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1989 Denver Broncos

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1989 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 9.3, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 5.7, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 362 points (22.6/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 226 points (14.1/g), 1st.
 Differential of 136 points (8.5/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.1-3.9.

Coach: Dan Reeves (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey
 Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips
 Other Notable Asst.: 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
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 362 5093 1071 4.8 32 12 20 308 256 474 3001 21 20 5.8 163 554 2092 15 3.8 125
Team Defense 226 4407 977 4.5 43 22 14 246 268 504 2827 13 21 5.1 142 426 1580 10 3.7 90
Lg Rank Offense 8 15 9 5 12 22 23 12 15 16 3 6 10 18
Lg Rank Defense 1 3 2 2 1 11 3 1 9 3 6 6 7 7

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 10 boxscore W 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 34 20 14 250 150 100 2 14 287 242 45 4
2 Mon September 18 boxscore W 2-0 @ Buffalo Bills 28 14 26 382 181 201 2 28 413 319 94 4
3 Sun September 24 boxscore W 3-0 Los Angeles Raiders 31 21 18 283 113 170 3 15 360 270 90 6
4 Sun October 1 boxscore L 3-1 @ Cleveland Browns 13 16 10 241 161 80 3 16 296 201 95 1
5 Sun October 8 boxscore W 4-1 San Diego Chargers 16 10 24 335 179 156 1 12 211 93 118 2
6 Sun October 15 boxscore W 5-1 Indianapolis Colts 14 3 20 319 150 169 2 7 128 84 44 1
7 Sun October 22 boxscore W OT 6-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 21 15 371 316 55 1 23 363 224 139 4
8 Sun October 29 boxscore L 6-2 Philadelphia Eagles 24 28 22 320 216 104 6 17 313 98 215 2
9 Sun November 5 boxscore W 7-2 Pittsburgh Steelers 34 7 22 414 261 153 2 7 170 77 93 1
10 Sun November 12 boxscore W 8-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 16 13 12 213 112 101 1 20 312 171 141 2
11 Mon November 20 boxscore W 9-2 @ Washington Redskins 14 10 19 232 106 126 2 14 223 146 77 2
12 Sun November 26 boxscore W 10-2 Seattle Seahawks 41 14 18 353 216 137 21 325 192 133 4
13 Sun December 3 boxscore L OT 10-3 @ Los Angeles Raiders 13 16 26 332 176 156 2 11 257 178 79 1
14 Sun December 10 boxscore L 10-4 New York Giants 7 14 18 367 284 83 16 261 148 113
15 Sat December 16 boxscore W 11-4 @ Phoenix Cardinals 37 0 28 475 271 204 2 7 101 79 22 3
16 Sun December 24 boxscore L 11-5 @ San Diego Chargers 16 19 16 206 109 97 3 18 387 305 82 6
Playoffs
Division Sun January 7 boxscore W 12-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 24 23 19 364 226 138 1 19 404 229 175 2
ConfChamp Sun January 14 boxscore W 13-5 Cleveland Browns 37 21 22 497 377 120 2 14 256 190 66 3
SuperBowl Sun January 28 boxscore L 13-6 N San Francisco 49ers 10 55 12 167 103 64 4 28 461 317 144

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 John Elway* 29 QB 15 15 10-5-0 223 416 53.6% 3051 18 4.3 18 4.3 69 7.3 6.3 13.7 203.4 73.7 35 298 6.10 5.11 7.8 3 3
8 Gary Kubiak 28 qb 16 1 1-0-0 32 55 58.2% 284 2 3.6 2 3.6 22 5.2 4.3 8.9 17.8 69.1 8 53 3.67 2.87 12.7
26 Bobby Humphrey 23 RB 16 12 1 2 50.0% 17 1 50.0 0 0.0 17 8.5 18.5 17.0 1.1 118.7 0 0 8.50 18.50 0.0
82 Vance Johnson 26 WR 16 16 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
Team Total 26.1 16 11-5-0 256 474 54.0% 3352 21 4.4 20 4.2 69 7.1 6.1 13.1 209.5 73.7 43 351 5.80 4.88 8.3 3 3
Opp Total 16 268 504 53.2% 3201 13 2.6 21 4.2 6.4 4.99 11.9 200.1 64.1 47 374 5.1 3.9 8.5

