|9/9||at los angeles raiders||9-14|
|9/17||kansas city chiefs||24-23|
|9/30||at buffalo bills||28-29|
|10/21||at indianapolis colts||27-17|
|11/4||at minnesota vikings||22-27|
|11/11||at san diego chargers||7-19|
|11/22||at detroit lions||27-40|
|12/2||los angeles raiders||20-23|
|12/9||at kansas city chiefs||20-31|
|12/16||san diego chargers||20-10|
|12/23||at seattle seahawks||12-17|
|12/30||green bay packers||22-13|
The year when everything went wrong
“Can the Broncos snap out of their Super Bowl stupor?” read the headline in Sports Illustrated’s August 13, 1990, edition.
After the Broncos’ first two Super Bowl defeats, they rebounded with vigor, winning the AFC West in 1978 and the conference in 1987. The third Super Bowl loss was followed by an 8-8 finish in which they missed the playoffs by just one game, but didn’t quit. In fact, their motivation was so strong in Week 16 that they knocked the New England Patriots out of the postseason with a season-ending win.
But 1990 was different.
It was a year that was so exasperating that in November, local radio sportscaster Rich “G-Man” Goins promised to live on a Colfax Avenue billboard until the Broncos won, staying up there until the Broncos snapped a six-game skid.
Only two wins in the last three games ended a 1-9 run and saved the Broncos from further embarrassment.
But the decline was short-lived. A year later, the Broncos were back atop the AFC West — with another memorable playoff win in their back pocket.