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1997 Denver Broncos (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Western Division 12-4-0 .750
Head Coach: Mike Shanahan
LinebackersFrank Bush
Assistant Offensive Line/Assistant Strength and ConditioningBarney Chavous
Special TeamsRick Dennison
Defensive BacksEd Donatell
Defensive LineGeorge Dyer
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive LineAlex Gibbs
Wide ReceiversMike Heimerdinger
Offensive Coordinator/QuarterbacksGary Kubiak
Tight EndsBrian Pariani
Offensive AssistantRicky Porter
Defensive CoordinatorGreg Robinson
Assistant Strength and ConditioningGreg Saporta
Defensive AssistantRick Smith
Pass Rush SpecialistJohn Teerlinck
Running BacksBobby Turner
Strength and ConditioningRich Tuten
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat7/26/1997HBuffalo Bills31-10WDenver, COMile High Stadium69739
Mon8/4/1997NMiami Dolphins19-38LMexico City, MexicoEstadio Guillermo Canedo104629
Sat8/9/1997ACarolina Panthers23-13WCharlotte, NCEricsson Stadium68296
Sun8/17/1997ANew England Patriots21-31LFoxborough, MAFoxboro Stadium55354
Sat8/23/1997HSan Francisco 49ers31-17WDenver, COMile High Stadium69847
Sun8/31/1997HKansas City Chiefs19-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium75600
Sun9/7/1997ASeattle Seahawks35-14WSeattle, WAKingdome55859
Sun9/14/1997HSt. Louis Rams35-14WDenver, COMile High Stadium74338
Sun9/21/1997HCincinnati Bengals38-20WDenver, COMile High Stadium73871
Sun9/28/1997AAtlanta Falcons29-21WAtlanta, GAGeorgia Dome48211
Mon10/6/1997HNew England Patriots34-13WDenver, COMile High Stadium75821
Sun10/19/1997AOakland Raiders25-28LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum57006
Sun10/26/1997ABuffalo Bills23-20WOTOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium78458
Sun11/2/1997HSeattle Seahawks30-27WDenver, COMile High Stadium74212
Sun11/9/1997HCarolina Panthers34-0WDenver, COMile High Stadium71408
Sun11/16/1997AKansas City Chiefs22-24LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium77963
Mon11/24/1997HOakland Raiders31-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium75307
Sun11/30/1997ASan Diego Chargers38-28WSan Diego, CAQualcomm Stadium54245
Sun12/7/1997APittsburgh Steelers24-35LPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium59739
Mon12/15/1997ASan Francisco 49ers17-34LSan Francisco, CA3Com Park68461
Sun12/21/1997HSan Diego Chargers38-3WDenver, COMile High Stadium69632
Sat12/27/1997HJacksonville Jaguars42-17WDenver, COMile High Stadium74481AFC Wild Card Playoff
Sun1/4/1998AKansas City Chiefs14-10WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium76965AFC Divisional Playoff
Sun1/11/1998APittsburgh Steelers24-21WPittsburgh, PAThree Rivers Stadium61382AFC Championship
Sun1/25/1998HGreen Bay Packers31-24WSan Diego, CAQualcomm Stadium68912Super Bowl XXXII
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
57Allen AldridgeMLB6'125425Houston1616
83Flipper AndersonWR6'017432UCLA40
27Steve AtwaterFS6'321831Arkansas1515
3Scott BentleyK5'1120523Florida State10
34Tyrone BraxtonSS5'1118733North Dakota State1616
6Bubby BristerQB6'320535Tulane; Louisiana-Monroe10
70Jamie BrownOT6'831825Florida A&M112
56Keith BurnsLB6'224025Navarro JC; Oklahoma State160
59Glenn CadrezLB6'224327Chaffey JC; Houston160
89Dwayne CarswellTE6'326325Liberty162
86Byron ChamberlainTE6'124726Missouri; Wayne State (Nebraska)100
39Ray CrockettLCB5'1018430Baylor1616
30Terrell DavisHB5'1120825Long Beach State; Georgia1515
63David Diaz-InfanteOG6'329633San Jose State167
33Dedrick DodgeS6'218630Florida State161
1Jason ElamK5'1119827Hawaii150
7John ElwayQB6'321437Stanford1616
82David GambleWR6'119026New Hampshire20
23Darrien GordonRCB5'1118827Stanford1616
85Willie GreenWR6'419031Mississippi161
29Howard GriffithFB6'023230Illinois1513
75Brian HabibROG6'729533Washington1414
96Harald HasselbachDE6'628430Washington163
22Vaughn HebronRB5'819427Virginia Tech161
21Randy HilliardCB5'1116430Northwestern State (Louisiana)140
81Patrick JeffersWR6'321824Virginia100
23Darrius JohnsonCB5'918324Oklahoma160
72Ernie JonesDT-DE6'225526Oregon10
77Tony JonesROT6'529031Western Carolina1616
8Jeff LewisQB6'221324Northern Arizona30
97Mike LodishDT6'327430UCLA160
31Derek LovilleRB5'1020829Oregon160
37Anthony LynnRB6'323029Texas Tech160
87Ed McCaffreyWR6'521529Stanford1515
26Tim McKyerCB6'017434Texas-Arlington161
51John MobleyRLB6'123524Kutztown1616
66Tom NalenC6'328526Boston College1616
62Dan NeilOG6'228324Texas30
95Michael Dean PerryRDT6'128532Clemson98
93Trevor PryceDT6'529022Michigan; Clemson83
99David RichieDT6'427824Washington20
53Bill RomanowskiLLB6'424131Boston College1616
16Tom RouenP6'322429Colorado State; Colorado160
58Steve RussLB6'424525Air Force140
76Mark SchlerethLOG6'327831Idaho1111
84Shannon SharpeTE6'223229Savannah State1616
42Detron SmithFB5'1023023Texas A&M160
90Neil SmithLDE6'427131Nebraska1413
