Friday, May 20, 2011

Signature Moments In Broncos History: "It's all over, Fat Man!"

The Denver Broncos -- one of the original eight franchises of the American Football League (AFL) -- played their first season in 1960. Denver struggled early on while their rivals, Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City found considerable success.

It wasn't until 1973 that the team was finally competitive, in fact, the team found themselves heading into week five against the Raiders with a 4-0 record. Over the span of their last 28 meetings, Denver held 2-26 against Oakland, and they again fell behind early 7-0.

Denver would go on to score 30 unanswered points and win the game. Broncos Ring of Fame linebacker Tom Jackson headed to Oakland's bench and their Head Coach, John Madden. As he approached, Jackson recalls shouting, "It's all over, Fat Man! That's it, it's done!" The Broncos, led by their Orange Crush defense, would go on to their first playoff appearance and eventually the Super Bowl.

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