Videos: Five Broncos playoffs defeats more vomit-inducing than loss to Ravens

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Number 3: Super Bowl XXI, January 25, 1987 -- New York Giants 39, Broncos 20

John Elway's first Super Bowl appearance started out in relatively Super fashion. Despite the Giants being favored (New York went 14-2 during the season and had held opponents to just three points in two playoff wins, while the Broncos finished 11-5 and needed "The Drive" to make it to the championship), Denver actually led at halftime, albeit by just 10-9.

In the second half, however, the Giants put up 26 consecutive points thanks to an off-the-charts performance by current commentator Phil Simms, who completed 22 of 25 passes -- a postseason percentage record that stood for more than two decades.

The rout that resulted was plenty bad. But the Giants were great and Elway was young, so fans figured he'd do better when given another chance. They'd be wrong -- twice.

Continue counting down the five Broncos playoffs defeats more vomit-inducing than the loss to the Ravens.


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Emily Rose Adams
Emily Rose Adams

I was at this game and it was by far the worst! Next would be AFC Championship when Plummet threw 4 interceptions in ONE game against the Stealers at HOME! Grrrr! This game was sabotaged entirely by terrible officiating! Hands down the worst!!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Didn't a reader mention something about Manning's inability to play in the cold ? We should've listened to that sporting genius ! He KNEW what he was writing about & gave WW readers FREE, valuable,  gambling information . Did ANYONE listen ?....

teknoscribe
teknoscribe

Ah, those Bronco games in the late 80s ... some of us can remember the snow reports, and the powder days that happened to coincide with the Donkeys tanking' it. One year, I think it must been the '88 game, Breck had more than two feet that day, and everybody stayed in to watch a game that started at 5 PM. I hit the sickest tree lines on the north face of Peak 9 that day. Stuff you can only do if there's a ton of snow. A quick cross-reference of the snow reports from those three days tells a fun story ... and explains why we used to pray for the Broncos to win, then lose.  

Grambling
Grambling

Hahahaha, right, the Broncos "laid down" for the Redskins.  Sanders and Clark burned your DBs in that record-setting quarter because they were better, faster, more talented, and smarter.  And the counter trey was only the most well known and publicized running play since Lombardi's sweep.  You knew it was coming, but just couldn't stop it, making rookie Timmy Smith a Super Bowl record-setter.  Laid down, hahahaha, good one!  Outplayed, plain and simple.

John Tenorio
John Tenorio

Has to be this one... even worse than the Jacksonville loss..

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

That was the 2nd worst, ( non-Super Bowl ), postseason loss in franchise history PERIOD, behind ONLY Michael Dean Perry NOT getting his ASS off the field against the Jags !

I will NOT argue the NFL w/ ANYONE from a 'Cultural' publication ! It's absolutely pointless !

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