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10-4-1, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.1, Offense: 3.2, Defense: 0.9, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 379 points (25.3/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 288 points (19.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of 91 points (6.1/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-5.1.

Coach: Dan Reeves (10-4-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shanahan
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier
 Other Notable Asst.: Chan Gailey (Tight Ends/Receivers) and Mike Nolan (Special Teams/Linebackers)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colorado)

Team Info

Owner/Chairman/CEO Pat Bowlen
General Manager John Beake
Offensive Scheme Smashmouth
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 379 5624 1070 5.3 36 17 26 331 285 530 3654 24 19 6.5 173 510 1970 18 3.9 132
Team Defense 288 4813 941 5.1 47 19 26 277 261 456 2796 15 28 5.7 148 454 2017 16 4.4 103
Lg Rank Offense 4 2 16 14 2 2 3 9 15 4 7 12 3 20
Lg Rank Defense 7 9 3 8 8 6 5 3 2 9 11 20 20 26

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 Seattle Seahawks 40 17 25 504 338 166 2 15 277 169 108 5
2 Sun September 20 boxscore T OT 1-0-1 @ Green Bay Packers 17 17 29 478 281 197 6 14 234 100 134 1
3 Sun October 4 boxscore L 1-1-1 Houston Oilers 10 40 14 220 182 38 3 20 414 260 154 2
4 Mon October 12 boxscore W 2-1-1 Los Angeles Raiders 30 14 24 346 142 204 2 16 270 168 102 5
5 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-1-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 26 17 23 373 275 98 4 16 247 125 122 3
6 Mon October 26 boxscore L 3-2-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 27 34 21 329 206 123 1 27 393 196 197 5
7 Sun November 1 boxscore W 4-2-1 Detroit Lions 34 0 28 460 248 212 1 14 191 128 63 2
8 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-3-1 @ Buffalo Bills 14 21 12 215 139 76 2 25 428 170 258 3
9 Mon November 16 boxscore W 5-3-1 Chicago Bears 31 29 26 439 341 98 2 24 446 300 146 2
10 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-3-1 @ Los Angeles Raiders 23 17 20 403 276 127 1 17 271 122 149 1
11 Sun November 29 boxscore W 7-3-1 @ San Diego Chargers 31 17 31 522 347 175 1 18 378 312 66 2
12 Sun December 6 boxscore W 8-3-1 New England Patriots 31 20 21 371 259 112 3 20 369 158 211 6
13 Sun December 13 boxscore L 8-4-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 21 28 20 380 308 72 2 24 367 226 141 4
14 Sat December 19 boxscore W 9-4-1 Kansas City Chiefs 20 17 22 369 226 143 2 20 377 254 123 1
15 Sun December 27 boxscore W 10-4-1 San Diego Chargers 24 0 15 215 86 129 4 7 151 108 43 5
Playoffs
Division Sun January 10 boxscore W 11-4-1 Houston Oilers 34 10 19 316 255 61 1 20 337 264 73 3
ConfChamp Sun January 17 boxscore W 12-4-1 Cleveland Browns 38 33 24 412 256 156 1 25 464 336 128 4
SuperBowl Sun January 31 boxscore L 12-5-1 N Washington Redskins 10 42 18 327 230 97 3 25 602 322 280 1

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 8-3-1 224 410 54.6 3198 19 4.6 12 2.9 72 7.8 7.4 14.3 266.5 83.4 20 138 7.12 6.74 4.7 3 3
12 Ken Karcher 24 qb 3 3 2-1-0 56 102 54.9 628 5 4.9 4 3.9 49 6.2 5.4 11.2 209.3 73.5 5 45 5.45 4.70 4.7
8 Gary Kubiak 26 12 0 3 7 42.9 25 0 0.0 2 28.6 17 3.6 -9.3 8.3 2.1 13.1 2 14 1.22 -8.78 22.2
14 Dean May 25 3 0 0 5 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 20.0 0 0.0 -9.0 0.0 0.0 1 7 -1.17 -8.67 16.7
16 Monte McGuire 23 2 0 2 3 66.7 23 0 0.0 0 0.0 13 7.7 7.7 11.5 11.5 89.6 0 0 7.67 7.67 0.0
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
33 Gene Lang 25 FB 12 6 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 7 -3.50 -3.50 50.0
47 Gerald Willhite 28 rb 3 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
30 Steve Sewell 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 9 -9.00 -9.00 100.0
Team Total 25.6 15 10-4-1 285 530 53.8 3874 24 4.5 19 3.6 72 7.3 6.6 13.6 258.3 77.5 30 220 6.53 5.86 5.4 3 3
Opp Total 15 261 456 57.2 3040 15 3.3 28 6.1 6.7 4.56 11.6 202.7 62.9 31 244 5.7 3.8 6.4

