CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: A fan of the Green Bay Packers watches on before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Though the Packers came into existence in 1919 as the semi-pro Indian/Acme Packers, they didn't join the entity that would later become the NFL until 1921. It would be fifty years before the Broncos and the Packers would face off for the first time. On September 26, 1971 Green Bay would complete only five passes (from three different quarterbacks) that day at Milwaukee County Stadium, but that was more than enough to beat Denver, 13-34.
This Sunday's match-up falls just six days shy of this game's fortieth anniversary. Denver was coming off of an embarrassing five win season just the year before - see any similarity? Also worth noting, two different quarterbacks would play, Steve Ramsey and Don Horn. Could we see something like that this weekend?
Follow me after the jump to find out more about notable games in this series.
September 29, 1975
The Broncos Win On Monday Night!
The Broncos first appeared on Monday Night Football in 1973 in an epic match-up against the Oakland Raiders that ended in a tie. Back in those days that was as good as a victory since up until then, Denver had an incredibly poor record against the silver and black. After that, it was all downhill. The Broncos lost in 1974 to both the Chiefs and Redskins. However, in 1975 Denver would win its first Monday Night Football game - against the Packers.
Ring of Famers had a big night. Jim Turner was the big scorer of the night accounting for 11 points. While LB Randy Gradishar had a 44-yard interception for a touchdown. WR Jack Dolbin also made his presence known with a 10-yard touchdown reception from QB Steve Ramsey.
This weekend's game will be three days shy of the 36th anniversary of this win.
October 15, 1984
The Bronco Blizzard
In the 200th Monday Night Football game, the Packers came to Mile High Stadium amid a raging blizzard. Though it snowed over a foot that night and the temperature dipped to just twenty-nine degrees, 62,546 fans made their way to the game. To start, the Packers fumbled their two opening possessions which were both returned for touchdowns by Steve Foley and Louis Wright respectively. Combined with a (barefoot) Rich Karlis field goal; the Broncos triumphed over the Pack, 17-14.
January 25, 1998
"This One's For John"
I don't really need to say anything for this one:
October 29, 2007
Toro #2 - All For Naught
In the first game of the 2007 season against the Buffalo Bills, Jason Elam and the rest of the field goal unit executed a play called "Toro." With no timeouts and with the clock expiring, the Broncos scrambled onto the field and kicked the game winning field goal. Such a thing had never been seen before in Broncos Country... Until it happened again just a few weeks later - against the Packers - though Elam's 21-yard field goal would send this game into overtime. Unfortunately, on the very first play of outside of regulation, Brett Favre hit WR Greg Jennings for a soul crushing and game ending 82-yard touchdown pass. Though exciting, Toro #2 would be all for naught. This was the last meeting between the Packers and Broncos.
With most of our injured starters coming back this weekend, there's a possibility that Sunday's game could be another one for the ages. What do you think? Are the Broncos going to win this one?