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1977 Denver Broncos

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12-2-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.3, Offense: 1.9, Defense: 9.4, SoS: 2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 274 points (19.6/g), 10th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 148 points (10.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 126 points (9.0/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 11.4-2.6.

Coach: Red Miller (12-2-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman of the Board of Directors Gerald Phipps
Partial Owner/President Allan Phipps
VP/General Manager Fred Gehrke
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 274 3906 886 4.4 27 15 15 223 163 313 1863 15 12 5.1 107 523 2043 16 3.9 101
Team Defense 148 3775 931 4.1 39 14 17 217 235 426 2244 11 25 4.9 123 470 1531 5 3.3 77
Lg Rank Offense 10 17 5 14 19 22 18 12 3 15 11 11 9 12
Lg Rank Defense 3 9 9 15 10 28 25 7 6 8 7 1 1 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 18 boxscore W 1-0 St. Louis Cardinals 7 0 15 258 122 136 4 12 273 204 69 1
2 Sun September 25 boxscore W 2-0 Buffalo Bills 26 6 17 296 93 203 2 8 129 63 66 3
3 Sun October 2 boxscore W 3-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 13 19 330 177 153 2 19 272 191 81 3
4 Sun October 9 boxscore W 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs 23 7 16 312 188 124 2 14 166 80 86 6
5 Sun October 16 boxscore W 5-0 @ Oakland Raiders 30 7 8 200 98 102 21 326 239 87 8
6 Sun October 23 boxscore W 6-0 @ Cincinnati Bengals 24 13 16 335 155 180 14 336 159 177 3
7 Sun October 30 boxscore L 6-1 Oakland Raiders 14 24 19 278 180 98 3 17 270 70 200
8 Sun November 6 boxscore W 7-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 21 7 12 174 75 99 19 216 97 119 2
9 Sun November 13 boxscore W 8-1 @ San Diego Chargers 17 14 14 222 120 102 3 13 320 192 128 2
10 Sun November 20 boxscore W 9-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 7 21 376 127 249 3 14 300 160 140 2
11 Sun November 27 boxscore W 10-1 Baltimore Colts 27 13 11 317 143 174 2 23 330 240 90 3
12 Sun December 4 boxscore W 11-1 @ Houston Oilers 24 14 23 332 163 169 2 11 251 139 112 1
13 Sun December 11 boxscore W 12-1 San Diego Chargers 17 9 20 298 142 156 3 17 324 260 64 3
14 Sun December 18 boxscore L 12-2 @ Dallas Cowboys 6 14 12 178 80 98 1 15 262 150 112 2
Playoffs
Division Sat December 24 boxscore W 13-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 21 15 258 155 103 1 18 304 177 127 4
ConfChamp Sun January 1 boxscore W 14-2 Oakland Raiders 20 17 16 308 217 91 1 20 298 204 94 3
SuperBowl Sun January 15 boxscore L 14-3 N Dallas Cowboys 10 27 11 156 35 121 8 17 325 182 143 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
7 Craig Morton 34 QB 14 14 12-2-0 131 254 51.6% 1929 14 5.5 8 3.1 81 7.6 7.3 14.7 137.8 82.0 43 338 5.36 5.09 14.5 2 4
12 Craig Penrose 24 8 0 21 39 53.8% 217 0 0.0 4 10.3 35 5.6 0.9 10.3 27.1 30.6 5 49 3.82 -0.27 11.4
14 Norris Weese 26 14 0 11 20 55.0% 119 1 5.0 0 0.0 31 6.0 7.0 10.8 8.5 89.4 2 15 4.73 5.64 9.1
Team Total 26.5 14 12-2-0 163 313 52.1% 2265 15 4.8 12 3.8 81 7.2 6.5 13.9 161.8 75.6 50 402 5.13 4.47 13.8 2 4
Opp Total 14 235 426 55.2% 2556 11 2.6 25 5.9 6.0 3.88 10.9 182.6 57.2 35 312 4.9 2.9 7.6

