1984 Denver Broncos season

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1984 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Dan Reeves
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field Mile High Stadium
Results
Record 13–3
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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< 1983 1985 >

The 1984 Denver Broncos season was the team's 25th year in professional football and its 15th with the National Football League (NFL). The team finished with its then franchise best record of thirteen wins and three losses and were champions of the AFC West. The season ended in a heartbreaking Divisional Playoff loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
46 Denver Broncos Andre Townsend Defensive End Mississippi
78 Denver Broncos Tony Lilly Defensive Back Florida
89 Denver Broncos Randy Robbins Defensive Back Arizona
159 Denver Broncos Aaron Smith Linebacker Utah State
186 Denver Broncos Clarence Kay Tight end Georgia
207 Denver Broncos Winford Hood Tackle Georgia
218 Denver Broncos Scott Garnett Defensive tackle Washington
245 Denver Broncos Chris Brewer Running back Arizona
272 Denver Broncos Bobby Micho Tight end Texas
299 Denver Broncos Gene Lang Running back Louisiana State
326 Denver Broncos Murray Jarman Wide receiver Clemson

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1984 Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • President and Chief Executive Officer – Pat Bowlen
  • Assistant General Manager – John Beake
  • Coordinator of College Scouting – Reed Johnson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Fran Polsfoot

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – I. J. Gorman

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 2 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–17 Mile High Stadium 1–0
74,178
2 September 9 at Chicago Bears L 0–27 Soldier Field 1–1
54,335
3 September 16 at Cleveland Browns W 24–14 Cleveland Stadium 2–1
61,980
4 September 23 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–0 Mile High Stadium 3–1
74,263
5 September 30 Los Angeles Raiders W 16–13 Mile High Stadium 4–1
74,833
6 October 7 at Detroit Lions W 28–7 Pontiac Silverdome 5–1
55,836
7 October 15 Green Bay Packers W 17–14 Mile High Stadium 6–1
62,546
8 October 21 at Buffalo Bills W 37–7 Rich Stadium 7–1
31,204
9 October 28 at Los Angeles Raiders W 22–19 (OT) Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 8–1
91,020
10 November 4 New England Patriots W 26–19 Mile High Stadium 9–1
74,908
11 November 11 at San Diego Chargers W 16–13 Jack Murphy Stadium 10–1
53,162
12 November 18 Minnesota Vikings W 42–21 Mile High Stadium 11–1
74,716
13 November 25 Seattle Seahawks L 24–27 Mile High Stadium 11–2
74,922
14 December 2 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–16 Arrowhead Stadium 11–3
38,494
15 December 9 San Diego Chargers W 16–13 Mile High Stadium 12–3
74,867
16 December 15 at Seattle Seahawks W 31–14 Kingdome 13–3
64,411

Game summaries[edit]

Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 0 7 7 14
• Broncos 14 3 0 0 17
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Mile High Stadium
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 62,546
  • Game weather: Snow • 32°F • Wind 4
  • Television network: ABC

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Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Denver Broncos(2) 13 3 0 .813 6–2 10–2 353 241
Seattle Seahawks(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 8–4 418 282
Los Angeles Raiders(5) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 368 278
Kansas City Chiefs 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–7 314 324
San Diego Chargers 7 9 0 .438 0–8 3–9 394 413

Postseason[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional Playoffs December 30 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–17 Mile High Stadium
74,981

AFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

The Broncos lost to the Steelers 24–17 at Denver's Mile High Stadium on Sunday, December 30, 1984. The game was televised on NBC. Given Denver's record and their opportunistic defense, Pittsburgh was the decided underdog. Indeed, much talk before the game centered on a possible meeting of two up-and-coming quarterbacks—Denver's John Elway and Miami's Dan Marino—in the AFC Championship Game.

The game turned into a defensive struggle. After the Broncos' first drive ended in a punt, Steelers' quarterback Mark Malone fumbled on two consecutive drives; the first ended in a missed Rich Karlis field goal, but the second was converted into a touchdown pass from Elway to receiver Jim Wright. The Steelers then answered with a scoring drive, as Gary Anderson kicked a 28-yard field goal.

With the teams trading punts, a miscue by the Steelers threatened to blow the game open. Midway through the second quarter, Steelers' punter Craig Colquitt had his punt blocked—the first of his career—and Denver set up at Pittsburgh's four-yard-line. But on third-and-goal, Elway floated a weak pass into the arms of nose tackle Gary Dunn. Now with the momentum, the Steelers were able to put a drive together at the end of the first half, resulting in a one-yard Frank Pollard touchdown run. The Broncos tried to tie the game with time running out in the half, but a long field goal attempt by Karlis fell short.

Leading somewhat surprisingly 10–7, Pittsburgh looked to grind out yards on the ground and keep Elway on the sidelines. But Denver managed two drives to take the lead in the quarter; the first ended with a Karlis chip-shot to tie the game at 10, then Elway hit receiver Steve Watson for a 20-yard strike to take a 17–10 lead. The Steelers then came back with a drive of their own, resulting in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Malone to receiver Louis Lipps. After both defenses held and forced a couple of more punts, Pittsburgh used Pollard and Walter Abercrombie to knife through a tiring Broncos defense. A key pass to Weegie Thompson put the Steelers at the 15-yard-line, where they stalled. However, Anderson missed his second field goal of the afternoon, and Denver took over with about three minutes left.

Having sustained a groin pull and a twisted knee, however, Elway was not as mobile and was experiencing difficulty with his throws. On second down, Elway threw a pass over the middle that was intercepted by Steelers' safety Eric Williams, who then ran the ball down to the 2-yard-line. After a short run and an incomplete pass, Pollard scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 1-yard run.

With a hobbled Elway not being able to lead the team to a first down, the Broncos turned the ball over on downs. They then used all their time-outs while stopping the Steelers, who, somewhat controversially, attempted a field goal on fourth down—only to see Anderson miss his third attempt of the day. Elway then threw to Watson near midfield, but by the time Elway fired the ball out of bounds to stop the clock, only one second remained. A desperation "Hail Mary" pass fell incomplete, and the Steelers won, 24–17.

The Broncos and their fans were bitterly disappointed by the loss, and finished the year 13–4. After a season-long, high-profile rivalry with their AFC West stablemates Seattle, neither team would end up in the AFC Championship Game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Denver Broncos Media Guide. p. 359. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com

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