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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
23 Sammy Winder 28 RB 12 10 196 741 6 19 3.8 61.8 16.3 14 74 5.3 1 13 1.2 6.2 815 7 5
33 Gene Lang 25 FB 12 6 89 303 2 28 3.4 25.3 7.4 17 130 7.6 2 29 1.4 10.8 433 4 0
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 66 304 4 29 4.6 25.3 5.5 304 4 2
32 Joe Dudek 23 rb 2 2 35 154 2 16 4.4 77.0 17.5 7 41 5.9 0 19 3.5 20.5 195 2 4
34 Nathan Poole 31 2 0 28 126 1 15 4.5 63.0 14.0 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.5 4.5 135 1 0
47 Gerald Willhite 28 rb 3 1 26 141 0 29 5.4 47.0 8.7 9 25 2.8 0 6 3.0 8.3 166 0 1
30 Steve Sewell 24 7 0 19 83 2 17 4.4 11.9 2.7 13 209 16.1 1 72 1.9 29.9 292 3 1
28 Scott Caldwell 24 rb 3 1 16 53 0 7 3.3 17.7 5.3 4 34 8.5 0 14 1.3 11.3 87 0 0
35 Ken Bell 23 KR 12 1 13 43 0 11 3.3 3.6 1.1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 51 0 2
12 Ken Karcher 24 qb 3 3 9 3 0 8 0.3 1.0 3.0 3 0 2
46 Bobby Micho 25 te 15 3 4 8 0 5 2.0 0.5 0.3 25 242 9.7 2 26 1.7 16.1 250 2 1
24 Tony Boddie 27 5 0 3 7 1 4 2.3 1.4 0.6 9 85 9.4 0 26 1.8 17.0 92 1 0
84 Ricky Nattiel 21 wr 12 3 2 13 0 10 6.5 1.1 0.2 31 630 20.3 2 54 2.6 52.5 643 2 2
14 Dean May 25 3 0 2 -4 0 -2 -2.0 -1.3 0.7 -4 0 0
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 1 -8 0 -8 -8.0 -0.7 0.1 42 684 16.3 7 59 3.8 62.2 676 7 1
8 Gary Kubiak 26 12 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.3 0.1 3 0 0
88 Clarence Kay 26 TE 12 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 31 440 14.2 0 30 2.6 36.7 440 0 3
80 Mark Jackson 24 WR 12 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 436 16.8 2 52 2.2 36.3 436 2 0
89 Orson Mobley 24 te 10 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 228 14.3 1 28 1.6 22.8 228 1 1
83 Rick Massie 27 wr 9 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 244 18.8 4 39 1.4 27.1 244 4 0
81 Steve Watson 30 wr 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 167 15.2 1 49 2.2 33.4 167 1 0
80 Shane Swanson 25 wr 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 87 14.5 1 35 2.0 29.0 87 1 1
86 Mitch Andrews 23 te 8 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 53 13.3 0 20 0.5 6.6 53 0 0
82 Laron Brown 24 wr 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 40 10.0 0 18 1.3 13.3 40 0 0
88 Russell Payne 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 1.0 8.0 8 0 0
Team Total 25.6 15 510 1970 18 29 3.9 131.3 34.0 285 3874 13.6 24 72 19.0 258.3 5844 42 29
Opp Total 15 454 2017 16 4.4 134.5 30.3 261 2796 10.7 15 17.4 186.4 4813 31 35

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
27 Kevin Clark 23 PR 11 3 18 233 1 71 12.9 2 33 0 25 16.5 266
80 Shane Swanson 25 wr 3 2 9 132 0 33 14.7 9 234 0 50 26.0 453
84 Ricky Nattiel 21 wr 12 3 12 73 0 14 6.1 4 78 0 25 19.5 794
35 Ken Bell 23 KR 12 1 15 323 0 42 21.5 374
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 1 9 0 9 9.0 7 140 0 34 20.0 825
33 Gene Lang 25 FB 12 6 4 78 0 25 19.5 511
47 Gerald Willhite 28 rb 3 1 4 22 0 9 5.5 188
82 Laron Brown 24 wr 3 1 3 57 0 28 19.0 97
31 Mike Harden 28 RCB 12 12 2 11 0 7 5.5 11
22 Tony Lilly 25 FS 13 9 2 6 0 4 3.0 6
50 Jim Ryan 30 ROLB 14 14 2 9 0 9 4.5 9
Team Total 25.6 15 48 486 1 71 10.1 46 952 0 50 20.7 7282
Opp Total 15 34 424 2 12.5 61 1168 0 19.1

