Nashville, TN – This is the 42nd all-time meeting between the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos, two of the eight charter members of the American Football League. The Titans lead the series with a 23-17-1 record, including a 22-15-1 record in the regular season and 1-2 mark in the playoffs.
While they met twice per year in nine out of 10 AFL seasons (1960-69), these two franchises have seen little of each other in recent history. Outside of a pair of preseason games (1998 and 2006), they have played just six times since the Titans moved to Tennessee.
Most recently, the Titans and Broncos squared off at Nissan Stadium on December 11th, 2016. In a game that featured 180 rushing yards by the Titans and 350 passing yards by the Broncos, the Titans outlasted the defending Super Bowl champions for a 13-10 victory.
The Titans defense produced three sacks and recovered two fumbles—the second of which came in the final minute to seal the victory. The Broncos were limited to 18 total rushing yards—the fifth-lowest total ever allowed by the Titans/Oilers defense.
On December 8th, 2013, the last time the Titans visited Mile High, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Matt Prater set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal in a 51-28 Broncos victory. In the aerial attack, Manning accounted for the second highest number of attempts (59) and completions (39) against the Titans in the franchise’s history.
The Broncos have won two out of three playoff meetings between the clubs. Dan Pastorini and Earl Campbell led the then-Oilers to a 13-7 Wild Card win in 1979 and would eventually fall in the AFC Championship Game that season to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oilers and Broncos also played in Divisional Playoff games following the 1987 and 1991 seasons, with quarterback John Elway leading the Broncos to victory both times.
Most Recent Matchups
2010 Week 4 • Oct. 3, 2010 • BRONCOS 26 at Titans 20
With 1:31 remaining in regulation and trailing 23-20, Tennessee muffs a kickoff and Denver takes over, kicking a 36-yard field goal with 33 seconds left. The teams go score-for-score throughout most of the game, including a Rob Bironas 55-yard field goal as time expires in the first half to tie the game at 10-10. Titans take the lead in the third quarter when Marc Mariani returns a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Despite a 20-16 advantage entering the fourth, Tennessee’s offense sputters late and Denver capitalizes.
2011 Week 3 • Sept. 25, 2011 • Broncos 14 at TITANS 17
Matt Hasselbeck completes game-winning touchdown pass to Daniel Graham with less than five minutes remaining. Hasselbeck is 27-of-36 passing for 311 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Will Witherspoon seals the win with a late interception. The Titans overcome 11 penalties. Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt goes out with a knee injury
in second quarter.
2013 Week 14 • Dec. 8, 2013 • Titans 28 at BRONCOS 51
The Broncos storm back after the Titans take a 21-10 lead in the first half, accumulating 24 unanswered points and scoring on seven consecutive drives. Kickoff temperature of 18 degrees makes it the fourth-coldest game in Titans/Oilers history. Peyton Manning completes 39 of 59 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns, while Matt Prater sets an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal for the Broncos. Justin Hunter catches four passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick for 114 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown. The Titans rush for three first-half touchdowns, including two by Shonn Greene.
2016 Week 14 • Dec. 11, 2016 • Broncos 10 at TITANS 13
The Titans rush for 180 yards on 42 carries, including a one-yard touchdown run by DeMarco Murray on the Titans’ first drive. The Broncos score 10 points in the fourth quarter after the Titans build a 13-0 lead in the first half. The Titans recover two fumbles on defense, including a game clinching recovery by Daimion Stafford in the final minute (forced by Avery Williamson). Trevor Siemian passes for 334 yards for Denver, but the Broncos are limited to 18 rushing yards on nine carries.