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On This Day in Broncos History: October 23

When was the Broncos first come back win when trailing 24-0?

Patrick Smith

October 23, 1960: Denver played in a game which, if we were to look only at the team statistics, we would assume the Broncos lost -- they surrendered 211 yards on 34 rushes (or 6.2 yards per rush), 233 yards on 33 attempts (or 6.8 yards per attempt, and since there were only 15 catches -- 15.5 yards per catch), they turned the ball over 6 times (2 interceptions and 4 fumbles) and trailed 24-0 at the 11:59 mark of the third quarter.

This was a game played when Denver hosted the Boston Patriots. The Broncos got on the board with 2:51 left in the third quarter when QB Frank Tripucka hit RB Al Carmichael for a 21-yard touchdown. After Boston fumbled the ensuing kick off, Tripucka connected with WR Bill Jessup for a 19-yard touchdown with 0:57 left in the quarter. With 9:11 left in the fourth quarter, Tripucka completed a pass to WR Lionel Taylor in the flat at the Denver 45. Taylor lateraled to Al Carmichael at the Boston 45 and Carmichael took it the rest of the way for the score, to make it a 24-21 game. The Patriots’ next possession ended in an interception and Tripucka hit Taylor in the end zone with 8:13 left in the game to take a 28-24 lead. Boston was intercepted for the second consecutive possession and Denver turned that take away into a field goal and a 31-24 lead with 5:49 left in the game. After an exchange of punts, Boston had one last chance to score but the Broncos intercepted the Patriots in the end zone to end the game. Thus we see an improbable statistical performance turned into a come from behind win.

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