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Super Bowl Snapshot: Denver Broncos

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Denver Broncos

RECORD: 15-3, AFC West champions

COACH: John Fox; 112-89 overall at Carolina and Denver; 2-1 in playoffs with Broncos

The 58-year-old Fox held nine jobs in his first nine years in the profession before breaking through as New York Giants defensive coordinator in 1997. He spent five seasons in that role before taking over as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, a title he had for nine seasons. He was hired by the Denver Broncos in 2011 on the heels of a 2-14 campaign with the Panthers. Fox coached in two previous Super Bowls -- in a loss with the Giants to the Baltimore Ravens (XXXV in 2001) and the Panthers' loss (XXXVIII) to the New England Patriots in 2004.

--STORY OF THE SEASON

The Broncos bring the greatest offense in NFL history to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII, and Denver has the records to prove it.

Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens, and Denver never stopped scoring.

Manning and the Broncos became the highest-scoring team in NFL history, averaging 37.9 points per game in the 2013 regular season. Manning established records with 55 regular-season touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards.

The Broncos broke out to a 6-0 start before a loss at Indianapolis in an emotional return to Lucas Oil Stadium for Manning. Epic shootouts along the way -- 51-48 at Dallas and a 34-31 loss at New England -- exposed shortcomings for a defense held together by veteran free agents, such as defensive end Shaun Phillips and cornerback Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Outside linebacker Von Miller missed the first six games serving a suspension and was lost for the season to a torn ACL on Dec. 22, joining left tackle Ryan Clady and defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on injured reserve. Cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) rarely played a prominent role because of injuries and top cover man Chris Harris (ACL) landed on injured reserve with the knee injury suffered in the divisional playoff victory over San Diego.

Manning kept the Broncos pointed toward the top seed in the AFC despite the changes in personnel and coach John Fox's impromptu absence. Fox left the team for 31 days -- he underwent open-heart surgery on Nov. 4 to replace his aortic valve and was back to work on Dec. 2 -- leaving defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to run the team on an interim basis.

Running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball combined for 1,597 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns and the Broncos had five receivers with 60-plus receptions, led by Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (92 receptions, 1,430 yards, 14 touchdowns) and wide receivers Eric Decker (87-1,288-11) and Wes Welker (73-778-10).

A new go-to weapon emerged Week 1, tight end Julius Thomas, who caught 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. The former Portland State basketball star caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens.

--2013 RESULTS

9/5/2013: W, 49- 27, Baltimore Ravens

9/15/2013: W. 41- 23. at New York Giants

9/23/2013: W, 37- 21, Oakland Raiders

9/29/2013: W, 52- 20, Philadelphia Eagles

10/6/2013: W, 51- 48, at Dallas Cowboys

10/13/2013: W, 35-19, Jacksonville Jaguars

10/20/2013: L, 33-39, at Indianapolis Colts

10/27/2013: W, 45- 21, Washington Redskins

11/10/2013: W, 28- 20, at San Diego Chargers

11/17/2013: W, 27- 17, Kansas City Chiefs

11/24/2013: L, 31- 34, at New England Patriots

12/1/2013: W, 35- 28, at Kansas City Chiefs

12/8/2013: W, 51- 28, Tennessee Titans

12/12/2013: L, 20- 27, San Diego Chargers

12/22/2013: W, 37- 13, at Houston Texans

12/29/2013: W, 34- 14, at Oakland Raiders

POSTSEASON

AFC Divisional Playoffs: 1/12/2014: W, 24- 17, San Diego Chargers

AFC Championship: 1/19/2014: W, 26-16, New England Patriots

---PLAYOFF HISTORY: Denver won the AFC title for the seventh time and has two Super Bowl victories (XXXII in 1997 and XXXIII in '98).

---2013 REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS

Offense: 1st (457.3 yards per game)

Scoring: 1st (37.9 points per game)

Passing: 1st (340.3 yards per game)

Rushing: 15th (117.3 yards per game)

Defense: 19th (356 ypg)

Scoring: 22nd (24.9 ppg)

Passing: 27th (254.4 ypg)

Rushing: 7th - tied (101.6 ypg)

Sacks: 41 (Shaun Phillips, 10.0)

