Game Day History: January 11

1986 Season (1/11/1987)

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.

The Drive from the NFL Game Book
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