On this day in 1987, “The Drive” occurred. It was a 15 play 98 yard drive capped off by a Mark Jackson 5 yard touchdown catch from John Elway as the Broncos tied the game 20-20. Rich Karlis kicked a 33 yard field goal in Overtime to win the AFC Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.
With 5:32 remaining in the game, Denver got the ball at the 2 yard line. 15 plays later, Elway lines up and hits Jackson for the touchdown. During the drive, Elway was 6/9 78 yards, an 8 yard sack and 20 yards rushing. Sammy Winder had 3 carries for 8 yards with none more important than his the first third down conversion on 3rd & 2 from the Denver 10.
Elway finished the game 22/38 for 244 yards, the touchdown and an interception to go with 56 yards rushing on 4 attempts. Winder was the leading rusher with 83 yards on 26 carries. Gereald Willhite (3-0) added a 1 yard TD run. Steve Watson led the team in receiving with 55 yards on 3 catches.
Ricky Hunley and Jim Ryan picked off Bernie Kosar passes and Rulon Jones tallied a sack of Kosar. Jones, Louis Wright and Karl Mecklenburg each tabbed 7 total tackles during the contest.
Karlis added field goals of 19 and 26 yards to go with his game winner of 33.
The Drive from the NFL Gamebook.