Broncos vs. Raiders: Best Games at Mile High

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Nov 15, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the helmet of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) on the sidelines before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

#1- January 1st, 1978

For the Denver Broncos, the 1977 season was a big year for the franchise. It marked the first time the team made the playoffs in franchise history. In the 1978 AFC Championship Game, the Broncos would face off against their rivals at Mile High.

After defeating the Steelers in the divisional round, the Broncos got the Raiders for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Both of these teams were only separated by one game record wise, so it figured to be a huge game.

The Raiders would open up the scoring on a field goal to open up a 3-0 lead. But Craig Morton would find Haven Moses for a 74 yard touchdown that would begin a series of 14 unanswered points.

Jon Keyworth would score on a one yard touchdown in the third quarter to end the unanswered streak as the Raiders would score on a Ken Stabler touchdown pass to make it 14-10 Broncos in the fourth quarter. The team would answer right back as the Craig Morton-Haven Moses connection worked yet again to give the Broncos a 20-10 lead.

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The Raiders would score another touchdown to make it close on another Ken Stabler touchdown. However, the Raiders would not be able to complete the comeback as the Broncos held strong to defeat the Raiders 20-17.

The win would give the Broncos their first ever AFC Championship Victory and their first appearance in the Super Bowl. However, the Broncos’ great season would come to a heartbreaking end at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII.