October 12, 1986 -- This date in 1986 was the first time that the Broncos won a game on October 12 -- and only the third time that Denver had played on that date. It was the Broncos' sixth straight win to open the 1986 season. It was the second win over a division rival that season.
The 5-0-0 Broncos had traveled to San Diego to take on the 1-4-0 Chargers. The Chargers opened the scoring taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. They would not score again until the last score of the game in the fourth quarter. In between San Diego's two touchdowns, the Broncos ran up 31 points. First, Sammy Winder scored on a 1-yard run. Kicker Rich Karlis added a field goal to give Denver a 10-7 lead at the half. Gerald Willhite scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 3-yard pass from John Elway in the third quarter. Willhite scored his second on a 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Denver's final score came when DB Mike Harden returned a San Diego punt 41-yards for a touchdown.
Broncos Birthdays: C Dan Koppen turns 33 today.