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On This Day in Broncos History: January 4

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A Step Toward a Super Bowl Win

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January 4, 1998 - The 12-4-0, 2nd place in the AFC West Broncos -- after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-17 in a Wild Card playoff game -- traveled to Kansas City to take on the 13-3, 1st place in the AFC West Chiefs in a Divisional round playoff game. The teams had split their season series with Denver winning in Denver 19-3 in Week 1 and Kansas City winning in Kansas City 24-22 in Week 12.

After a scoreless first quarter which saw the teams exchanging punts, the Broncos got on the board first when RB Terrell Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 2:00 minutes left in the half -- capping a 65-yard, 4:51 drive. The Chiefs opened up the second half by scoring a field goal. Kansas City was not able to capitalize when Denver fumbled on their next possession. The Chiefs did break through to score on the next to last play of the third quarter to take a 10-7 lead. Denver regained the lead on the opening possession of the fourth quarter when Davis scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run. Denver held on to win the game 14-10.

This set them up to defeat the Steelers in the AFC Championship game and Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII.