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1997 Denver Broncos

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12-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.7, Offense: 8.1, Defense: 2.6, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 472 points (29.5/g), 1st of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (17.9/g), 6th.
 Differential of 185 points (11.6/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.2-3.8.

Coach: Mike Shanahan (12-4-0)
 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
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 472 5872 1068 5.5 21 10 30 340 287 513 3494 27 11 6.4 172 520 2378 18 4.6 138
Team Defense 287 4671 951 4.9 31 13 30 258 290 526 2868 20 18 5.0 145 381 1803 10 4.7 83
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 6 7 1 20 9 4 6 4 6 4 5 2
Lg Rank Defense 6 5 9 13 2 16 5 11 8 5 1 16 6 30

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore W 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs 19 3 20 378 232 146 12 241 108 133 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 2-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 35 14 22 331 188 143 1 16 289 220 69 1
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W 3-0 St. Louis Rams 35 14 19 377 233 144 2 18 314 184 130 2
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 4-0 Cincinnati Bengals 38 20 23 372 150 222 1 22 389 194 195 1
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 5-0 @ Atlanta Falcons 29 21 16 329 228 101 1 17 308 196 112 1
6 Mon October 6 boxscore W 6-0 New England Patriots 34 13 25 380 188 192 2 13 262 211 51 2
7 Bye Week
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 6-1 @ Oakland Raiders 25 28 25 441 294 147 1 12 324 81 243 2
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W OT 7-1 @ Buffalo Bills 23 20 17 341 116 225 3 19 315 160 155 6
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 8-1 Seattle Seahawks 30 27 19 385 245 140 2 22 349 245 104 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 9-1 Carolina Panthers 34 0 20 393 233 160 1 7 147 113 34 4
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 9-2 @ Kansas City Chiefs 22 24 26 329 194 135 1 15 202 96 106 1
13 Mon November 24 boxscore W 10-2 Oakland Raiders 31 3 23 370 260 110 1 14 260 150 110 2
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 11-2 @ San Diego Chargers 38 28 28 438 240 198 22 269 222 47 2
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 11-3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 24 35 18 320 231 89 1 22 476 290 186 2
16 Mon December 15 boxscore L 11-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 17 34 15 237 141 96 3 18 323 265 58 1
17 Sun December 21 boxscore W 12-4 San Diego Chargers 38 3 24 451 321 130 1 9 203 133 70 1
Playoffs
WildCard Sat December 27 boxscore W 13-4 Jacksonville Jaguars 42 17 28 511 201 310 2 14 237 187 50 2
Division Sun January 4 boxscore W 14-4 @ Kansas City Chiefs 14 10 16 272 163 109 2 18 303 226 77
ConfChamp Sun January 11 boxscore W 15-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 24 21 23 345 195 150 2 23 354 193 161 4
SuperBowl Sun January 25 boxscore W 16-4 N Green Bay Packers 31 24 21 302 123 179 2 21 350 255 95 3

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* 37 QB 16 16 12-4-0 280 502 55.8 3635 27 5.4 11 2.2 78 7.2 7.3 13.0 227.2 87.5 34 203 6.40 6.49 6.3 1 4
6 Bubby Brister 35 1 0 6 9 66.7 48 0 0.0 0 0.0 15 5.3 5.3 8.0 48.0 79.9 0 0 5.33 5.33 0.0
8 Jeff Lewis 24 3 0 1 2 50.0 21 0 0.0 0 0.0 21 10.5 10.5 21.0 7.0 87.5 1 7 4.67 4.67 33.3
Team Total 28.3 16 12-4-0 287 513 55.9 3704 27 5.3 11 2.1 78 7.2 7.3 12.9 231.5 87.4 35 210 6.38 6.46 6.4 1 4
Opp Total 16 290 526 55.1 3166 20 3.8 18 3.4 6.0 5.24 10.9 197.9 71.5 44 298 5.0 4.3 7.7

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
30 Terrell Davis*+ 25 RB 15 15 369 1750 15 50 4.7 116.7 24.6 42 287 6.8 0 25 2.8 19.1 2037 15 4
7 John Elway* 37 QB 16 16 50 218 1 23 4.4 13.6 3.1 218 1 11
22 Vaughn Hebron 27 KR 16 1 49 222 1 46 4.5 13.9 3.1 3 36 12.0 0 21 0.2 2.3 258 1 1
31 Derek Loville 29 16 0 25 124 1 17 5.0 7.8 1.6 2 10 5.0 0 7 0.1 0.6 134 1 1
29 Howard Griffith 30 FB 15 13 9 34 0 9 3.8 2.3 0.6 11 55 5.0 0 20 0.7 3.7 89 0 0
80 Rod Smith 27 WR 16 16 5 16 0 21 3.2 1.0 0.3 70 1180 16.9 12 78 4.4 73.8 1196 12 3
8 Jeff Lewis 24 3 0 5 2 0 5 0.4 0.7 1.7 2 0 0
42 Detron Smith 23 16 0 4 10 0 11 2.5 0.6 0.3 4 41 10.3 1 17 0.3 2.6 51 1 0
6 Bubby Brister 35 1 0 4 2 0 2 0.5 2.0 4.0 2 0 0
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 29 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 72 1107 15.4 3 68 4.5 69.2 1107 3 1
87 Ed McCaffrey 29 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 45 590 13.1 8 35 3.0 39.3 590 8 0
85 Willie Green 31 wr 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 240 12.6 2 31 1.2 15.0 240 2 0
89 Dwayne Carswell 25 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 96 8.0 1 24 0.8 6.0 96 1 0
81 Patrick Jeffers 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 24 8.0 0 10 0.3 2.4 24 0 0
86 Byron Chamberlain 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 18 9.0 0 9 0.2 1.8 18 0 1
37 Anthony Lynn 29 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 21 21.0 0 21 0.1 1.3 21 0 0
66 Tom Nalen* 26 C 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1 0.1 -0.1 -1 0 0
Team Total 28.3 16 520 2378 18 50 4.6 148.6 32.5 287 3704 12.9 27 78 17.9 231.5 6082 45 25
Opp Total 16 381 1803 10 4.7 112.7 23.8 290 2868 9.9 20 18.1 179.3 4671 30 27

