|1998 Denver Broncos season|
|Head coach||Mike Shanahan|
|General manager||John Beake|
|Offensive coordinator||Gary Kubiak|
|Defensive coordinator||Greg Robinson|
|Home field||Mile High Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Dolphins) 38–3|
Won AFC Championship (vs. Jets) 23–10
Won Super Bowl XXXIII (vs. Falcons) 34–19
|Pro Bowlers||QB John Elway |
RB Terrell Davis
WR Ed McCaffrey
TE Shannon Sharpe
T Tony Jones
C Tom Nalen
LB Bill Romanowski
G Mark Schlereth
FS Steve Atwater
K Jason Elam
|AP All-Pros||RB Terrell Davis (1st team)|
TE Shannon Sharpe (1st team)
WR Ed McCaffrey (2nd team)
K Jason Elam (2nd team)
The 1998 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League, and the 39th overall. The Broncos entered the season as the defending Super Bowl champions and looked to become only the fifth team in league history to win consecutive Super Bowls.
Finishing with a record of 12-4 the previous year, the Broncos improved on that mark by two wins and tied the Atlanta Falcons for second best record at 14-2. They won their first thirteen games, the best start since the unbeaten 1972 Dolphins.
After sixteen seasons, John Elway retired following the Super Bowl. He finished his Broncos career with 51,475 yards passing and 300 touchdowns. Until Peyton Manning won in Super Bowl 50, Elway stood as the only Broncos quarterback to win a Super Bowl. However, Elway even played a large role in that victory as the general manager and president of football operations for the Broncos.
Running back Terrell Davis set a team single season rushing mark. His final total was 2,008 yards, making him only the fourth player to rush for over 2,000 yards in single season.
In 2007, the 1998 Broncos were ranked as the 12th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions .
|1998 Denver Broncos draft|
|1||30||Marcus Nash||Wide receiver||Tennessee|
|2||61||Eric Brown||Safety||Mississippi State|
|3||91||Brian Griese *||Quarterback||Michigan|
|4||122||Curtis Alexander||Running back||Alabama|
|5||153||Chris Howard||Running back||Michigan|
|7||219||Nate Wayne||Linebacker||Ole Miss|
|Made roster * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||TV Time(MT)||TV Announcers||Game site||Record||Attendance|
|1||September 7||New England Patriots||W 27–21||ABC 6:20pm||Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser||Mile High Stadium||1–0|
|2||September 13||Dallas Cowboys||W 42–23||FOX 2:15pm||Pat Summerall, John Madden, and Pam Oliver||Mile High Stadium||2–0|
|3||September 20||at Oakland Raiders||W 34–17||CBS 2:15pm||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum||3–0|
|4||September 27||at Washington Redskins||W 38–16||CBS 11:00am||Verne Lundquist, Randy Cross, and Michele Tafoya||FedExField||4–0|
|5||October 4||Philadelphia Eagles||W 41–16||FOX 2:15pm||Pat Summerall, John Madden, and Don Tollefson||Mile High Stadium||5–0|
|6||October 11||at Seattle Seahawks||W 21–16||CBS 2:15pm||Verne Lundquist, Randy Cross, and Michele Tafoya||Kingdome||6–0|
|8||October 25||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 37–24||CBS 2:15pm||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Mile High Stadium||7–0|
|9||November 1||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 33–26||CBS 11:00am||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Cinergy Field||8–0|
|10||November 8||San Diego Chargers||W 27–10||CBS 2:15pm||Kevin Harlan & Sam Wyche||Mile High Stadium||9–0|
|11||November 16||at Kansas City Chiefs||W 30–7||ABC 6:20pm||Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser||Arrowhead Stadium||10–0|
|12||November 22||Oakland Raiders||W 40–14||CBS 2:15pm||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Mile High Stadium||11–0|
|13||November 29||at San Diego Chargers||W 31–16||ESPN 6:15pm||Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, Paul Maguire, and Solomon Wilcots||Qualcomm Stadium||12–0|
|14||December 6||Kansas City Chiefs||W 35–31||CBS 2:15pm||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Mile High Stadium||13–0|
|15||December 13||at New York Giants||L 16–20||CBS 11:00am||Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, and Armen Keteyian||Giants Stadium||13–1|
|16||December 21||at Miami Dolphins||L 21–31||ABC 6:20pm||Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, and Lesley Visser||Pro Player Stadium||13–2|
|17||December 27||Seattle Seahawks||W 28–21||CBS 2:15pm||Kevin Harlan & Sam Wyche||Mile High Stadium||14–2|
|(1) Denver Broncos||14||2||0||.875||501||309||W1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||327||363||W1|
|San Diego Chargers||5||11||0||.313||241||342||L5|
|Round||Date||TV Time||Opponent||Result||Game site||Record||Attendance|
|Divisional Playoffs||January 9, 1999||CBS 2:15 pm MT||Miami Dolphins||W 38–3||Mile High Stadium||15–2|
|AFC Championship||January 17, 1999||CBS 2:15 pm MT||New York Jets||W 23–10||Mile High Stadium||16–2|
|Super Bowl XXXIII||January 31, 1999||FOX 4:25 pm MT||Atlanta Falcons||W 34–19||Pro Player Stadium||17–2|
Despite a subpar performance from Quarterback John Elway, the Broncos come from a ten-point deficit to score twenty three unanswered points, thanks in large part to the Jets turning the ball over an astonishing six times.
The Denver Broncos become the third team in the last 9 years to repeat as Super Bowl champions, along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. John Elway was voted Super Bowl MVP.
The Broncos won their first 13 games of the season. There was much speculation that they might finish 19–0and the Broncos were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated . However, they were upset by the New York Giants (who would end another attempt at a 19–0 season nine seasons later) in week 15 by a score of 20–16. They finished the regular season 14–2 after losing to the Dolphins in their first encounter with that team since 1985.
They finished first in the AFC West and won their divisional playoff game against the Miami Dolphins 38–3 for their first win over the Dolphins since 1968.They then won the AFC Championship over the Bill Parcells coached New York Jets 23–10 after coming back from a 10–0 deficit. Many had expected Denver to play the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl, the team with the number one record that year at 15–1, but the Vikings lost the NFC Championship Game to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.
The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34–19 in Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway was the Super Bowl MVP and Davis rushed for over 100 yards. It was Elway's last game, and Denver would not reach the Super Bowl again until the 2013 season.
The Broncos had 3,808 yards passing, sixth in the league. They had 2,468 yards rushing, second in the league and 26 rushing touchdowns, first in the league. They had 6,276 total yards, third best.
They gave up 3,983 passing yards, a low 28 out of 30 in the NFL, but were third in rushing yards given up with 1,287. They gave up 5,270 yards, 12th in the NFL. They scored 501 points, second in the league and gave up 309, eighth fewest in the league.
The team's 14–2 record is currently their best 16-game record in franchise history.
Elway threw for 2,806 yards for the season, 22 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Davis rushed for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rod Smith had 86 receptions for 1,222 yards and six touchdowns. Ed McCaffrey had 64 receptions for 1,053 yards. Shannon Sharpe had 64 receptions for 768 yards. Jason Elam kicked 23 out of 27 field goals and 58 out of 58 extra points including a 63-yard field goal to tie Tom Dempsey with the longest field goal in NFL history at that time. The record has since been eclipsed by another Denver Bronco (Matt Prater). Steve Atwater, Davis, Elway, Tony Jones, Mark Schlereth, McCaffrey, Tom Nalen, Bill Romanowski, and Sharpe made the Pro Bowl.
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