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
24 Otis Armstrong 27 RB 10 10 130 489 4 35 3.8 48.9 13.0 18 128 7.1 0 20 1.8 12.8 617 4 2
35 Lonnie Perrin 25 fb 14 5 110 456 3 62 4.1 32.6 7.9 6 106 17.7 1 41 0.4 7.6 562 4 2
41 Rob Lytle 23 rb 14 4 104 408 1 21 3.9 29.1 7.4 17 198 11.6 1 47 1.2 14.1 606 2 2
32 Jon Keyworth 27 FB 11 9 83 311 1 16 3.7 28.3 7.5 11 48 4.4 0 14 1.0 4.4 359 1 2
30 Jim Jensen 24 11 0 40 143 1 12 3.6 13.0 3.6 4 63 15.8 0 34 0.4 5.7 206 1 1
7 Craig Morton 34 QB 14 14 31 125 4 15 4.0 8.9 2.2 125 4 7
14 Norris Weese 26 14 0 11 56 1 21 5.1 4.0 0.8 56 1 0
25 Haven Moses 31 WR 14 14 5 -1 0 8 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 27 539 20.0 4 35 1.9 38.5 538 4 1
12 Craig Penrose 24 8 0 4 24 0 17 6.0 3.0 0.5 24 0 0
82 Jack Dolbin 29 WR 14 13 2 12 0 14 6.0 0.9 0.1 26 443 17.0 3 81 1.9 31.6 455 3 0
80 Rick Upchurch 25 KR/PR 14 1 1 19 1 19 19.0 1.4 0.1 12 245 20.4 2 45 0.9 17.5 264 3 6
33 Jim Kiick 31 3 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.3 0.3 2 14 7.0 0 11 0.7 4.7 15 0 0
10 Bucky Dilts 24 P 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
88 Riley Odoms 27 TE 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 429 11.6 3 33 2.6 30.6 429 3 1
85 Ron Egloff 22 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 27 13.5 0 20 0.2 2.1 27 0 0
15 Jim Turner 36 K 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 25 25.0 1 25 0.1 1.8 25 1 0
Team Total 26.5 14 523 2043 16 62 3.9 145.9 37.4 163 2265 13.9 15 81 11.6 161.8 4308 31 28
Opp Total 14 470 1531 5 3.3 109.4 33.6 235 2244 9.5 11 16.8 160.3 3775 16 28

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
80 Rick Upchurch 25 KR/PR 14 1 51 653 1 87 12.8 20 456 0 52 22.8 1373
23 Chris Pane 24 db 11 1 6 48 0 14 8.0 1 16 0 16 16.0 64
86 John Schultz 24 14 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 6 135 0 33 22.5 146
35 Lonnie Perrin 25 fb 14 5 3 72 0 32 24.0 634
63 John Grant 27 14 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
65 Glenn Hyde 26 14 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
32 Jon Keyworth 27 FB 11 9 1 15 0 15 15.0 374
58 Rob Nairne 23 13 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 1
82 Jack Dolbin 29 WR 14 13 0 14 0 14 469
Team Total 26.5 14 58 712 1 87 12.3 34 732 0 52 21.5 5752
Opp Total 14 55 397 0 7.2 50 1084 0 21.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
10 Bucky Dilts 24 P 14 0 90 3525 63 0 39.2
15 Jim Turner 36 K 14 0 4 3 10 7 5 3 19 13 68.4%% 34 31 91.2%%
14 Norris Weese 26 14 0 1 38 38 0 38.0
Team Total 26.5 14 4 3 10 7 5 3 19 13 68.4%% 34 31 91.2%% 91 3563 63 0 39.2
Opp Total 14 22 8 36.4%% 18 16 88.9%% 95 3867 40.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
7 Craig Morton 34 QB 14 14 0 7 3 -18 0
53 Randy Gradishar*+ 25 RILB 14 14 3 56 0 28 0 0 1 4 33 0
36 Bill Thompson*+ 31 SS 14 14 5 122 0 38 0 0 0 3 16 0
80 Rick Upchurch 25 KR/PR 14 1 0 6 2 0 0
57 Tom Jackson*+ 26 ROLB 13 13 4 95 1 73 0 0 1 0 0 0
59 Joe Rizzo 27 LILB 13 12 3 49 0 38 0 0 0 1 0 0
77 Lyle Alzado*+ 28 RDE 14 14 0 0 3 1 0
56 Larry Evans 24 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 Steve Foley 24 RCB 13 13 3 22 0 22 0
25 Haven Moses 31 WR 14 14 0 1 2 0 0
20 Louis Wright* 24 LCB 14 14 3 128 1 59 0
24 Otis Armstrong 27 RB 10 10 0 2 0 0 0
32 Jon Keyworth 27 FB 11 9 0 2 0 0 0
41 Rob Lytle 23 rb 14 4 0 2 0 0 0
