DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by Robert Ayers #91 of the Denver Broncos with help from Ryan McBean #98 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos opened their 2004 season with high hopes -- after having made the playoffs in 2003 -- by hosting division rival Kansas City on September 12, 2004. Though the Broncos fell behind early 7-0 in the first quarter, they battled back for a 17-7 lead at the half. Denver scored twice in the fourth quarter with the score tied 24-24 to win their season opener 34-24. In that game, Denver running back Quentin Griffin exploded for 156 yards on 23 carries -- a 6.8 yard per carry average -- and scored two touchdowns.
Bronco Birthdays: G Paul Howard (1973-86) is 62. OL Jim Juriga (1988-90) is 48.