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
26 Bobby Humphrey 23 RB 16 12 294 1151 7 40 3.9 71.9 18.4 22 156 7.1 1 13 1.4 9.8 1307 8 4
23 Sammy Winder 30 rb 16 2 110 351 2 16 3.2 21.9 6.9 14 91 6.5 0 19 0.9 5.7 442 2 1
7 John Elway* 29 QB 15 15 48 244 3 31 5.1 16.3 3.2 244 3 9
40 Jeff Alexander 24 FB 14 6 45 146 2 11 3.2 10.4 3.2 8 84 10.5 0 28 0.6 6.0 230 2 0
32 Mel Bratton 24 rb 16 3 30 108 1 9 3.6 6.8 1.9 10 69 6.9 3 17 0.6 4.3 177 4 0
8 Gary Kubiak 28 qb 16 1 15 35 0 10 2.3 2.2 0.9 35 0 2
30 Steve Sewell 26 rb 16 3 7 44 0 10 6.3 2.8 0.4 25 416 16.6 3 56 1.6 26.0 460 3 0
80 Mark Jackson 26 WR 16 16 5 13 0 8 2.6 0.8 0.3 28 446 15.9 2 49 1.8 27.9 459 2 1
82 Vance Johnson 26 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 76 1095 14.4 7 69 4.8 68.4 1095 7 0
83 Mike Young 27 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 402 18.3 2 47 1.4 25.1 402 2 0
88 Clarence Kay 28 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 197 9.4 2 20 1.3 12.3 197 2 0
89 Orson Mobley 26 te 12 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 200 11.8 0 36 1.4 16.7 200 0 0
84 Ricky Nattiel 23 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 183 18.3 1 43 1.3 22.9 183 1 2
87 Pat Kelly 24 te 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 13 4.3 0 6 0.2 0.8 13 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 554 2092 15 40 3.8 130.8 34.6 256 3352 13.1 21 69 16.0 209.5 5444 36 26
Opp Total 16 426 1580 10 3.7 98.8 26.6 268 2827 10.5 13 16.8 176.7 4407 23 43

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
35 Ken Bell 25 KR/PR 15 0 21 143 0 24 6.8 30 602 0 33 20.1 745
82 Vance Johnson 26 WR 16 16 12 118 0 34 9.8 1213
84 Ricky Nattiel 23 8 0 9 77 0 38 8.6 260
29 Darren Carrington 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 6 152 0 68 25.3 152
26 Bobby Humphrey 23 RB 16 12 4 86 0 29 21.5 1393
85 Chris Woods 27 1 0 2 6 0 11 3.0 1 17 0 17 17.0 23
32 Mel Bratton 24 rb 16 3 2 19 0 10 9.5 196
Team Total 26.1 16 45 344 0 38 7.6 43 876 0 68 20.4 6664
Opp Total 16 28 370 0 13.2 72 1256 0 17.4

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
2 Mike Horan 30 P 16 0 77 3111 63 0 40.4
9 David Treadwell* 24 K 16 0 3 3 14 13 8 8 7 3 1 33 27 81.8%% 40 39 97.5%%
8 Gary Kubiak 28 qb 16 1 2 43 29 0 21.5
7 John Elway* 29 QB 15 15 1 34 34 0 34.0
Team Total 26.1 16 3 3 14 13 8 8 7 3 1 33 27 81.8%% 40 39 97.5%% 80 3188 63 0 39.9
Opp Total 16 27 17 63.0%% 25 25 100.0%% 84 3444 41.0

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
77 Karl Mecklenburg*+ 29 LILB 15 15 7.5 2 0 4 23 1 143 0
27 Steve Atwater 23 FS 16 16 3 34 0 30 0 0 0 1 29 0 129 0
56 Michael Brooks 25 ROLB 16 16 1.0 1 0 2 0 0 123 0 1
34 Tyrone Braxton 25 LCB 16 16 6 103 1 34 0 0 0 2 35 0 111 0
73 Simon Fletcher 27 LOLB 16 16 12.0 3 0 1 0 0 105 0
49 Dennis Smith* 30 SS 14 14 2 78 0 50 0 0 0 3 0 0 82 0
24 Wymon Henderson 28 RCB 16 15 3 58 0 25 0 0 1 0 0 0 76 0
71 Greg Kragen* 27 NT 14 14 2.0 0 0 4 17 1 72 0
29 Darren Carrington 23 16 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
7 John Elway* 29 QB 15 15 0 9 2 -4 0
35 Ken Bell 25 KR/PR 15 0 0 5 5 0 0
90 Ron Holmes 26 rde 15 8 9.0
26 Bobby Humphrey 23 RB 16 12 0 4 3 0 0
92 Alphonso Carreker 27 LDE 16 16 5.5
51 Marc Munford 24 rilb 16 6 1.0 2 16 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
61 Andre Townsend 27 RDE 13 10 2.0 0 0 2 0 0
55 Rick Dennison 31 RILB 15 11 1.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 Gary Kubiak 28 qb 16 1 0 2 1 0 0
91 Warren Powers 24 de 15 1 3.0
48 Randy Robbins 27 db 16 2 2 18 1 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
59 Tim Lucas 28 16 0 2.0
84 Ricky Nattiel 23 8 0 0 2 0 0 0
25 Kip Corrington 24 16 0 1 8 0 8 0
80 Mark Jackson 26 WR 16 16 0 1 0 -8 0
88 Clarence Kay 28 TE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
60 Gerald Perry 25 LT 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
23 Sammy Winder 30 rb 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.1 16 46.0 21 318 2 50 0 6 26 35 92 2 857 0 1
Opp Total 16 43 43 21