80Rod SmithWR6'019927Missouri Southern State1616
74Harry SwayneOT6'529532Rutgers70
98Maa TanuvasaDT6'227127Hawaii155
94Keith TraylorLDT6'231828Coffeyville CC; Central Oklahoma1616
32Tony VelandS6'120724Nebraska120
91Alfred WilliamsRDE6'626429Colorado1616
65Gary ZimmermanLOT6'628936Oregon1414
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Trevor Pryce128DTClemson
Dan Neil367GTexasfrom STL/NYJ
Cory Gilliard4124DBBall State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals107140137853
Opponents Totals3410068850
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals32:07340138172309221742.471643.81161006
Opponents Totals27:5325883145306520731.481942.11301118
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTX2X2AFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Jason Elam04646100.000263672.20124
Terrell Davis15003300096
Rod Smith12000000072
Ed McCaffrey8000000048
Darrien Gordon4000000024
Shannon Sharpe3001200020
Willie Green2000000012
Scott Bentley044100.0002366.7010
Steve Atwater100000006
Tyrone Braxton100000006
Dwayne Carswell100000006
John Elway100000006
Vaughn Hebron100000006
Darrius Johnson100000006
Derek Loville100000006
John Mobley100000006
Detron Smith100000006
Keith Traylor100000006
Alfred Williams100000006
Team Totals555050100.045283971.80472
Opponents Totals353535100.000141973.70287
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Scott Bentley2366.70/01/11/10/10/0
Jason Elam263672.20/010/1110/123/83/5
Team Totals283971.80/011/1211/133/93/5
Opponents Totals141973.70/04/43/54/43/6
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Terrell Davis36917504.750t1599514
Vaughn Hebron492224.546112110
John Elway502184.423113107
Derek Loville251245.01716000
Howard Griffith9343.8902000
Rod Smith5163.22103100
Detron Smith4102.51101000
Bubby Brister420.5201000
Jeff Lewis520.4500000
Team Totals52023784.650t181388211
Opponents Totals38118034.782t10831747
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPFDG20+G40+RTG
John Elway50228055.821136357.213.078275.4112.2342033432169521087.5
Jeff Lewis2150.012110.521.02100.000.0171411087.5
Bubby Brister9666.73485.38.01500.000.0004820079.9
Team Totals51328755.921537047.212.978275.3112.1352103494172531087.4
Opponents Totals52629055.121831666.010.969t203.8183.444298286814535571.5
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTDFDG20+G40+FUM
Shannon Sharpe72110715.468t3491831
Rod Smith70118016.97812541573
Ed McCaffrey4559013.135832900
Terrell Davis422876.825011200
Willie Green1924012.631212300
Dwayne Carswell12968.024t14200
Howard Griffith11555.02003100
Detron Smith44110.317t12000
Vaughn Hebron33612.02102200
Patrick Jeffers3248.01001000
Byron Chamberlain2189.0901000
Derek Loville2105.0700000
Anthony Lynn12121.02101100
Tom Nalen1-1-1.0-100000
Team Totals287370412.9782717253104
Opponents Totals290316610.969t201453553
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Tyrone Braxton411328.3431
Darrien Gordon46416.032t1
Ray Crockett4184.5100
Steve Atwater24221.022t1
Keith Traylor16262.062t1
John Mobley11313.013t1
Bill Romanowski177.070
Tim McKyer100.000
Team Totals1831917.762t5
Opponents Totals1119317.555t1
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20OOBDNRYDSNYDSNET
Tom Rouen60259843.3570422310235228338.1
Team Totals60259843.3570422310235228338.1
Opponents Totals94409143.5730916555335635.7
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PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
Darrien Gordon402254313.694t3633
Rod Smith101212.0120000
Team Totals412255513.594t3623
Opponents Totals26172359.083t1
KICKOFFSNOYDSAVGOBTBRETRETYTDOSAOSR
Jason Elam87572765.808791647000
Scott Bentley749771.0016119000
Tom Rouen422055.000461000
Team Totals98644465.809891827000
Opponents Totals5412030
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTDG20+G40+FUM
Vaughn Hebron430100923.54602821
Derek Loville5013627.2610311
Keith Burns404511.3180000
Byron Chamberlain101313.0130001
Detron Smith1000.000000
Team Totals540120322.36103133
Opponents Totals890182720.5770
SACKSNOYDS
Neil Smith8.5
Maa Tanuvasa8.5
Alfred Williams8.5
John Mobley4.0
Darrien Gordon2.0
Trevor Pryce2.0
Bill Romanowski2.0
Keith Traylor2.0
Harald Hasselbach1.5
Steve Atwater1.0
Mike Lodish1.0
Tim McKyer1.0
Tyrone Braxton0.5
David Richie0.5
(Team)1.0
Team Totals44.0298.0
Opponents Totals35.0210.0
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Steve Atwater0002200
Tyrone Braxton00033450
Dwayne Carswell0001100
Byron Chamberlain100000
Terrell Davis4202-70
Dedrick Dodge0001100
John Elway11101-210
Darrien Gordon331400
Howard Griffith0010100
Vaughn Hebron110100
Darrius Johnson0001161
Mike Lodish0001100
Derek Loville100000
Ed McCaffrey0011200
John Mobley0001100
Mark Schlereth0010100
Shannon Sharpe100000
Rod Smith310100
Tony Veland0010100
Alfred Williams00011511
Team Totals2513121325742
Opponents Totals27131310233
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