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1996 Denver Broncos

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13-3-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.6, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 3.9, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 391 points (24.4/g), 4th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (17.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of 116 points (7.2/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.2-4.8.

Coach: Mike Shanahan (13-3-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Gary Kubiak
 Defensive Coordinator: Greg Robinson

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 West Coast
Defensive Alignment 4-3

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 391 5791 1092 5.3 32 15 22 336 327 536 3429 26 17 6.0 180 525 2362 20 4.5 134
Team Defense 275 4470 951 4.7 32 9 29 261 302 566 3139 22 23 5.2 165 345 1331 5 3.9 67
Lg Rank Offense 4 1 17 25 4 16 13 5 12 12 2 1 2 4
Lg Rank Defense 7 4 13 26 4 27 10 16 4 4 1 1 2 18

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore W 1-0 New York Jets 31 6 21 367 167 200 3 12 188 72 116 4
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 2-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 30 20 22 374 194 180 1 10 211 172 39 3
3 Sun September 15 boxscore W 3-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 23 20 374 180 194 3 15 307 186 121 2
4 Sun September 22 boxscore L 3-1 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 17 17 299 138 161 2 20 306 231 75 1
5 Sun September 29 boxscore W 4-1 @ Cincinnati Bengals 14 10 22 402 288 114 3 17 253 147 106 1
6 Sun October 6 boxscore W 5-1 San Diego Chargers 28 17 23 406 312 94 1 14 245 210 35
7 Bye Week
8 Sun October 20 boxscore W 6-1 Baltimore Ravens 45 34 26 548 326 222 1 23 392 317 75 1
9 Sun October 27 boxscore W 7-1 Kansas City Chiefs 34 7 26 499 286 213 3 10 232 208 24 2
10 Mon November 4 boxscore W 8-1 @ Oakland Raiders 22 21 18 312 160 152 1 17 321 216 105
11 Sun November 10 boxscore W 9-1 Chicago Bears 17 12 17 284 192 92 24 346 172 174 3
12 Sun November 17 boxscore W 10-1 @ New England Patriots 34 8 26 422 224 198 1 12 218 201 17 1
13 Sun November 24 boxscore W 11-1 @ Minnesota Vikings 21 17 22 388 309 79 3 20 296 246 50 2
14 Sun December 1 boxscore W 12-1 Seattle Seahawks 34 7 31 441 236 205 13 277 172 105 3
15 Sun December 8 boxscore L 12-2 @ Green Bay Packers 6 41 9 176 83 93 3 22 379 276 103 2
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 13-2 Oakland Raiders 24 19 23 285 186 99 3 18 255 150 105 4
17 Sun December 22 boxscore L 13-3 @ San Diego Chargers 10 16 13 214 148 66 4 14 244 163 81 3
Playoffs
Division Sat January 4 boxscore L 13-4 Jacksonville Jaguars 27 30 21 351 225 126 22 443 240 203

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* 36 QB 15 15 13-2-0 287 466 61.6% 3328 26 5.6 14 3.0 51 7.1 6.9 11.6 221.9 89.2 26 194 6.37 6.15 5.3 4 4
14 Bill Musgrave 29 qb 6 1 0-1-0 31 52 59.6% 276 0 0.0 2 3.8 46 5.3 3.6 8.9 46.0 57.9 4 32 4.36 2.75 7.1
8 Jeff Lewis 23 2 0 9 17 52.9% 58 0 0.0 1 5.9 11 3.4 0.8 6.4 29.0 35.9 1 7 2.83 0.33 5.6
29 Aaron Craver 28 FB 15 15 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 28.2 16 13-3-0 327 536 61.0% 3662 26 4.9 17 3.2 51 6.8 6.4 11.2 228.9 84.3 31 233 6.05 5.62 5.5 4 4
Opp Total 16 302 566 53.4% 3413 22 3.9 23 4.1 6.0 4.98 11.3 213.3 67.7 40 274 5.2 4.2 6.6

