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1977 Denver Broncos season

1977 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Red Miller
Home field Mile High Stadium
Results
Record 12–2
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost Super Bowl XII
Timeline
Previous season      Next season
< 1976      1978 >

The 1977 Denver Broncos season was the team's 18th year in professional football and its 8th with the National Football League.

The team had by far its best season to date, finishing first in the AFC West and making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Broncos won the first two playoff games in franchise history (over perennial AFC powerhouses Pittsburgh and Oakland) and won their first AFC Championship, earning a berth in Super Bowl XII, where they fell to the NFC champion Dallas Cowboys, 27-10.

Still, 1977 was a major leap for the Broncos, who had never won more than nine games in a season. Coach Red Miller — in his first season as the Broncos' head coach — was named NFL Coach of the Year, and quarterback Craig Morton was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Denver's 1977 season is chronicled in Terry Frei's 2008 book, '77: Denver, the Broncos and a Coming of Age.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 18 St. Louis Cardinals W 7–0 Mile High Stadium 1–0
75,002
2 September 25 Buffalo Bills W 26–6 Mile High Stadium 2–0
74,897
3 October 2 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–13 Kingdome 3–0
53,108
4 October 9 Kansas City Chiefs W 23–7 Mile High Stadium 4–0
74,878
5 October 16 at Oakland Raiders W 30–7 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 5–0
53,616
6 October 23 at Cincinnati Bengals W 24 - 13 Riverfront Stadium 6–0
54,395
7 October 30 Oakland Raiders L 14–24 Mile High Stadium 6–1
75,007
8 November 6 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–7 Mile High Stadium 7–1
74,967
9 November 13 at San Diego Chargers W 17–14 San Diego Stadium 8–1
45,211
10 November 20 at Kansas City Chiefs W 14–7 Arrowhead Stadium 9–1
54,050
11 November 27 Baltimore Colts W 27–13 Mile High Stadium 10–1
74,939
12 December 4 at Houston Oilers W 24–14 Astrodome 11–1
46,875
13 December 11 San Diego Chargers W 17–9 Mile High Stadium 12–1
74,905
14 December 18 at Dallas Cowboys L 6–14 Texas Stadium 12–2
63,752

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 000 0
• Broncos 0 070 7

[1]


Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Game site Attendance
Divisional Playoffs December 24 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–21 Mile High Stadium
75,011
AFC Championship January 1 Oakland Raiders W 20–17 Mile High Stadium
74,982
Super Bowl XII January 15 Dallas Cowboys L 10–27 Louisiana Superdome
76,400

Divisional

AFC Championship

1 234Total
Raiders 3 0014 17
Broncos 7 076 20
  • Date: January 1
  • Location: Mile High Stadium • Denver, Colorado
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 74,982
  • Game weather: 13°F • Wind 6

[2]


Super Bowl


Standings

Roster

Defense
[1]


FS
Bernard Jackson


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Tom Jackson Randy Gradishar Joe Rizzo Bob Swenson
SS
Bill Thompson
CB
Louis Wright


DE NT DE
Lyle Alzado Rubin Carter Barney Chavous
CB
Steve Foley
Offense
[2]
WR
Jack Dolbin
LT LG C RG RT
Andy Maurer Tom Glassic Mike Montler Paul Howard Claudie Minor
TE
Riley Odoms
WR
Haven Moses
QB
Craig Morton
RB
Otis Armstrong
FB
Jon Keyworth
Lonnie Perrin
Special Teams
PK Jim Turner
P Bucky Dilts
KR Rick Upchurch
PR Rick Upchurch



References

  • Broncos on Pro Football Reference
  • Broncos Schedule on jt-sw.com

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