Videos: Five Broncos playoffs defeats more vomit-inducing than loss to Ravens
Number 4: NFL playoffs, January 4, 1997 -- Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Broncos 27
This is the moment in the Broncos' past most like the one all of us suffered through this past weekend. Denver had been on a steady rise since the hiring of Mike Shanahan as head coach largely due to the emergence of Terrell Davis, a relatively unheralded running back from Georgia who gave the offense a thrilling new dimension. In 1996, the combination of T.D. and veteran John Elway resulted in a 13-3 record and the top seed in the playoffs (sound familiar?). Better yet, the Broncos' first playoff game was against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a young, untested franchise (season record: 9-7) that seemed certain to be nothing more than a speed bump over which they'd fly.
Didn't turn out that way. After jumping to a 12-0 lead, Denver allowed the Jags thirteen consecutive points and went into halftime trailing. Then, the Broncos stunk it up during the third quarter, putting up a goose egg in comparison with another ten Jacksonville points. A comeback attempt followed, but it fell short: The Jaguars won by three.
This excruciating and unforgivable failure fueled the Broncos' hunger for redemption -- and they won the next two Super Bowls. This memory is the slender reed to which many longtime fans are currently clinging.
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