--PLAYERS ON INJURED RESERVE

C Dan Koppen

FS Quinton Carter

LT Ryan Clady

LB Lerentee McCray

DE Quanterus Smith

LB Stewart Bradley

OL John Moffitt

FS Rahim Moore

DT Kevin Vickerson

LB Von Miller

CB Chris Harris

DT Derek Wolfe

2013 CUMULATIVE REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

Denver Opponent

Total First Downs 435 339

Rushing 107 90

Passing 293 208

Penalty 35 41

3rd Down: Made/Att 95/205 83/218

3rd Down Pct. 46.3% 38.1%

4th Down: Made/Att 8/9 4/15

4th Down Pct. 88.9% 26.7%

Possession Avg. 30:06 29:54

Total Net Yards 7317 5696

Avg. Per Game 457.3 356.0

Total Plays 1156 1074

Avg. Per Play 6.3 5.3

Net Yards Rushing 1873 1626

Avg. Per Game 117.1 101.6

Total Rushes 461 420

Net Yards Passing 5444 4070

Avg. Per Game 340.3 254.4

Sacked/Yards Lost 20/128 41/290

Gross Yards 5572 4360

Attempts/Completions 675/461 613/357

Completion Pct. 68.3% 58.2%

Had Intercepted 10 17

Punts/Average 66/43.8 89/46.1

Net Punting Avg. 38.2 39.5

Penalties/Yards 117/1000 97/807

Fumbles/Ball Lost 27/16 25/9

Touchdowns 76 47

Rushing 16 15

Passing 55 29

Returns 5 3

Score By Periods

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Pts

Broncos 130 158 135 183 0 606

Opponents 64 128 104 100 3 399

Scoring

TD Ru Pa Rt PAT FG 2Pt Pts

M.Prater 0 0 0 0 75/75 25/26 0 150

D.Thomas 14 0 14 0 0/0 0/0 0 84

K.Moreno 13 10 3 0 0/0 0/0 0 78

J.Thomas 12 0 12 0 0/0 0/0 0 72

E.Decker 11 0 11 0 0/0 0/0 0 66

W.Welker 10 0 10 0 0/0 0/0 0 60

M.Ball 4 4 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 24

A.Caldwell 3 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0 18

T.Holliday 2 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0 12

J.Tamme 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6

J.Dreessen 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6

D.Rodgers-Cromartie 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6

S.Johnson 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6

R.Hillman 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6

P.Manning 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 6

V.Miller 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0 6

Team 76 16 55 5 75/75 25/26 0 606

Opponents 47 15 29 3 44/44 23/26 1 399

2-Pt. Conversions: Team 0/ 1, Opponents: 1/ 3

Sacks: S.Phillips 10.0, M.Jackson 6.0, R.Ayers 5.5, V.Miller 5.0, D.Wolfe 4.0, T.Knighton 3.0, D.Trevathan 2.0, S.Williams 2.0, W.Woodyard 1.5, K.Vickerson 1.0, N.Irving 1.0 Team: 41.0, Opponents: 19.0

Rushing

No. Yds Avg Long TD

K.Moreno 241 1038 4.3 31 10

M.Ball 120 559 4.7 45 4

R.Hillman 55 218 4.0 19 1

C.Anderson 7 38 5.4 11 0

D.Bruton 1 35 35.0 35 0

T.Holliday 1 7 7.0 7 0

A.Caldwell 1 7 7.0 7 0

B.Osweiler 3 2 0.7 4 0

P.Manning 32 -31 -1.0 1t 1

Team 461 1873 4.1 45 16

Opponents 420 1626 3.9 35 15

Receiving

No. Yds Avg Long TD

D.Thomas 92 1430 15.5 78t 14

E.Decker 87 1288 14.8 61 11

W.Welker 73 778 10.7 33 10

J.Thomas 65 788 12.1 74t 12

K.Moreno 60 548 9.1 35t 3

J.Tamme 20 184 9.2 15 1

M.Ball 20 145 7.3 31 0

A.Caldwell 16 200 12.5 36 3

R.Hillman 12 119 9.9 19 0

V.Green 9 45 5.0 10 0

J.Dreessen 7 47 6.7 14 1

C.Anderson 0 0 0 0 0

Team 461 5572 12.1 78t 55

Opponents 357 4360 12.2 82t 29

Interceptions

No. Yds Avg Long TD

D.Rodgers-Cromartie 3 75 25.0 75t 1

D.Trevathan 3 29 9.7 29 0

C.Harris 3 1 0.3 1 0

R.Moore 2 18 9.0 18 0

K.Webster 1 10 10.0 10 0

M.Adams 1 3 3.0 3 0

S.Phillips 1 3 3.0 3 0

T.Knighton 1 2 2.0 2 0

W.Woodyard 1 0 0.0 0 0

T.Carter 1 0 0.0 0 0

Team 17 141 8.3 75t 1

Opponents 10 131 13.1 59t 2

Punting

No Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B

B.Colquitt 65 2893 44.5 38.8 3 23 60 1

Team 65 2893 43.8 38.8 3 23 60 1

Opponents 87 4100 46.1 40.4 8 32 66 2

Punt Returns

Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD

T.Holliday 32 11 271 8.5 81t 1

W.Welker 10 2 70 7.0 27 0

E.Decker 1 2 2 2.0 2 0

T.Carter 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

Team 44 15 343 7.8 81t 1

Opponents 28 25 274 9.8 51 0

Kickoff Returns

No. Yds Avg Long TD

T.Holliday 28 775 27.7 105t 1

A.Caldwell 6 141 23.5 34 0

O.Bolden 2 44 22.0 25 0

M.Unrein 1 8 8.0 8 0

M.Jackson 1 6 6.0 6 0

J.Tamme 1 0 0.0 0 0

Team 39 974 25.0 105t 1

Opponents 32 936 29.3 108t 1

Field Goals

1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+

M.Prater 2/ 2 4/ 4 5/ 5 8/ 8 6/ 7

Team 2/ 2 4/ 4 5/ 5 8/ 8 6/ 7

Opponents 0/ 0 6/ 6 9/ 10 6/ 8 2/ 2

Fumbles Lost

P.Manning 6, M.Ball 3, T.Holliday 2, E.Decker 1, D.Trevathan 1, R.Hillman 1, W.Welker 1, T.Carter 1 Total: 16

Opponent Fumble Recoveries: D.Ihenacho 2, D.Trevathan 1, D.Wolfe 1, S.Williams 1, Q.Jammer 1, M.Adams 1, T.Knighton 1, V.Miller 1 Total: 9

Passing

Att Cmp Yds Cmp% Yds/Att TD TD% Int Int% Long Sack Lost Rating

P.Manning 659 450 5477 68.3% 8.3 55 8.3% 10 1.5% 78t 18/ 120 115.1

B.Osweiler 16 11 95 68.8% 5.9 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 19 2/ 8 84.1

Team 675 461 5572 68.3% 8.3 55 8.1% 10 1.5% 78t 20/ 128 114.4

Opponents 613 357 4360 58.2% 7.1 29 4.7% 17 2.8% 82t 41/ 290 84.5
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