List of Denver Broncos seasons

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Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where the Broncos have played their home games since 2001

The Denver Broncos are an American football franchise. They are members of the American Football Conference West Division (AFC West) of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents their season-by-season records from 1960 to the present day, including post-season records, and league awards for individual players and head coaches. As of the end of the 2011 season, the team has completed 52 seasons and will be entering their 53rd at the start of the 2012 season. The Broncos franchise was founded on August 14, 1959 by Bob Howsam and played their first season in 1960, in Denver, Colorado as part of the original American Football League (AFL). The Broncos are 6-4.[1] They became part of the NFL in 1970 after the AFL-NFL merger.[1]

The franchise has experienced two major periods of success. The first was from 1976 to 1981, when the Broncos did not have a losing season (a season when the team has more losses than wins), and won two AFC West division titles, and one AFC championship. The second began in 1983 and ended in 1998. During this period, the Broncos had just two losing seasons, were AFC champions five times and Super Bowl champions for two consecutive years. This second period of success is best remembered for John Elway being the team's quarterback.[2] The Denver Broncos have also experienced one notable period of deterioration. From their inaugural season in 1960 until 1975, they did not make the playoffs and had just two winning seasons. The Broncos were the only charter AFL franchise to never have a winning season during the AFL's 10 years of existence, with their first winning season not occurring until 1973, their fourth year as a member of the NFL's American Conference. They also experienced their two seasons with the most losses ever, winning just two of fourteen games in both 1963 and 1964.[3]

The Broncos have been AFC West champions eleven times, and have also earned wild card berths into the playoffs seven times. They have been conference champions six times and Super Bowl champions twice. However, the Broncos did not make the AFL playoffs prior to the merger in 1970. As of the end of the 2011 season, the Broncos have played over 800 regular and post-season games in 52 seasons, and have appeared in the post-season eighteen times.[3]

Seasons

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any post-season play.

Super Bowl Champions (1970–present)Conference ChampionsDivision ChampionsWild Card Berth
Official NFL records as of April, 2012
AFL/NFL SeasonTeam's season[3]LeagueConferenceDivisionRegular seasonPost-season resultsAwards[4][5][6][7][8][9]
FinishWinsLossesTies
19601960AFLWest4th491
19611961AFLWest3rd3110
19621962AFLWest2nd770Jack Faulkner (Coach of the Year)
19631963AFLWest4th2111
19641964AFLWest4th2111
19651965AFLWest4th4100
19661966AFLWest4th4100
19671967AFLWest4th3110
19681968AFLWest4th590
19691969AFLWest4th581
1970a1970NFLAFCWest4th581
19711971NFLAFCWest4th491
19721972NFLAFCWest3rd590
19731973NFLAFCWest3rd752John Ralston
19741974NFLAFCWest2nd761
19751975NFLAFCWest2nd680
19761976NFLAFCWest2nd950
19771977NFLAFCWest1st1220Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers)
Won Conference Championship (Raiders)
Lost Super Bowl XII (Cowboys)
Red Miller (AFC Coach of the Year)

Craig Morton (Comeback Player of the Year)

19781978NFLAFCWest1st1060Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers)Randy Gradishar (Defensive Player of the Year)
19791979NFLAFCWest2nd1060Lost Wild card Playoffs (Oilers)
19801980NFLAFCWest4th880
19811981NFLAFCWest2nd1060
1982b1982NFLAFC12th270
19831983NFLAFCWest3rd970Lost Wild card Playoffs (Seahawks)
19841984NFLAFCWest1st1330Lost Divisional Playoffs (Steelers)
19851985NFLAFCWest2nd1150
19861986NFLAFCWest1st1150Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots)
Won Conference Championship (Browns) c
Lost Super Bowl XXI (Giants)
1987d1987NFLAFCWest1st1041Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers)
Won Conference Championship (Browns) e
Lost Super Bowl XXII (Redskins)
John Elway (NFL MVP)
19881988NFLAFCWest2nd880
19891989NFLAFCWest1st1150Won Divisional Playoffs (Steelers)
Won Conference Championship (Browns)
Lost Super Bowl XXIV (49ers)
Dan Reeves (AFC Coach of the Year)
19901990NFLAFCWest5th5110
19911991NFLAFCWest1st1240Won Divisional Playoffs (Oilers)
Lost Conference Championship (Bills)
Dan Reeves (AFC Coach of the Year)

Mike Croel (Defensive Rookie of the Year)

19921992NFLAFCWest3rd880
19931993NFLAFCWest3rd970Lost Wild card Playoffs (Raiders)
19941994NFLAFCWest4th790
19951995NFLAFCWest3rd880
19961996NFLAFCWest1st1330Lost Divisional Playoffs (Jaguars)Terrell Davis (Offensive Player of the Year)
19971997NFLAFCWest2nd1240Won Wild card Playoffs (Jaguars)
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chiefs)
Won Conference Championship (Steelers)
Won Super Bowl XXXII (Packers)
Terrell Davis (Super Bowl MVP)
19981998NFLAFCWest1st1420Won Division Playoffs (Dolphins)
Won Conference Championship (Jets)
Won Super Bowl XXXIII (Falcons)
Terrell Davis (NFL MVP)
(Offensive Player of the Year)

John Elway (Super Bowl MVP)

19991999NFLAFCWest5th6100
20002000NFLAFCWest2nd1150Lost Wild card Playoffs (Ravens)Mike Anderson (Offensive Rookie of the Year)
20012001NFLAFCWest3rd880
20022002NFLAFCWest2nd970Clinton Portis (Offensive Rookie of the Year)
20032003NFLAFCWest2nd1060Lost Wild card Playoffs (Colts)
20042004NFLAFCWest2nd1060Lost Wild card Playoffs (Colts)
20052005NFLAFCWest1st1330Won Division Playoffs (Patriots)
Lost Conference Championship (Steelers)
20062006NFLAFCWest3rd970
20072007NFLAFCWest2nd790
20082008NFLAFCWest2nd880
20092009NFLAFCWest2nd880
20102010NFLAFCWest4th4120
20112011NFLAFCWest1st880Won Wild card Playoffs (Steelers) (OT)
Lost Division Playoffs (Patriots)
Tim Tebow (GMC Never Say Never Award)[10]

Von Miller (Defensive Rookie of the Year)

20122012NFLAFCWest1st1330Lost Division Playoffs (Ravens)
Total41937510(1960–2012, includes only regular season)
1817--(1960–2012, includes only playoffs)
43739210(1960–2012, includes both regular season and playoffs; 2 NFL Championships)


^a As a result of the AFL-NFL Merger, the league was broken into two conferences, with the AFL teams moving into the American Football Conference.[11]

^b Due to the 1982 strike-shortened season, the league was broken up into two conferences instead of its normal divisional alignment.[12]

^c This game included The Drive, where Elway led the Broncos on a 98 yard drive to tie the game with less than a minute left.[13]

^d The strike of 1987 reduced the regular season schedule from sixteen to fifteen games.[12]

^e This game included The Fumble where Browns running back Earnest Byner fumbled at the Broncos 3-yard line, enabling the Broncos to win the game.[14]

References

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