Videos: Five Broncos playoffs defeats more vomit-inducing than loss to Ravens
The Broncos' loss to the Ravens on Saturday was agonizing, and not just because we (like pretty much everyone else) inaccurately predicted an easy Denver win. But let's put things in perspective, shall we? In our opinion, there have been five Broncos playoff defeats that were even worse. Make yourself feel at least a little better by counting down our picks, complete with videos that will bring it all back -- hopefully not including your breakfast.
Number 5: Super Bowl XII -- Dallas Cowboys 27, Broncos 10
In 1977, the perennially underachieving Broncos suddenly became the year's most unlikely success story under first-year head coach Red Miller. The team notched a 12-2 record (this was back in the days when the regular season was fourteen games long) thanks largely to a stout defense nicknamed the "Orange Crush" and steady quarterback play by Craig Morton, a former member of the Cowboys nearing the end of his career.
But against Dallas, the miracle turned mediocre. The Broncos committed a staggering eight turnovers en route to a 27-10 clobbering that wasn't as close as the score indicated.
Watching Cinderella get mugged -- and knowing that the entire country was doing likewise -- hurt like hell. Yet because of the shockingly great campaign that preceded the game, the pain was less severe than after the contests that followed.
Continue counting down the five Broncos playoffs defeats more vomit-inducing than the loss to the Ravens.