Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the game between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns dubbed “The Drive.” I take a look at the game 30 years later.
On January 11th, 1987, the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns engaged in a huge game to determine who would go to Super Bowl XXI.
This AFC Championship Game had it all. The Broncos and Browns had some excellent defense and both teams were led by two great quarterbacks.
John Elway and Bennie Kozar led their teams into a historic game. It was, at the time, the best moment in Denver Broncos history.
Well, until the Super Bowl wins that is. But this moment still is up there for most Broncos fans.
When this game was played, I was not yet born. So, all I heard about this game was from other fans experiences and sights.
I was so happy to hear that the NFL had added the game onto its YouTube channel. So, in honor of the anniversary, I watched it today.
It was such a sight to behold, watching it for the first time.
The hits, the runs, passes, and the thrill of a playoff game. It truly was a back and forth exchange between two of the best teams in the AFC at the time.
During “The Drive,” I felt myself getting nervous on every pass, every third down, and every bone-crushing hit that Cleveland was producing.
Of course, the Denver Broncos had some bone-crushing hits as well.
When Mark Jackson caught the touchdown to tie the game, I jumped for joy. It was an amazing feeling.
Stopping the Browns drive in overtime, I had a gut feeling that the Denver Broncos were going to do something amazing on their drive.
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John Elway did not disappoint as the team drove down the field and the kick by Rich Karlis to win the game looked as if it sailed wide.
But seeing the players celebrate was when I knew. The Broncos were going to the Super Bowl.
It was amazing being able to see the game for the first time. And now I know why it is so high up on everyone’s favorite game ever.
Happy Anniversary “The Drive”