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Amazing Fourth Quarter Comebacks by John Elway and the Denver Broncos
With John Elway at the helm, the Denver Broncos were always in the game. While arguably his most famous play, The Helicopter, is what changed the momentum that lead to the Broncos' win over the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XXXII in 1998, John Elway earned his nickname, The Comeback Kid, from his 47 fourth-quarter comebacks. Here are some of the most spectacular Bronco fourth quarter drives under Elway's leadership.
1. The Broncos trailed the Baltimore Colts going into the fourth quarter on December 11, 1983 at Mile High Stadium. Elway made up for his rocky rookie season and earned his nickname The Comeback Kid during the fourth quarter of that game as he threw for three touchdown passes for Denver's 21-19 win over the Colts, including one touchdown pass for 26-yards to Gerald Willhite with 44-seconds left to go.
2. With five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Broncos were down 20-13 to the Cleveland Browns on January 11, 1987 at Cleveland Stadium. Starting on their own 2-yard line, Elway drove the Broncos 98-yards to an eventual Mark Jackson touchdown to tie the game. A Rich Karlis field goal in overtime won the game, 23-20. The Drive earned them a spot in Super Bowl XXI.
3. The Kansas City Chiefs get an upset defeat on October 4, 1992 at Mile High Stadium. Down 19-6 with 1:98 left in the fourth quarter, Elway threw one touchdown pass to Mark Jackson and another to Vance Johnson to beat the Chiefs 20-19.
4. With 6-seconds left in the game, the Broncos were tied against the Washington Redskins 31-31 on September 17, 1995. John Elway threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Rod Smith to win the game. The catch was Smith's first catch and touchdown as an NFL player.
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