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On This Day in Broncos History: December 4

The Magic Number 100

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

December 4, 1988 - On this day, Denver QB John Elway threw the 100th touchdown pass of his career. The Broncos had taken a 7-6-0 record into Los Angeles to face the 6-7-0 Raiders. Denver fell behind 7-0 after one quarter and 14-0 at the half. In the third quarter, the Raiders returned an interception for a touchdown to take a 21-0 lead. The Broncos chipped away at that lead with two Rich Karlis field goals to trail 21-6. Following a Raider fumble with 3:41 left in the third quarter, Elway put together a solid drive.

Denver started at the Los Angeles 47-yard line. Elway passed to Tony Dorsett for 9 yards, then to Sammy Winder for 4. Winder lost a yard on a run, then Elway hit Mark Jackson for a gain of 9. An incomplete pass was nullified by an offensive holding call. On 3rd and 12 from the Los Angeles 36-yard line, Elway and Jackson connected for a gain of 16. Elway next hit Vance Johnson for a 6-yard gain. He then executed a QB sneak for 7 yards. Winder gained a yard on a run.

Then on 2nd and Goal from the Los Angeles 6-yard line, Elway connected with TE Clarence Kay for the touchdown and his 100th career touchdown pass was in the books.