35 Lonnie Perrin 25 fb 14 5 0 2 0 0 0
70 Paul Smith 32 dt 12 2 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 1 18 0
10 Bucky Dilts 24 P 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Ron Egloff 22 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Tom Glassic 23 LG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
63 John Grant 27 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
60 Paul Howard 27 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
29 Bernard Jackson 27 FS 14 13 1 13 0 13 0
30 Jim Jensen 24 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Bobby Maples 35 14 0 0 1 0 -17 0
88 Riley Odoms 27 TE 14 14 0 1 0 0 0
23 Chris Pane 24 db 11 1 0 1 0 0 0
51 Bob Swenson 24 LOLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 14 25 491 2 73 0 0 28 26 33 0
Opp Total 14 50 28 14

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
15 Jim Turner 36 K 14 0 1 1 31 13 76
24 Otis Armstrong 27 RB 10 10 4 4 24
7 Craig Morton 34 QB 14 14 4 4 24
25 Haven Moses 31 WR 14 14 4 4 24
35 Lonnie Perrin 25 fb 14 5 3 1 4 24
80 Rick Upchurch 25 KR/PR 14 1 1 2 1 4 24
82 Jack Dolbin 29 WR 14 13 3 3 18
88 Riley Odoms 27 TE 14 14 3 3 18
41 Rob Lytle 23 rb 14 4 1 1 2 12
57 Tom Jackson*+ 26 ROLB 13 13 1 1 6
30 Jim Jensen 24 11 0 1 1 6
32 Jon Keyworth 27 FB 11 9 1 1 6
14 Norris Weese 26 14 0 1 1 6
20 Louis Wright* 24 LCB 14 14 1 1 6
Team Total 26.5 14 16 15 1 2 34 31 13 274
Opp Total 14 5 11 2 16 8 148

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-18 STL W, 7-0 3 10 rush Otis Armstrong 10 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
2 1977-09-25 BUF W, 26-6 2 5 rush Craig Morton 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
3 1977-09-25 BUF W, 26-6 3 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush
4 1977-09-25 BUF W, 26-6 3 1 pass Riley Odoms 1 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
5 1977-10-02 @ SEA W, 24-13 1 1 rush Lonnie Perrin 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
6 1977-10-02 @ SEA W, 24-13 3 47 pass Rob Lytle 47 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
7 1977-10-02 @ SEA W, 24-13 3 1 rush Craig Morton 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
8 1977-10-09 KAN W, 23-7 1 7 rush Craig Morton 7 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
9 1977-10-09 KAN W, 23-7 3 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
10 1977-10-16 @ OAK W, 30-7 1 10 pass Riley Odoms 10 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
11 1977-10-16 @ OAK W, 30-7 2 16 rush Lonnie Perrin 16 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
12 1977-10-16 @ OAK W, 30-7 2 25 pass Jim Turner 25 yard pass from Norris Weese (Jim Turner kick)
13 1977-10-16 @ OAK W, 30-7 3 18 interception Louis Wright 18 yard interception return
14 1977-10-23 @ CIN W, 24-13 1 9 rush Jon Keyworth 9 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
15 1977-10-23 @ CIN W, 24-13 2 81 pass Jack Dolbin 81 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
16 1977-10-23 @ CIN W, 24-13 4 1 rush Jim Jensen 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
17 1977-10-30 OAK L, 14-24 4 11 pass Jack Dolbin 11 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
18 1977-10-30 OAK L, 14-24 4 7 rush Otis Armstrong 7 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
19 1977-11-06 PIT W, 21-7 1 1 rush Rob Lytle 1 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
