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titan
04-06-2010, 05:56 AM
#3 on my list of Greatest All Time Bronco Plays:

Jim Turner, high tops and all, scores a surprise touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in what I rate as the most important regular season win in Bronco history.

Going into this game the two teams were each 4-0. The Raiders were coming off a Super Bowl Championship and were at their peak. "I don't think anyone can beat the Raiders right now," veteran sportscaster Charlie Jones said before this matchup.

The Raiders scored on their first possession of the game, but Denver battled back to take a 14-7 lead. Just before halftime the Broncos lined up for a long field goal when they pulled off the key play of the miracle 1977 season:

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This play, and this game, changed the Oakland/Denver rivalry forever. The Broncos humiliated the Raiders this day. The Broncos laughed at them. "It's all over fat man!" Tom Jackson taunted Raider Coach John Madden as the Broncos won 30-7.

As a long time Raider hater this play is my favorite in the Denver/Oakland rivalry, and that's why I rate it so high on my list. The headline in the Denver Post tells the story of how big a victory this was for the Broncos:

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Next: The only play on my list from the 1960's, and my 2nd best Bronco play ever at that.

barryr
04-06-2010, 06:48 AM
And it happened in Oakland too, in a Bronco blowout win. Hard to beat that.

B-Love
04-06-2010, 07:49 AM
great one titan, as that is one of the two top plays in 77.

But I actually think Tommy Jackson's Interception of Bert Jones and return for the TD was a slightly bigger play. We blew Oakland out, and probably still beat them handily even if we kick or miss Turner's FG.

But the week 11 matchup was between 9-1 Denver and 9-1 Baltimore for home field in the AFC. Morton threw two TD's to Dolbin and Upchurch to stake us out 14-0. But Baltimore scored the next 13 points and trailed by one with the ball at our 35 yard line or so.

Instead of taking the lead on us, Baltimore trailed by 8 points when Jackson took the ball 70+ yards for the TD of the season.

There were SOOOOOO many great moments in '77. The top 4 would have to be Turner's TD, the TJ Interception, the late 4th down TD pass from Morton to Moses at San Diego and the late goalline stand at Kansas City.

I would have to rank TJ's pick as the top one!!

Los Broncos
04-06-2010, 08:12 AM
Good stuff Titan, thanks again.

loborugger
04-06-2010, 10:40 AM
Didnt Stabler throw 7 INTs in that game? How the HELL do you throw 7 INTs in one game?

Los Broncos
04-06-2010, 10:41 AM
Didnt Stabler throw 7 INTs in that game? How the HELL do you throw 7 INTs in one game?

Ask Jay Cutler.

titan
04-06-2010, 12:59 PM
B-Love - yes Tom Jackson's interception against the Colts was huge in 77. It was later in the season and did have a bigger impact on the Broncos success that year.

I picked the Turner play in part because of the message it sent to the Raiders. With that play, and that game, the Broncos were saying to the Raiders "**** you, you can't push us around anymore!" I've heard interviews with players from the 77 team on how Red Miller emphasized getting tough with the Raiders.

I'm sure there are lots of opinions on the top bronco plays of all time - my list is not meant to be the definitive list, just the opinion of this long time bronco fan. It's been fun reviewing the highlights!

great one titan, as that is one of the two top plays in 77.

But I actually think Tommy Jackson's Interception of Bert Jones and return for the TD was a slightly bigger play. We blew Oakland out, and probably still beat them handily even if we kick or miss Turner's FG.

But the week 11 matchup was between 9-1 Denver and 9-1 Baltimore for home field in the AFC. Morton threw two TD's to Dolbin and Upchurch to stake us out 14-0. But Baltimore scored the next 13 points and trailed by one with the ball at our 35 yard line or so.

Instead of taking the lead on us, Baltimore trailed by 8 points when Jackson took the ball 70+ yards for the TD of the season.

There were SOOOOOO many great moments in '77. The top 4 would have to be Turner's TD, the TJ Interception, the late 4th down TD pass from Morton to Moses at San Diego and the late goalline stand at Kansas City.

I would have to rank TJ's pick as the top one!!

BroncoLifer
04-06-2010, 04:31 PM
I think Turner should have been fined for that excessive celebration.

Hogan11
04-06-2010, 05:01 PM
Love it.

Tombstone RJ
04-06-2010, 05:12 PM
Great stuff. Seems like such a long time ago...

spdirty
04-06-2010, 05:15 PM
Next: The only play on my list from the 1960's, and my 2nd best Bronco play ever at that.

Im guessing the Floyd Little play right after Saban fired him.

Hogan11
04-06-2010, 05:15 PM
Best road uni's of all time

Bronco Rob
04-07-2010, 03:50 AM
:thumbsup: