On This Day in Broncos History: September 22

Linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Steelers last possession at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 31-19. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

September 22, 1974 -- Denver hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in what would be the first game played under the NFL’s new "Sudden Death" overtime rule. QB Charley Johnson had led the Broncos to a 21-7 1st quarter lead and a 21-14 halftime lead. Pittsburgh scored twice in the third to Denver’s single score to force a 28-28 tie at the end of three quarters. The Steelers took the lead 35-28 in the fourth but Denver tied it at 35-35. The game went into the first ever overtime period. Neither team scored, preserving the tie. The most notable moment in that overtime period came when Denver safety Billy Thompson blocked a field goal attempt which would have given Pittsburgh the win.


Birthdays: DL Harald Hasselbach (1994-2000) is 45. HB-K Gene Mingo (1960-64) is 74.

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