20 1977-11-06 PIT W, 21-7 1 87 punt Rick Upchurch 87 yard punt return (Jim Turner kick)
21 1977-11-06 PIT W, 21-7 2 20 pass Haven Moses 20 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
22 1977-11-13 @ SDG W, 17-14 3 33 pass Haven Moses 33 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
23 1977-11-13 @ SDG W, 17-14 4 8 pass Haven Moses 8 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
24 1977-11-20 @ KAN W, 14-7 2 2 rush Lonnie Perrin 2 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
25 1977-11-20 @ KAN W, 14-7 4 23 pass Haven Moses 23 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
26 1977-11-27 BAL W, 27-13 1 41 pass Rick Upchurch 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
27 1977-11-27 BAL W, 27-13 2 19 pass Jack Dolbin 19 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
28 1977-11-27 BAL W, 27-13 4 73 interception Tom Jackson 73 yard interception return (Jim Turner kick)
29 1977-11-27 BAL W, 27-13 4 6 rush Craig Morton 6 yard rush
30 1977-12-04 @ HOU W, 24-14 2 13 pass Riley Odoms 13 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
31 1977-12-04 @ HOU W, 24-14 2 13 pass Rick Upchurch 13 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
32 1977-12-04 @ HOU W, 24-14 4 5 rush Norris Weese 5 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
33 1977-12-11 SDG W, 17-9 1 41 pass Lonnie Perrin 41 yard pass from Craig Morton (Jim Turner kick)
34 1977-12-11 SDG W, 17-9 4 19 rush Rick Upchurch 19 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1977-09-25 BUF L, 6-26 2 22 fumble Bo Cornell 22 yard fumble return
2 1977-10-02 @ SEA L, 13-24 1 7 pass Ron Howard 7 yard pass from Steve Myer (John Leypoldt kick)
3 1977-10-02 @ SEA L, 13-24 3 43 pass Steve Largent 43 yard pass from David Sims
4 1977-10-09 KAN L, 7-23 4 2 rush Ed Podolak 2 yard rush (Jan Stenerud kick)
5 1977-10-16 @ OAK L, 7-30 1 9 pass Dave Casper 9 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
6 1977-10-23 @ CIN L, 13-24 1 1 rush Pete Johnson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
7 1977-10-30 OAK W, 24-14 1 21 pass Cliff Branch 21 yard pass from Ken Stabler (Errol Mann kick)
8 1977-10-30 OAK W, 24-14 2 8 rush Clarence Davis 8 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
9 1977-10-30 OAK W, 24-14 3 1 rush Mark van Eeghen 1 yard rush (Errol Mann kick)
10 1977-11-06 PIT L, 7-21 4 4 pass John Stallworth 4 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
11 1977-11-13 @ SDG L, 14-17 1 11 fumble Fred Dean 11 yard fumble return (Rolf Benirschke kick)
12 1977-11-13 @ SDG L, 14-17 2 32 pass Charlie Joiner 32 yard pass from Joe Washington (Rolf Benirschke kick)
13 1977-11-20 @ KAN L, 7-14 2 15 pass Henry Marshall 15 yard pass from Mike Livingston (Jan Stenerud kick)
14 1977-11-27 BAL L, 13-27 3 15 pass Lydell Mitchell 15 yard pass from Bert Jones (Toni Linhart kick)
15 1977-12-04 @ HOU L, 14-24 2 2 rush Ronnie Coleman 2 yard rush (Toni Fritsch kick)
16 1977-12-04 @ HOU L, 14-24 3 29 pass Ken Burrough 29 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Toni Fritsch kick)
17 1977-12-18 @ DAL W, 14-6 1 22 pass Preston Pearson 22 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)
18 1977-12-18 @ DAL W, 14-6 3 7 pass Robert Newhouse 7 yard pass from Roger Staubach (Efren Herrera kick)