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
9 David Treadwell* 24 K 16 0 39 27 120
26 Bobby Humphrey 23 RB 16 12 7 1 8 48
82 Vance Johnson 26 WR 16 16 7 7 42
32 Mel Bratton 24 rb 16 3 1 3 4 24
7 John Elway* 29 QB 15 15 3 3 18
30 Steve Sewell 26 rb 16 3 3 3 18
40 Jeff Alexander 24 FB 14 6 2 2 12
80 Mark Jackson 26 WR 16 16 2 2 12
88 Clarence Kay 28 TE 16 16 2 2 12
23 Sammy Winder 30 rb 16 2 2 2 12
83 Mike Young 27 16 0 2 2 12
34 Tyrone Braxton 25 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
71 Greg Kragen* 27 NT 14 14 1 1 6
77 Karl Mecklenburg*+ 29 LILB 15 15 1 1 6
84 Ricky Nattiel 23 8 0 1 1 6
48 Randy Robbins 27 db 16 2 1 1 6
56 Michael Brooks 25 ROLB 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.1 16 15 21 2 2 40 39 27 1 362
Opp Total 16 10 13 1 1 25 17 226

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 KAN W, 34-20 1 34 interception Tyrone Braxton 34 yard interception return (David Treadwell kick)
2 1989-09-10 KAN W, 34-20 1 2 rush Sammy Winder 2 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
3 1989-09-10 KAN W, 34-20 3 9 pass Steve Sewell 9 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
4 1989-09-10 KAN W, 34-20 4 18 interception Randy Robbins 18 yard interception return (David Treadwell kick)
5 1989-09-18 @ BUF W, 28-14 2 19 pass Vance Johnson 19 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
6 1989-09-18 @ BUF W, 28-14 4 5 rush Bobby Humphrey 5 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
7 1989-09-24 RAI W, 31-21 1 29 rush John Elway 29 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
8 1989-09-24 RAI W, 31-21 1 1 rush Jeff Alexander 1 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
9 1989-09-24 RAI W, 31-21 1 46 pass Mark Jackson 46 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
10 1989-09-24 RAI W, 31-21 2 11 pass Mark Jackson 11 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
11 1989-10-01 @ CLE L, 13-16 4 7 pass Vance Johnson 7 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
12 1989-10-08 SDG W, 16-10 4 17 rush Bobby Humphrey 17 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
13 1989-10-15 IND W, 14-3 2 2 rush Bobby Humphrey 2 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
14 1989-10-15 IND W, 14-3 4 1 rush Sammy Winder 1 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
15 1989-10-22 @ SEA W, 24-21 3 1 rush Bobby Humphrey 1 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
16 1989-10-22 @ SEA W, 24-21 4 2 pass Clarence Kay 2 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
17 1989-10-22 @ SEA W, 24-21 4 54 pass Vance Johnson 54 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
18 1989-10-29 PHI L, 24-28 2 10 rush John Elway 10 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
19 1989-10-29 PHI L, 24-28 3 13 pass Vance Johnson 13 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
20 1989-10-29 PHI L, 24-28 4 4 pass Mel Bratton 4 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
21 1989-11-05 PIT W, 34-7 1 22 rush Bobby Humphrey 22 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
22 1989-11-05 PIT W, 34-7 3 44 pass Vance Johnson 44 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
23 1989-11-05 PIT W, 34-7 4 2 rush John Elway 2 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
24 1989-11-05 PIT W, 34-7 4 12 rush Bobby Humphrey 12 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
25 1989-11-12 @ KAN W, 16-13 2 17 fumble Greg Kragen 17 yard fumble return (David Treadwell kick)
26 1989-11-20 @ WAS W, 14-10 1 1 pass Mel Bratton 1 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (David Treadwell kick)
27 1989-11-20 @ WAS W, 14-10 2 5 pass Ricky Nattiel 5 yard pass from Gary Kubiak (David Treadwell kick)
28 1989-11-26 SEA W, 41-14 1 4 pass Vance Johnson 4 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
29 1989-11-26 SEA W, 41-14 1 4 rush Bobby Humphrey 4 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
30 1989-11-26 SEA W, 41-14 2 10 pass Vance Johnson 10 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
31 1989-11-26 SEA W, 41-14 2 32 pass Steve Sewell 32 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
32 1989-11-26 SEA W, 41-14 2 9 pass Mike Young 9 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
33 1989-12-03 @ RAI L, 13-16 2 5 rush Mel Bratton 5 yard rush (David Treadwell kick)
34 1989-12-10 NYG L, 7-14 4 32 pass Mike Young 32 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
35 1989-12-16 @ PHO W, 37-0 1 23 fumble Karl Mecklenburg 23 yard fumble return (David Treadwell kick)
36 1989-12-16 @ PHO W, 37-0 2 14 pass Steve Sewell 14 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
37 1989-12-16 @ PHO W, 37-0 3 17 pass Mel Bratton 17 yard pass from Bobby Humphrey (David Treadwell kick)
38 1989-12-16 @ PHO W, 37-0 3 20 pass Clarence Kay 20 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
39 1989-12-24 @ SDG L, 16-19 2 12 pass Bobby Humphrey 12 yard pass from John Elway (David Treadwell kick)
40 1989-12-24 @ SDG L, 16-19 4 1 rush Jeff Alexander 1 yard rush

