1998 Denver Broncos season
Head Coach Mike Shanahan
Home Field Mile High Stadium
Record 14–2
Place 1st AFC West
Playoff Finish Won Super Bowl XXXIII 34–19 vs Atlanta Falcons
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In 1998 the Denver Broncos had a record of 14–2, second best in the NFL, and won Super Bowl XXXIII. It was John Elway's final season and the season Terrell Davis ran for 2,008 yards, making him only the fourth player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season.

In 2007, the 1998 Broncos were ranked as the 12th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions.


NFL DraftEdit

The Broncos drafted Tennessee Wide Receiver Marcus Nash with the 30th overall pick and Michigan Quarterback Brian Griese in the 3rd round, 91st pick overall.



1998 Denver Broncos staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning


Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 7, 1998 New England Patriots W 27–21 Mile High Stadium (ABC) 1–0
2 September 13, 1998 Dallas Cowboys W 42–23 Mile High Stadium (FOX) 2–0
3 September 20, 1998 at Oakland Raiders W 34–17 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (CBS) 3–0
4 September 27, 1998 at Washington Redskins W 38–16 FedEx Field (CBS) 4–0
5 October 4, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 41–16 Mile High Stadium (FOX) 5–0
6 October 11, 1998 at Seattle Seahawks W 21–16 Kingdome (CBS) 6–0
7 Bye
8 October 25, 1998 Jacksonville Jaguars W 37–24 Mile High Stadium (CBS) 7–0
9 November 1, 1998 at Cincinnati Bengals W 33–26 Cinergy Field (CBS) 8–0
10 November 8, 1998 San Diego Chargers W 27–10 Mile High Stadium (CBS) 9–0
11 November 16, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs W 30–7 Arrowhead Stadium (ABC) 10–0
12 November 22, 1998 Oakland Raiders W 40–14 Mile High Stadium (CBS) 11–0
13 November 29, 1998 at San Diego Chargers W 31–16 Qualcomm Stadium (ESPN) 12–0
14 December 6, 1998 Kansas City Chiefs W 35–31 Mile High Stadium (CBS) 13–0
15 December 13, 1998 at New York Giants L 20–16 Giants Stadium (CBS) 13–1
16 December 21, 1998 at Miami Dolphins L 31–21 Pro Player Stadium (ABC) 13–2
17 December 27, 1998 Seattle Seahawks W 28–21 Mile High Stadium (CBS) 14–2


AFC West
Denver Broncos 1420.875501309
Oakland Raiders 880.500288356
Seattle Seahawks 880.500372310
Kansas City Chiefs 790.438327363
San Diego Chargers 5110.313241342


Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional Playoffs January 9, 1999 Miami Dolphins W 38–3 Mile High Stadium
AFC Championship January 17, 1999 New York Jets W 23–10 Mile High Stadium
Super Bowl XXXIII January 31, 1999 Atlanta Falcons W 34–19 Pro Player Stadium

Season summary Edit

The Broncos won their first 13 games of the season. There was much speculation that they might go undefeated and thus were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. However, they were upset by the New York Giants in week 15 by a score of 20–16. They finished the regular season 14–2.

They finished first in the AFC West and won their divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins 38–3. They then won the AFC Championship over the Bill Parcells coached New York Jets 23–10. Many had expected Denver to play the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl, the team with the number one record that year at 15–1, but the Vikings lost the NFC Championship Game to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34–19 in Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway was the Super Bowl MVP and Davis rushed for over 100 yards. It was Elway's last game, and the last time Denver made its way to the Super Bowl.


Team stats Edit

The Broncos had 3,808 yards passing, sixth in the league. They had 2,468 yards rushing , second in the league and 26 rushing touchdowns, first in the league. They had 6,276 total yards, third best.

They gave up 3,983 passing yards, a low 28 out of 30 in the NFL, but were third in rushing yards given up with 1,287. They gave up 5,270 yards, 12th in the NFL. They scored 501 points, second in the league and gave up 309, eighth in the league.

The team's 14–2 record is currently their best 16-game record in franchise history.

Player stats Edit

Elway threw for 2,806 yards for the season, 22 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Davis rushed for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rod Smith had 86 receptions for 1,222 yards and six touchdowns. Ed McCaffrey had 64 receptions for 1,053 yards. Shannon Sharpe had 64 receptions for 768 yards. Jason Elam kicked 23 out of 27 field goals and 58 out of 58 extra points including a 63-yard field goal to tie Tom Dempsey with the longest field goal in NFL history. Steve Atwater, Davis, Elway, Tony Jones, Mark Schlereth, McCaffrey, Tom Nalen, Bill Romanowski, and Sharpe made the Pro Bowl.

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Terrell Davis, Franchise Record, Most Rushing Yards in One Season, 2,008 Yards [3]
  • Terrell Davis, Franchise Record, Most Touchdowns in One Season, 23 Touchdowns [3]
  • John Elway, Super Bowl MVP
  • Jason Elam, tied longest field goal (63 yards)


  • Terrell Davis, 1st 2000 yard rushing season, 2,008 Yards

References Edit

  1. 2009 Denver Broncos Media Guide. pp. 597–600. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 290
  3. 3.0 3.1 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 44

Pro Football 1998 Denver Broncos Accessed 15 November 2005

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