Originally Posted by errand
That '77 defense was so good, they trailed the eventual SB winning Cowboys 13-3 at halftime despite the offense turning the ball over like 7 times in the first half....
one has to wonder what might have been had the Broncos capitalized on the early Cowboy mistakes.....not to mention had the more nimble Norris Weese played more than 1 1/2 qtrs.
i completely agree errand.
in my opinion that was the best defense ever.
their points allowed per game were lower than the '85 bears, '89 niners, and pretty much every other defense one could point to.
their ability to create turnovers was only top five that year STATISTICALLY, but their ability to create a TIMELY turnover was legendary.
their yards allowed per rush and yards allowed per pass were also amazing.
the '00 ravens were more dominant on PAPER, but a quick look at their schedule compared with the BRUTAL schedule of the '77 broncos is all you need to see. that year we played both dallas and pittsburgh in the regular season and also had to play san diego and oakland (both with AMAZING offenses) twice each.
ive watched that '77 superbowl game MANY times since it happened, and it gives me nightmares every time.
i do NOT think dallas was the better team.
butch johnson did NOT catch that pass in the endzone, and replay wouldve killed that score.
morton was so banged up he could barely walk, and red kept him in their too long before getting norris weese in there (who promptly led us to our only td of the game)
we turned the ball over SIX times in the first half and STILL were in the game.
that was a dream season, and though we were all just happy to be in the superbowl, in hindsight we shouldve won the darn thing.