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1989-09-10 KAN L, 20-34 2 1 rush Kenny Gamble 1 yard rush (Nick Lowery kick)
2 1989-09-10 KAN L, 20-34 4 5 pass Carlos Carson 5 yard pass from Steve DeBerg (Nick Lowery kick)
3 1989-09-18 @ BUF L, 14-28 3 1 rush Larry Kinnebrew 1 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
4 1989-09-18 @ BUF L, 14-28 4 20 pass Ronnie Harmon 20 yard pass from Jim Kelly (Scott Norwood kick)
5 1989-09-24 RAI L, 21-31 3 22 interception Lionel Washington 22 yard interception return (Jeff Jaeger kick)
6 1989-09-24 RAI L, 21-31 4 75 pass Mervyn Fernandez 75 yard pass from Jay Schroeder (Jeff Jaeger kick)
7 1989-09-24 RAI L, 21-31 4 15 fumble Linden King 15 yard fumble return (Jeff Jaeger kick)
8 1989-10-01 @ CLE W, 16-13 1 9 pass Webster Slaughter 9 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
9 1989-10-08 SDG L, 10-16 3 2 rush Marion Butts 2 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
10 1989-10-22 @ SEA L, 21-24 1 4 rush John Williams 4 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
11 1989-10-22 @ SEA L, 21-24 2 6 pass John Williams 6 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
12 1989-10-22 @ SEA L, 21-24 4 24 pass Paul Skansi 24 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
13 1989-10-29 PHI W, 28-24 1 16 rush Keith Byars 16 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
14 1989-10-29 PHI W, 28-24 1 5 pass Cris Carter 5 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
15 1989-10-29 PHI W, 28-24 3 66 pass Jimmie Giles 66 yard pass from Randall Cunningham (Luis Zendejas kick)
16 1989-10-29 PHI W, 28-24 4 1 rush Keith Byars 1 yard rush (Luis Zendejas kick)
17 1989-11-05 PIT L, 7-34 2 15 pass Rodney Carter 15 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Gary Anderson kick)
18 1989-11-12 @ KAN L, 13-16 4 5 pass Emile Harry 5 yard pass from Steve Pelluer (Nick Lowery kick)
19 1989-11-20 @ WAS L, 10-14 1 8 rush Jamie Morris 8 yard rush (Chip Lohmiller kick)
20 1989-11-26 SEA L, 14-41 3 5 rush Derrick Fenner 5 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
21 1989-11-26 SEA L, 14-41 4 31 pass Steve Largent 31 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
22 1989-12-03 @ RAI W, 16-13 4 67 pass Mike Dyal 67 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (Jeff Jaeger kick)
23 1989-12-10 NYG W, 14-7 2 3 rush Ottis Anderson 3 yard rush (Bjorn Nittmo kick)
24 1989-12-10 NYG W, 14-7 2 57 pass Dave Meggett 57 yard pass from Phil Simms (Bjorn Nittmo kick)
25 1989-12-24 @ SDG W, 19-16 4 1 rush Tim Spencer 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)