Dec 6, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway walks onto the field during the second half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Denver won 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
#1-Tie: January 11th, 1998
The Denver Broncos traveled to Three Rivers Stadium to take on the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. The Broncos were on the road of redemption through the playoffs as they were looking to win against teams that beat them during the 1997 season.
They started off with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who bounced them from the playoffs one year ago. Then they beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead to avenge a loss on a game winning field goal.
The final stop before the Super Bowl was against the Steelers, who beat them at Three Rivers Stadium just one month ago. Levon Kirkland was a terror to Howard Griffin in the regular season meeting. However, Griffin would team up with Terrell Davis to take down the strong inside linebacker.
The Steelers jumped out to a 14-7 lead. The Broncos would score first on Davis’ touchdown run, but the Steelers scored 14 unanswered points thanks to Kordell Stewart and Jerome Bettis.
The Broncos would bounce back, as they would lead a charge that resulted in 17 unanswered points. That would give the Broncos a 24-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Broncos defense had their backs against the wall as they allowed a Steelers touchdown with under three minutes left. With the offense taking the field at their own ten yard line, the biggest play of the game came on a John Elway pass to Shannon Sharpe on a 3rd and Six.
The first down conversion made sure that the Steelers would not get the ball back as the Broncos went on to win the game 24-21, which would follow with the first Super Bowl Championship two weeks later.
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