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
30 Terrell Davis*+ 24 RB 16 16 345 1538 13 71 4.5 96.1 21.6 36 310 8.6 2 23 2.3 19.4 1848 15 5
29 Aaron Craver 28 FB 15 15 59 232 2 28 3.9 15.5 3.9 39 297 7.6 1 39 2.6 19.8 529 3 1
7 John Elway* 36 QB 15 15 50 249 4 22 5.0 16.6 3.3 249 4 6
22 Vaughn Hebron 26 KR 16 0 49 262 0 47 5.3 16.4 3.1 7 43 6.1 0 11 0.4 2.7 305 0 3
14 Bill Musgrave 29 qb 6 1 12 -4 0 6 -0.3 -0.7 2.0 -4 0 3
8 Jeff Lewis 23 2 0 4 39 0 18 9.8 19.5 2.0 39 0 0
83 Anthony Miller 31 WR 16 16 3 39 1 26 13.0 2.4 0.2 56 735 13.1 3 46 3.5 45.9 774 4 0
38 Reggie Rivers 28 16 0 2 6 0 3 3.0 0.4 0.1 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 5 0 0
80 Rod Smith 26 wr 10 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 16 237 14.8 2 49 1.6 23.7 238 2 1
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 28 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 80 1062 13.3 10 51 5.3 70.8 1062 10 1
87 Ed McCaffrey 28 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 48 553 11.5 7 39 3.2 36.9 553 7 0
88 Mike Sherrard 33 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 185 11.6 1 25 1.1 12.3 185 1 0
89 Dwayne Carswell 24 te 16 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 85 5.7 0 11 0.9 5.3 85 0 0
86 Byron Chamberlain 25 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 129 10.8 0 17 1.1 11.7 129 0 1
81 Todd Kinchen 27 PR 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 27 27.0 0 27 0.1 3.9 27 0 5
Team Total 28.2 16 525 2362 20 71 4.5 147.6 32.8 327 3662 11.2 26 51 20.4 228.9 6024 46 27
Opp Total 16 345 1331 5 3.9 83.2 21.6 302 3139 10.4 22 18.9 196.2 4470 27 26

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
22 Vaughn Hebron 26 KR 16 0 45 1099 0 59 24.4 1404
81 Todd Kinchen 27 PR 7 0 26 300 0 40 11.5 327
80 Rod Smith 26 wr 10 1 23 283 0 36 12.3 1 29 0 29 29.0 550
86 Byron Chamberlain 25 11 0 3 49 0 21 16.3 178
82 Patrick Jeffers 23 4 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
Team Total 28.2 16 49 583 0 40 11.9 50 1195 0 59 23.9 7802
Opp Total 16 23 261 1 11.3 76 1602 1 21.1

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
1 Jason Elam 26 K 16 0 2 2 8 8 5 4 10 6 3 1 28 21 75.0%% 46 46 100.0%%
16 Tom Rouen 28 P 16 0 65 2714 57 0 41.8
Team Total 28.2 16 2 2 8 8 5 4 10 6 3 1 28 21 75.0%% 46 46 100.0%% 65 2714 57 0 41.8
Opp Total 16 23 20 87.0%% 25 25 100.0%% 83 3826 46.1

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
34 Tyrone Braxton* 32 SS 16 16 9 128 1 69 0 3 0 1 20 0 69 15
57 Allen Aldridge 24 MLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 68 15
27 Steve Atwater* 30 FS 16 16 3 11 0 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 64 17
53 Bill Romanowski* 30 LLB 16 16 3.0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 56 21
39 Ray Crockett 29 LCB 15 15 4.0 2 34 0 34 0 2 0 0 0 0 52 6
91 Alfred Williams*+ 28 RDE 16 16 13.0 3 0 1 0 0 45 11
51 John Mobley 23 RLB 16 16 1.5 1 8 0 8 0 49 12
48 Lionel Washington 36 RCB 14 12 2 17 0 23 0 41 2
95 Michael Dean Perry* 31 RDT 15 15 3.5 1 0 1 0 0 22 9
20 Tory James 23 db 16 2 2 15 0 15 0 1 0 1 15 0 22 1
21 Randy Hilliard 29 db 13 3 1 27 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 20 4
97 Mike Lodish 29 LDT 16 16 1.5 16 6
98 Maa Tanuvasa 26 de 16 1 5.0 0 0 1 0 0 12 4
90 Dan Williams 27 LDE 15 15 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 14 2
79 Jumpy Geathers 36 16 0 5.0 10 6
96 Harald Hasselbach 29 de 16 1 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 7 4
37 Tim Hauck 30 16 0 7 3
59 Glenn Cadrez 26 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 1
7 John Elway* 36 QB 15 15 0 6 2 -4 0
30 Terrell Davis*+ 24 RB 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
72 Ernest Jones 25 6 0 3 1
81 Todd Kinchen 27 PR 7 0 0 5 1 0 0
22 Vaughn Hebron 26 KR 16 0 0 3 1 0 0
31 Rondell Jones 25 16 0 2 0
14 Bill Musgrave 29 qb 6 1 0 3 0 -4 0
56 Keith Burns 24 16 0 1 0
94 Jeff Robinson 26 16 0 0.5 0 0 1 0 0
86 Byron Chamberlain 25 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 Aaron Craver 28 FB 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
38 Reggie Rivers 28 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 28 TE 15 15 0 1 0 0 0
80 Rod Smith 26 wr 10 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 28.2 16 40.0 23 241 1 69 0 14 27 19 27 0 587 140
Opp Total 16 31 26 17

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
1 Jason Elam 26 K 16 0 46 21 109
30 Terrell Davis*+ 24 RB 16 16 13 2 15 90
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 28 TE 15 15 10 10 60
87 Ed McCaffrey 28 WR 15 15 7 7 42
7 John Elway* 36 QB 15 15 4 4 24
83 Anthony Miller 31 WR 16 16 1 3 4 24
29 Aaron Craver 28 FB 15 15 2 1 3 18
80 Rod Smith 26 wr 10 1 2 2 12
34 Tyrone Braxton* 32 SS 16 16 1 1 6
88 Mike Sherrard 33 15 0 1 1 6
Team Total 28.2 16 20 26 1 47 46 21 391
Opp Total 16 5 22 1 1 2 2 25 20 275

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 NYJ W, 31-6 1 13 pass Shannon Sharpe 13 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
2 1996-09-01 NYJ W, 31-6 2 39 pass Ed McCaffrey 39 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
3 1996-09-01 NYJ W, 31-6 2 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
4 1996-09-01 NYJ W, 31-6 2 26 rush Anthony Miller 26 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
5 1996-09-08 @ SEA W, 30-20 2 39 pass Aaron Craver 39 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
6 1996-09-08 @ SEA W, 30-20 3 7 pass Anthony Miller 7 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
7 1996-09-08 @ SEA W, 30-20 4 1 rush John Elway 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
8 1996-09-15 TAM W, 27-23 1 69 interception Tyrone Braxton 69 yard interception return (Jason Elam kick)
9 1996-09-15 TAM W, 27-23 3 17 pass Anthony Miller 17 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
10 1996-09-15 TAM W, 27-23 4 3 rush Terrell Davis 3 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
11 1996-09-22 @ KAN L, 14-17 1 6 rush Terrell Davis 6 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
12 1996-09-22 @ KAN L, 14-17 2 65 rush Terrell Davis 65 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
13 1996-09-29 @ CIN W, 14-10 1 11 pass Shannon Sharpe 11 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
14 1996-09-29 @ CIN W, 14-10 3 23 pass Anthony Miller 23 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
15 1996-10-06 SDG W, 28-17 2 20 pass Shannon Sharpe 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
16 1996-10-06 SDG W, 28-17 3 20 pass Shannon Sharpe 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
17 1996-10-06 SDG W, 28-17 3 3 pass Shannon Sharpe 3 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
18 1996-10-06 SDG W, 28-17 4 9 pass Ed McCaffrey 9 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
19 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 1 4 pass Ed McCaffrey 4 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
20 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 1 71 rush Terrell Davis 71 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
21 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 2 4 rush Terrell Davis 4 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
22 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 2 8 pass Ed McCaffrey 8 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
23 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 4 6 pass Ed McCaffrey 6 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
24 1996-10-20 BAL W, 45-34 4 9 rush John Elway 9 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
25 1996-10-27 KAN W, 34-7 1 46 pass Shannon Sharpe 46 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
26 1996-10-27 KAN W, 34-7 1 10 pass Shannon Sharpe 10 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
27 1996-10-27 KAN W, 34-7 2 25 pass Mike Sherrard 25 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
28 1996-10-27 KAN W, 34-7 3 1 rush Aaron Craver 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
29 1996-11-04 @ OAK W, 22-21 1 10 pass Shannon Sharpe 10 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
30 1996-11-04 @ OAK W, 22-21 4 49 pass Rod Smith 49 yard pass from John Elway (pass failed)
31 1996-11-10 CHI W, 17-12 1 15 pass Shannon Sharpe 15 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
32 1996-11-10 CHI W, 17-12 2 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
33 1996-11-17 @ NWE W, 34-8 1 15 pass Terrell Davis 15 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
34 1996-11-17 @ NWE W, 34-8 1 10 rush Terrell Davis 10 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
35 1996-11-17 @ NWE W, 34-8 2 2 rush Terrell Davis 2 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
36 1996-11-17 @ NWE W, 34-8 3 1 rush John Elway 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
