The franchise has experienced two major periods of success. The first was from 1976 to 1981, when the Broncos did not have a losing season (a season when the team has more losses than wins), and won two AFC West division titles, and one AFC championship. The second began in 1983 and ended in 1998. During this period, the Broncos had just two losing seasons, were AFC champions five times and Super Bowl champions for two consecutive years. This second period of success is best remembered for John Elway being the team's quarterback. The Broncos have also experienced one notable period of deterioration. From their inaugural season in 1960 until 1975, they did not make the playoffs and had just two winning seasons. They also experienced their two seasons with the most losses ever, winning just two of fourteen games in both 1963 and 1964.
The Broncos have been AFC West champions ten times, and have also earned wild card berths into the playoffs six times. They have been conference champions six times and Super Bowl champions twice. However, the Broncos did not make the AFL playoffs prior to the merger in 1970. As of the end of the 2007 season, the Broncos have played over 800 regular and post-season games in 51 seasons, and have appeared in the post-season sixteen times.
Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any post-season play.
|Super Bowl Champions (1970–present)||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth|
|AFL/NFL Season||Team's season||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Post-season results||Awards|
|1962||1962||AFL||West||2nd||7||7||0||Jack Faulkner (Coach of the Year)|
|1977||1977||NFL||AFC||West||1st||12||2||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 34–21|
Won Conference Championship (Raiders) 20–17
Lost Super Bowl XII (Cowboys) 27–10
|Red Miller (AFC Coach of the Year)|
|1978||1978||NFL||AFC||West||1st||10||6||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 33–10||Randy Gradishar (Defensive Player of the Year)|
|1979||1979||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Oilers) (13–7)|
|1983||1983||NFL||AFC||West||3rd||9||7||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Seahawks) 31–7|
|1984||1984||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 24–17|
|1986||1986||NFL||AFC||West||1st||11||5||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 22–17|
Won Conference Championship (Browns) 23–20c
Lost Super Bowl XXI (Giants) 39–20
|1987d||1987||NFL||AFC||West||1st||10||4||1||Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 34–10|
Won Conference Championship (Browns) 38–33e
Lost Super Bowl XXII (Redskins) 42–10
|John Elway (NFL MVP)|
|1989||1989||NFL||AFC||West||1st||11||5||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers) 24–23|
Won Conference Championship (Browns) 37–21
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (49ers) 55–10
|Dan Reeves (AFC Coach of the Year)|
|1991||1991||NFL||AFC||West||1st||12||4||0||Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers) 26–24|
Lost Conference Championship (Bills) 10–7
|Dan Reeves (AFC Coach of the Year)|
|1993||1993||NFL||AFC||West||3rd||9||7||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Raiders) 42–24|
|1996||1996||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars) 30–27||Terrell Davis (Offensive Player of the Year)|
|1997||1997||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||12||4||0||Won Wild card Playoffs (Jaguars) 42–17|
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs) 14–10
Won Conference Championship (Steelers) 24–21
Won Super Bowl XXXII (Packers) 31–24
|Terrell Davis (Super Bowl MVP)|
|1998||1998||NFL||AFC||West||1st||14||2||0||Won Division Playoffs (Dolphins) 38–3|
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 23–10
Won Super Bowl XXXIII (Falcons) 34–19
|Terrell Davis (NFL MVP)|
(Offensive Player of the Year)
John Elway (Super Bowl MVP)
|2000||2000||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||11||5||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Ravens) 21–3||Mike Anderson (Offensive Rookie of the Year)|
|2002||2002||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||9||7||0||Clinton Portis (Offensive Rookie of the Year)|
|2003||2003||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Colts) 41–10|
|2004||2004||NFL||AFC||West||2nd||10||6||0||Lost Wild card Playoffs (Colts) 49–24|
|2005||2005||NFL||AFC||West||1st||13||3||0||Won Division Playoffs (Patriots) 27–13|
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers) 34–17
|Total||398||363||10||(1960–2010, includes only regular season)|
|17||15||--||(1960–2010, includes only playoffs)|
|415||378||10||(1960–2010, includes both regular season and playoffs; 2 NFL Championships)|
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- "Denver Broncos - History". CBS. http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/teams/history/DEN. Retrieved August 18, 2008.
- "Denver Broncos Franchise Encyclopedia". pro-football-reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/den/. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Denver Broncos". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/team.jsp?franchise_id=10. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
- ↑ "John Elway". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?PLAYER_ID=64. Retrieved July 17, 2008.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Denver Broncos Franchise Encyclopedia". Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/den/. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
- ↑ "HickokSports.com". HickokSports.com - History - NFL Rookie of the Year Awards. http://www.hickoksports.com/history/nflroy.shtml. Retrieved January 15, 2008.
- ↑ "HickokSports.com". HickokSports.com - History - NFL Coach of the Year Awards. http://www.hickoksports.com/history/nflcoy.shtml. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
- ↑ "Annual NFL Awards NFL Comeback Player of the Year". about.com. http://football.about.com/od/nflhistory/a/nflawardscomeba.htm. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- ↑ "NFL Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year". about.com. http://football.about.com/od/nflhistory/l/bl_awardsmvp.htm. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- ↑ "Annual NFL Awards NFL Defensive Player of the Year". about.com. http://football.about.com/od/nflhistory/a/nflawardsdpy.htm. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- ↑ "Annual NFL Awards Offensive Player of the Year". about.com. http://football.about.com/od/nflhistory/a/nflawardsopy.htm. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
- ↑ "The AFL: A Football Legacy". Sports Illustrated. 2001-01-22. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/news/2001/01/22/afl_history_2/. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "HISTORY 1981-1990". NFL. http://www.nfl.com/history/chronology/1981-1990. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
- ↑ "Pro Football Hall of Fame - The Drive". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/decades/1980s/the_drive.jsp. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- ↑ "1987 AFC Championship Game vs. Cleveland Browns". Denver Broncos. http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.php?id=341&contentID=1216. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
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