It’s Super Bowl week and since the Denver Broncos aren’t in it and the fifth anniversary of their Super Bowl 50 victory actually lands on Super Sunday this year, we figured it might be fun to take a trip down memory lane this week.
We’re going to look back on the five best games from that season each day this week, then end talking about Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
The first game to make the Top 5 list was early on in the season in a prime time thriller in Week 2 when the Broncos hit the road to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was a Thursday Night Football game the Broncos were not favored in and early on it appeared as though the Chiefs were the better team. Up 14-0, Peyton Manning finally got into a groove with less than five minutes left in the half. He would find Emmanuel Sanders on a quick slant who flipped into the end zone to break the scoreless offensive output in the game for Denver.
On the very next play on offense by the Chiefs, Alex Smith was intercepted by Aqib Talib to set Denver up with an easy touchdown conversion to tie things up just before halftime.
Fast forward to two minutes left in the fourth quarter and things went super crazy. Down 24-17, Manning again came alive to lead the offense down the field hitting Emmanuel Sanders at the goal line on third down to tie the game with 36 seconds left in the game.
It looked like the game was going to go into overtime, but that 2015 Broncos defense was one like few others in NFL history. Brandon Marshall knocked the ball out of Jamaal Charles’ hands where it bounced right into Bradley Roby’s hands who returned it 23 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
The best part of this win besides the 2-0 start was how it happened in front of tens of thousands of Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium. Now, here we are 5+ years later and this game remains the last time Denver has beaten Kansas City in any venue. Hopefully that streak ends in 2021.
For a full review of the game highlights, check out this YouTube video. Of course, we’ll always have this rendition of the ending to that game to enjoy.