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1991 Denver Broncos season


1991 Denver Broncos season

1991 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Dan Reeves
General manager John Beake
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field Mile High Stadium
Record 12–4
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Lost AFC Championship Game
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The 1991 Denver Broncos season was the team's 32nd year in professional football and its 22nd with the National Football League. The team improved on its 5–11 from 1990, winning their third AFC West title in five years, and advanced to the AFC Championship game.


NFL Draft



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Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Cincinnati Bengals W 45–14
2 September 8, 1991 at Los Angeles Raiders L 16–13
3 September 15, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 16–10
4 September 22, 1991 San Diego Chargers W 27–19
5 September 29, 1991 at Minnesota Vikings W 13–6
6 October 6, 1991 at Houston Oilers L 42–14
7 Bye
8 October 20, 1991 Kansas City Chiefs W 19–16
9 October 27, 1991 at New England Patriots W 9–6
10 November 3, 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–13
11 November 10, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders L 17–16
12 November 17, 1991 at Kansas City Chiefs W 24–20
13 November 24, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks L 13–10
14 December 1, 1991 New England Patriots W 20–3
15 December 8, 1991 at Cleveland Browns W 17–7
16 December 15, 1991 Phoenix Cardinals W 24–19
17 December 22, 1991 at San Diego Chargers W 17–14

Season summary

Week 10

1 234Total
Steelers 3 703 13
Broncos 0 1730 20
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Mile High Stadium • Denver, Colorado
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 16°F, wind 8 mph
  • TV announcers: Mike Patrick & Joe Theismann



AFC West
Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 304 235
Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 322 252
Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 298 297
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 276 261
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 274 342


AFC Divisional Playoff

AFC Championship Game

Buffalo Bills 10, Denver Broncos 7
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 0 077
Bills 0 0 7310

at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Buffalo relied on missed field goals by Denver and some key plays from their defense to narrowly defeat the Broncos in a tough defensive struggle. Although the first half was scoreless, the Broncos advanced into Buffalo territory on all five of their possessions in the first half. However, Denver kicker David Treadwell missed 3 field goals, hitting the goal posts twice and driving the other attempt wide right.

Late in the third quarter, the Broncos faced second down and 10 at their own 19-yard line. Quarterback John Elway threw a shovel pass intended for running back Steve Sewell, but it was tipped by Bills defensive lineman Jeff Wright into the arms of linebacker Carlton Bailey, who returned the ball 11 yards for Buffalo's only touchdown of the game. Elway was then knocked out of the game after suffering a deep thigh bruise, and was replaced by backup Gary Kubiak. With 4:18 left in the game, Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood made a 44-yard field goal to increase the lead, 10–0. Kubiak, who was playing in his last NFL game before retiring, led the Broncos 85 yards in eight plays and scored a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left. Denver then recovered the ensuing onside kick, but the Bills clinched the victory after defensive back Kirby Jackson forced and recovered a fumble from running back Steve Sewell.

Broncos receiver Vance Johnson finished the game with 8 receptions for 104 yards. Kubiak completed 11 of 12 passes for 136 yards and rushed for 22.

Scoring BUF – Bailey 11 interception return (Norwood kick) BUF 7–0 BUF – field goal Norwood 44 BUF 10–0 DEN – Kubiak 3 run (Treadwell kick) BUF 10–7

Awards and records



External links

  • Broncos on Pro Football Reference
  • Broncos Schedule on

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