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
3 Rich Karlis 28 K 12 0 9 9 6 4 7 4 3 1 25 18 72.0% 37 37 100.0%
2 Mike Horan 28 P 12 0 44 1807 61 2 41.1
6 Ralph Giacomarro 26 p 3 0 18 757 50 0 42.1
15 Mike Clendenen 24 k 3 0 1 1 2 2 1 4 3 75.0% 7 7 100.0%
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 1 31 31 0 31.0
Team Total 25.6 15 10 10 8 6 8 4 3 1 29 21 72.4% 44 44 100.0% 63 2595 61 2 41.2
Opp Total 15 21 14 66.7% 35 32 91.4% 75 3157 42.1

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
77 Karl Mecklenburg* 27 LILB 12 12 7.0 3 23 0 16 0 2 0 1 0 0 97 0
71 Greg Kragen 25 NT 12 9 2.0 0 0 1 0 0 78 0
73 Simon Fletcher 25 LOLB 12 12 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 70 0
49 Dennis Smith 28 SS 6 6 2 21 0 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 35 0
56 Michael Brooks 23 12 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 8 0
50 Jim Ryan 30 ROLB 14 14 1.5 3 7 0 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
75 Rulon Jones 29 RDE 12 12 7.0
23 Sammy Winder 28 RB 12 10 0 5 2 0 0
27 Kevin Clark 23 PR 11 3 3 105 0 50 0 0 1 1 0 0
32 Joe Dudek 23 rb 2 2 0 4 1 0 0
31 Mike Harden 28 RCB 12 12 4 85 0 32 0 0 0 1 14 0
12 Ken Karcher 24 qb 3 3 0 2 3 -11 0
36 Mark Haynes 29 LCB 12 12 3 39 1 25 0 0 0 1 24 0
22 Tony Lilly 25 FS 13 9 3 29 0 24 0 0 0 1 0 0
58 Tim Lucas 26 lb 11 3 2.0 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
48 Randy Robbins 25 db 10 4 1.0 3 9 0 9 0
35 Ken Bell 23 KR 12 1 0 2 1 0 0
98 Ricky Hunley 26 RILB 12 12 1.0 2 64 1 52 0
88 Clarence Kay 26 TE 12 12 0 3 0 0 0
84 Ricky Nattiel 21 wr 12 3 0 2 1 0 0
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 0 2 0 -1 0
45 Leonard Jones 23 db 2 1 0 0 2 24 0
51 Marc Munford 22 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
91 Jeff Tupper 25 de 4 3 1.5
67 John Ayers 34 rg 9 5 0 0 1 0 0
24 Tony Boddie 27 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Bill Bryan 32 c 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
55 Rick Dennison 29 12 0 1 10 0 10 0
90 Freddie Gilbert 25 de 7 3 0 0 1 0 0
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 0 1 0 0 0
68 Larry Lee 28 c 9 5 0 0 1 0 0
46 Bobby Micho 25 te 15 3 0 1 0 0 0
89 Orson Mobley 24 te 10 6 0 1 0 0 0
71 Jack Peavey 24 c 3 1 0 1 0 -16 0
30 Steve Sewell 24 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
80 Shane Swanson 25 wr 3 2 0 1 0 0 0
61 Andre Townsend 25 LDE 12 11 1.0
47 Gerald Willhite 28 rb 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
45 Steve Wilson 30 rcb 11 5 1.0
55 Bryant Winn 26 lb 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
65 Walt Bowyer 27 de 15 3 0.5
99 Ray Woodard 26 de 3 1 0.5
Team Total 25.6 15 31.0 28 403 2 52 0 3 29 31 34 0 288 0 1
Opp Total 15 30 35 16 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 Rich Karlis 28 K 12 0 37 18 91
82 Vance Johnson 24 WR 11 9 7 7 42
23 Sammy Winder 28 RB 12 10 6 1 7 42
7 John Elway* 27 QB 12 12 4 4 24
33 Gene Lang 25 FB 12 6 2 2 4 24
83 Rick Massie 27 wr 9 4 4 4 24
30 Steve Sewell 24 7 0 2 1 3 18
15 Mike Clendenen 24 k 3 0 7 3 16
32 Joe Dudek 23 rb 2 2 2 2 12
80 Mark Jackson 24 WR 12 9 2 2 12
46 Bobby Micho 25 te 15 3 2 2 12
84 Ricky Nattiel 21 wr 12 3 2 2 12
24 Tony Boddie 27 5 0 1 1 6
27 Kevin Clark 23 PR 11 3 1 1 6
36 Mark Haynes 29 LCB 12 12 1 1 6
98 Ricky Hunley 26 RILB 12 12 1 1 6
89 Orson Mobley 24 te 10 6 1 1 6
34 Nathan Poole 31 2 0 1 1 6
80 Shane Swanson 25 wr 3 2 1 1 6
81 Steve Watson 30 wr 5 1 1 1 6
50 Jim Ryan 30 ROLB 14 14 1 2
Team Total 25.6 15 18 24 1 2 45 44 21 1 379
Opp Total 15 16 15 2 2 32 14 2 288