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
22 Vaughn Hebron 27 KR 16 1 43 1009 0 46 23.5 1267
23 Darrien Gordon 27 PR/RCB 16 16 40 543 3 94 13.6 543
31 Derek Loville 29 16 0 5 136 0 61 27.2 270
56 Keith Burns 25 16 0 4 45 0 18 11.3 45
86 Byron Chamberlain 26 10 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 31
42 Detron Smith 23 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 51
80 Rod Smith 27 WR 16 16 1 12 0 12 12.0 1208
Team Total 28.3 16 41 555 3 94 13.5 54 1203 0 61 22.3 7840
Opp Total 16 26 235 1 9.0 89 1827 0 20.5

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
1 Jason Elam 27 K 15 0 11 10 12 10 8 3 5 3 36 26 72.2% 46 46 100.0%
16 Tom Rouen 29 P 16 0 60 2598 57 0 43.3
3 Scott Bentley 23 k 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 66.7% 4 4 100.0%
Team Total 28.3 16 12 11 13 11 9 3 5 3 39 28 71.8% 50 50 100.0% 60 2598 57 0 43.3
Opp Total 16 19 14 73.7% 35 35 100.0% 94 4089 43.5

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
51 John Mobley+ 24 RLB 16 16 4.0 1 13 1 13 0 2 0 1 0 0 96 36
39 Ray Crockett 30 LCB 16 16 4 18 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 68 14
34 Tyrone Braxton 33 SS 16 16 0.5 4 113 1 43 0 1 0 3 45 0 62 17
53 Bill Romanowski 31 LLB 16 16 2.0 1 7 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 56 14
27 Steve Atwater 31 FS 15 15 1.0 2 42 1 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 53 15
23 Darrien Gordon 27 PR/RCB 16 16 2.0 4 64 1 32 0 1 3 4 0 0 51 11
57 Allen Aldridge 25 MLB 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 41 16
91 Alfred Williams 29 RDE 16 16 8.5 1 0 1 51 1 36 10
90 Neil Smith* 31 LDE 14 13 8.5 1 0 0 0 0 29 5
94 Keith Traylor 28 LDT 16 16 2.0 1 62 1 62 0 28 11
98 Maa Tanuvasa 27 rdt 15 5 8.5 17 6
93 Trevor Pryce 22 dt 8 3 2.0 16 8
96 Harald Hasselbach 30 de 16 3 1.5 14 5
26 Tim McKyer 34 db 16 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 4
97 Mike Lodish 30 16 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 9 5
95 Michael Dean Perry 32 RDT 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 3
33 Dedrick Dodge 30 db 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 2
7 John Elway* 37 QB 16 16 0 11 1 -21 0
59 Glenn Cadrez 27 16 0 4 1
21 Randy Hilliard 30 14 0 3 1
30 Terrell Davis*+ 25 RB 15 15 0 4 2 -7 0
32 Tony Veland 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
80 Rod Smith 27 WR 16 16 0 3 1 0 0
72 Ernest Jones 26 1 0 1 1
56 Keith Burns 25 16 0 1 0
22 Vaughn Hebron 27 KR 16 1 0 1 1 0 0
87 Ed McCaffrey 29 WR 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
89 Dwayne Carswell 25 te 16 3 0 0 1 0 0
86 Byron Chamberlain 26 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 Howard Griffith 30 FB 15 13 0 0 1 0 0
25 Darrius Johnson 24 16 0 0 0 1 6 1
31 Derek Loville 29 16 0 0 1 0 0 0
69 Mark Schlereth 31 LG 11 11 0 0 1 0 0
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 29 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
99 David Richie 24 2 0 0.5
Team Total 28.3 16 43.0 18 319 5 62 0 11 25 25 74 2 612 185
Opp Total 16 35 27 14

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Jason Elam 27 K 15 0 46 26 124
30 Terrell Davis*+ 25 RB 15 15 15 15 3 96
80 Rod Smith 27 WR 16 16 12 12 72
87 Ed McCaffrey 29 WR 15 15 8 8 48
23 Darrien Gordon 27 PR/RCB 16 16 3 1 4 24
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 29 TE 16 16 3 3 1 20
85 Willie Green 31 wr 16 1 2 2 12
3 Scott Bentley 23 k 1 0 4 2 10
27 Steve Atwater 31 FS 15 15 1 1 6
34 Tyrone Braxton 33 SS 16 16 1 1 6
89 Dwayne Carswell 25 te 16 3 1 1 6
7 John Elway* 37 QB 16 16 1 1 6
22 Vaughn Hebron 27 KR 16 1 1 1 6
25 Darrius Johnson 24 16 0 1 1 6
31 Derek Loville 29 16 0 1 1 6
51 John Mobley+ 24 RLB 16 16 1 1 6
42 Detron Smith 23 16 0 1 1 6
94 Keith Traylor 28 LDT 16 16 1 1 6
91 Alfred Williams 29 RDE 16 16 1 1 6
Team Total 28.3 16 18 27 3 2 5 55 4 50 28 472
Opp Total 16 10 20 1 3 1 35 14 287