 1983, John Elway from Stanford was traded to the Broncos. Before Elway, Broncos inconsistency and unsuccessful search for the right quarterback was evident in the fact that they had started 24 quarterback in 23 seasons. The arrival of Elway changed all that. Elway’s stay at the Broncos (1983-1998) along with Reeves saw the team make six playoff appearances, win three AFC championships and five AFC West division titles. These fifteen seasons saw the Broncos make three Super Bowl appearances in 1986, 1987 and 1989. They lost Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants 20-39, Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins 10-42 and Super XXIV to the San Francisco 49ers 10-55.
Broncos Win the Super Bowls
After three losses in the Super Bowl, the Broncos decided to make some changes. The first change came in 1995 with former offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan being signed as head coach and Terrell Davis drafted as running back. The Broncos lost the 1996 playoffs to the fifth seed Jacksonville Jaguars, however they came back strong in the 1997 season. Elway and Davis played an instrumental role in helping the Broncos win Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers 31-24. This was after a remarkably successful 12-4 season. The Broncos continued their top form in the 1998 season with 14 wins and 2 losses. They also defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 to win Super Bowl XXXIII.
1999 turned out to be the worst year for the two time defending champions. With a regular season score of 6-10, the Broncos were unable to make it to the playoffs. The 2000 season saw the Broncos lose the Wild Card playoff spot to the Baltimore Ravens 3-21. The Broncos were unable to make a sizeable impact over the next twelve seasons until the arrival of Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning.
2012 saw Peyton Manning sign a five year contract. In his first year, Manning helped the Broncos reach the playoffs where they lost the Divisional playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens. Manning for his performance, received the Comeback Player of the Year Award. This was in reference to him sitting out the entire 2011 season due to neck injuries. The Broncos made it to the Super Bowl in 2013 but lost to the Seattle Seahawks 8-43. 2014 again saw the Broncos lose the Divisional Playoffs and this time to Manning’s former team the Colts. This brought the Broncos to the 2015 season which they won 12-4 and made it to the playoffs.
The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in 2015 by defeating the favorites Carolina Panthers 24-10. Super Bowl 50 gave the Denver Broncos their third NFL title. Von Miller, Bronco’s Outside Linebacker, was named Super Bowl MVP.
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