1998 Denver Broncos season

1998 Denver Broncos season
Head coach Mike Shanahan
General manager John Beake
Owner Pat Bowlen
Home field Mile High Stadium
Record 14–2
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Dolphins) 38–3
Won Conference Championship (Jets) 23–10
Won Super Bowl XXXIII (2) (Falcons) 34–19

The 1998 Denver Broncos had a record of 14–2, second best in the NFL, and won Super Bowl XXXIII. They won their first thirteen games, the best start since the unbeaten 1972 Dolphins.

It was John Elway's final season after he had considered retiring during the off-season and Terrell Davis ran for 2,008 yards, making him only the fourth player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a 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.


NFL Draft

The Broncos drafted Tennessee wide receiver Marcus Nash with the 30th overall pick and Michigan Quarterback Brian Griese in the 3rd round, 91st pick overall.



1998 Denver Broncos staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rich Tuten
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Barney Chavous
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Greg Saporta


1998 Denver Broncos roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Rookies in italics


Regular season


Week Date TV Time Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 7 ABC 7:00 pm MT New England Patriots W 27–21 Mile High Stadium 1–0
2 September 13 FOX 2:00 pm MT Dallas Cowboys W 42–23 Mile High Stadium 2–0
3 September 20 CBS 2:00 pm MT at Oakland Raiders W 34–17 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 3–0
4 September 27 CBS 11:00 am MT at Washington Redskins W 38–16 FedEx Field 4–0
5 October 4 FOX 2:00 pm MT Philadelphia Eagles W 41–16 Mile High Stadium 5–0
6 October 11 CBS 2:00 pm MT at Seattle Seahawks W 21–16 Kingdome 6–0
7 Bye
8 October 25 CBS 2:00 pm MT Jacksonville Jaguars W 37–24 Mile High Stadium 7–0
9 November 1 CBS 11:00 am MT at Cincinnati Bengals W 33–26 Cinergy Field 8–0
10 November 8 CBS 2:00 pm MT San Diego Chargers W 27–10 Mile High Stadium 9–0
11 November 16 ABC 7:00 pm MT at Kansas City Chiefs W 30–7 Arrowhead Stadium 10–0
12 November 22 CBS 2:00 pm MT Oakland Raiders W 40–14 Mile High Stadium 11–0
13 November 29 ESPN 6:15 pm MT at San Diego Chargers W 31–16 Qualcomm Stadium 12–0
14 December 6 CBS 2:00 pm MT Kansas City Chiefs W 35–31 Mile High Stadium 13–0
15 December 13 CBS 11:00 am MT at New York Giants L 16–20 Giants Stadium 13–1
16 December 21 ABC 7:00 pm MT at Miami Dolphins L 21–31 Pro Player Stadium 13–2
17 December 27 CBS 2:15 pm MT Seattle Seahawks W 28–21 Mile High Stadium 14–2


AFC West
(1) Denver Broncos 1420.875501309W1
Oakland Raiders 880.500288356L1
Seattle Seahawks 880.500372310L1
Kansas City Chiefs 790.438327363W1
San Diego Chargers 5110.313241342L5


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

AFC Divisional Game vs Miami Dolphins

AFC Divisional Playoff: Miami Dolphins vs Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 3 003
Broncos 14 7 31438

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 9, 1999
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 29°F, relative humidity 62°F, round (wind) 14 MPH
  • TV: ABC
Game information

First Quarter
Second Quarter
  • Mia – Olindo Mare 22 yard field goal. Broncos 14–3
  • Den – Derek Loville 11 yard rush (Jason Elam kick) Broncos 21–3
Third Quarter
  • Den – Jason Elam 32 yard field goal Broncos 24–3
Fourth Quarter

  • Dan Marino. 26-37, 243 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int
  • John Elway. 14-23, 182 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int
  • Terrell Davis. 21 rush, 199 yards, 2 TD
  • Dolphins – 3
  • Broncos – 0

AFC Championship Game vs New York Jets

AFC Championship Game: New York Jets at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 3 7010
Broncos 0 0 20323

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Date: January 17, 1999
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MDT
  • Game weather: 37°F, relative humidity 36°F, round (wind) 20 MPH
  • TV: ABC
Game information

First Quarter
  • no scoring
Second Quarter
  • NYJ – John Hall 32 yard field goal. Jets 3–0
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
  • Den – Jason Elam 35 yard field goal Broncos 23–10

  • Vinny Testaverde. 31-56, 356 yards, 0 TD, 2 Int
  • Wayne Chrebet. 8 rec, 121 yards
  • John Elway. 13-34, 173 yards, 1 TD, 0 Int
  • Terrell Davis. 32 rush, 167 yards, 1 TD
  • Jets – 6
  • Broncos – 0

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.

Super Bowl XXXIII: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 7 10 01734
Falcons 3 3 01319

at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Florida

  • Date: January 31, 1999
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 74°F, relative humidity 67%, round (wind) 11 MPH

Broncos become the third team in the last 10 years to repeat as Super Bowl champions, along with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. John Elway was voted Super Bowl MVP.

Season summary

The Denver superfan Barrel Man seen at the regular season opener at Mile High Stadium against New England

The Broncos won their first 13 games of the season. There was much speculation that they might finish 19–0[2][3] and 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.[4][5]

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.[4] 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 until the 2013 season, the last time Denver reached the Super Bowl.


Team stats

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.

Player stats

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.

Awards and records



  1. "1998 Denver Broncos starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  2. "Denver eyes 19–0, but there's no rush" in Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 16, 1998
  3. Freeman, Mike; "Chasing Perfection and Taking Questions; Voluble Broncos Are 13–0 and Ready to Talk" in New York Times, December 9, 1998
  4. 1 2 Denver Broncos v Miami Dolphins
  5. See History of the NFL's Structure and Formats for an explanation of why the Dolphins never played the Broncos between 1986 and 1997.
  6. 1 2 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 44

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