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On This Day in Broncos History: October 6

When was the only time the Broncos scored 50 points in a game?

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October 6, 1963 - The 1-2-0 Broncos were hosting the 3-0-0 San Diego Chargers. The red hot Chargers came into town and quickly established a 13-3 lead by the end of the first quarter. Denver was able to close the gap to 20-17 by halftime. The Broncos then took charge of the game. Three Gene Mingo field goals (41, 26 and 13 yards) gave Denver a 26-20 lead by the end of the third quarter. A San Diego touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Chargers a 27-26 lead. Then Denver's offense and defense went to work. A 49-yard touchdown pass from QB John McCormick to WR Lionel Taylor restored the lead to Denver at 33-27. RB Donnie Stone next scored on a 39-yard touchdown scamper -- Denver 40, San Diego 27. DB Goose Gonsoulin made sure the defense contributed to the scoring by returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown and a 47-27 lead. The Chargers rallied for one more score to cut the deficit to 47-34 but Mingo added one last field goal to give the Broncos their first, and so far only, 50-point game. Final score: Broncos 50, Chargers 34.

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