37 1996-11-24 @ MIN W, 21-17 1 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
38 1996-11-24 @ MIN W, 21-17 2 1 pass Terrell Davis 1 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
39 1996-11-24 @ MIN W, 21-17 4 5 pass Ed McCaffrey 5 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
40 1996-12-01 SEA W, 34-7 1 1 pass Shannon Sharpe 1 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
41 1996-12-01 SEA W, 34-7 1 2 rush John Elway 2 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
42 1996-12-01 SEA W, 34-7 2 4 pass Ed McCaffrey 4 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
43 1996-12-01 SEA W, 34-7 3 5 rush Terrell Davis 5 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
44 1996-12-15 OAK W, 24-19 1 3 rush Terrell Davis 3 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
45 1996-12-15 OAK W, 24-19 2 1 rush Aaron Craver 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)
46 1996-12-15 OAK W, 24-19 2 20 pass Rod Smith 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
47 1996-12-22 @ SDG L, 10-16 1 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 NYJ L, 6-31 4 13 pass Webster Slaughter 13 yard pass from Frank Reich (pass failed)
2 1996-09-08 @ SEA L, 20-30 3 88 punt Joey Galloway 88 yard punt return (Todd Peterson kick)
3 1996-09-08 @ SEA L, 20-30 4 23 pass Christian Fauria 23 yard pass from John Friesz (Todd Peterson kick)
4 1996-09-15 TAM L, 23-27 2 8 rush Reggie Brooks 8 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
5 1996-09-15 TAM L, 23-27 3 40 pass Alvin Harper 40 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Michael Husted kick)
6 1996-09-22 @ KAN W, 17-14 2 8 pass Danan Hughes 8 yard pass from Steve Bono (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
7 1996-09-22 @ KAN W, 17-14 4 2 rush Marcus Allen 2 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
8 1996-09-29 @ CIN L, 10-14 2 2 rush Jeff Blake 2 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick)
9 1996-10-06 SDG L, 17-28 2 5 pass Terrell Fletcher 5 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
10 1996-10-06 SDG L, 17-28 2 6 pass Tony Martin 6 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
11 1996-10-20 BAL L, 34-45 2 4 pass Earnest Byner 4 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
12 1996-10-20 BAL L, 34-45 3 11 pass Floyd Turner 11 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
13 1996-10-20 BAL L, 34-45 3 25 pass Michael Jackson 25 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (pass failed)
14 1996-10-20 BAL L, 34-45 3 9 pass Michael Jackson 9 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Vinny Testaverde run)
15 1996-10-27 KAN L, 7-34 1 97 kickoff Tamarick Vanover 97 yard kickoff return (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
16 1996-11-04 @ OAK L, 21-22 1 5 rush Jeff Hostetler 5 yard rush (Cole Ford kick)
17 1996-11-04 @ OAK L, 21-22 4 15 pass Derrick Fenner 15 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
18 1996-11-04 @ OAK L, 21-22 4 42 pass Tim Brown 42 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
19 1996-11-10 CHI L, 12-17 3 11 pass Curtis Conway 11 yard pass from Dave Krieg (pass failed)
20 1996-11-17 @ NWE L, 8-34 3 7 rush Curtis Martin 7 yard rush (Keith Byars pass from Drew Bledsoe)
21 1996-11-24 @ MIN L, 17-21 2 7 pass Chris Walsh 7 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
22 1996-11-24 @ MIN L, 17-21 3 11 pass Cris Carter 11 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Scott Sisson kick)
23 1996-12-01 SEA L, 7-34 1 8 pass Mike Pritchard 8 yard pass from Rick Mirer (Todd Peterson kick)
24 1996-12-08 @ GNB W, 41-6 2 14 pass Antonio Freeman 14 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
25 1996-12-08 @ GNB W, 41-6 3 51 pass Antonio Freeman 51 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
26 1996-12-08 @ GNB W, 41-6 4 1 pass Keith Jackson 1 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
27 1996-12-08 @ GNB W, 41-6 4 25 pass Antonio Freeman 25 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
28 1996-12-08 @ GNB W, 41-6 4 0 fumble Don Beebe 0 yard fumble return (Chris Jacke kick)
29 1996-12-15 OAK L, 19-24 3 1 fumble Lance Johnstone 1 yard fumble return (run failed)
30 1996-12-15 OAK L, 19-24 4 7 pass Daryl Hobbs 7 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
31 1996-12-22 @ SDG W, 16-10 1 9 pass Charlie Jones 9 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)