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Super Bowl history of the Denver Broncos

The Broncos tied an NFL record by reaching their eighth Super Bowl, as they take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Take a look back at their previous seven trips.

Super Bowl XII vs. Dallas Cowboys

Jan. 15. 1978, Superdome in New Orleans In
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Jan. 15. 1978, Superdome in New Orleans
In their first Super Bowl appearance, the Broncos were overwhelmed, 27-10, by the Cowboys, who won their second Super Bowl. The Cowboys capitalized on Broncos turnovers and scored 10 points off interceptions in the first half before taking a 13-0 lead into halftime. Broncos quarterback Craig Morton had as many interceptions as he did completions (four) and was replaced by Norris Weese.

Super Bowl XXI vs. New York Giants

Jan. 25, 1987, Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
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Jan. 25, 1987, Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
The Broncos took a 10-9 lead into halftime after John Elway went 13-for-20 for 187 yards. The Giants went on to score 30 points in the second half to win the game, 39-20. Phil Simms, the game's MVP, threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns including a 13-yard pass to tight end Mark Bavaro to give the Giants the lead for good with 4:52 left in the third quarter.

Super Bowl XXII vs. Washington Redskins

Jan. 31, 1988, Jack Murphy Stadium in San
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Jan. 31, 1988, Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego
The Broncos took an early 10-0 lead after John Elway connected with wide receiver Ricky Nattiel on their first play from scrimmage and Rich Karlis hit a 24-yard field goal on their next drive. But that was all Denver would score. The Redskins went off for 35 points on five consecutive possessions in the second quarter, setting a Super Bowl record for most points in a quarter en route to a 42-10 win.

Super Bowl XXIV vs. San Francisco 49ers

Jan. 28, 1990, Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
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Jan. 28, 1990, Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
The 49ers scored touchdowns on four of their first six possessions in the first half to take a 27-3 lead into halftime en route to 55-10 win. John Elway threw for just 108 yards and two interceptions, which led to 49ers touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter. The 49ers' 55 points are the most ever in a Super Bowl, and the 45-point difference is the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history.

Super Bowl XXXII vs. Green Bay Packers

Jan. 25, 1998, Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego
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Jan. 25, 1998, Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego
John Elway and the Broncos finally got their first Super Bowl title, but it was Terrell Davis who led them there. Davis rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns to win the MVP award in a 31-24 win. The reigning champion Packers struck first with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman on their opening drive, but the Broncos responded with a 58-yard drive capped by a 1-yard TD from Davis. The Broncos took the lead after a 1-yard TD run by Elway early in the second quarter, and they held onto it until the fourth quarter. After Eugene Robinson intercepted Elway's pass in the end zone, it took the Packers just four plays to score a touchdown and tie the score at 24-24 with 13:32 left. It stayed that way until the Broncos got the ball at the Packers' 49 following a 39-yard punt with 3:27 to go. A pair of penalties, a 23-yard pass from Elway to Howard Griffith and a 17-yard run by Davis brought the Broncos down to the Packers' 1, where Davis punched it in to take the lead with 1:45 left, securing the victory for the Broncos.

Super Bowl XXXIII vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jan. 31, 1999, Pro Player Stadium in Miami
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Jan. 31, 1999, Pro Player Stadium in Miami
It couldn't have ended any better for John Elway. In the final game of his career, he threw for 336 yards and combined for two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing) to earn the Super Bowl MVP award as the Broncos beat the Falcons, 34-19, for back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The Falcons had a chance to cut their deficit to 10-6 on a 26-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, but Morten Andersen missed wide right. On the next play, Elway threw an 80-yard TD pass to Rod Smith, giving the Broncos a 17-3 lead. Andersen hit a 28-yard field goal on the Falcons' next drive, and the Broncos went into halftime with a 17-6 lead. They ran away with the game in the fourth quarter after scoring two touchdowns in 3:36, putting the game out of reach.

Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Seattle Seahawks

Feb. 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,
Photo Credit: AP / Matt York

Feb. 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The "cold weather" Super Bowl didn't live up to the hype -- it was 56 degrees in East Rutherford, N.J. -- and neither did the battle of No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense. The Seahawks' top-ranked defense completely outplayed the Broncos' top-ranked offense, and Seattle captured its first Super Bowl title. The Seahawks were in control the entire game, at one point opening a 36-0 lead. Peyton Manning, fresh off a record-setting regular season, threw two interceptions -- with one returned 69 yards for a touchdown by Malcolm Smith -- and lost a fumble as the Broncos turned the ball over four times.


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