September 9th, 1960 – The Denver Broncos Get Their First Win


Most NFL franchises have a number of games in their history that they can point to as key victories, but none are as important as the first victory in the franchise’s history.

The Denver Broncos began as a franchise in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. Fans of the team didn’t have to wait long to celebrate their first victory, as the team won their very first game.

The Broncos would go on to only win three more games that season and finish 4-9-1, but that first victory was the start of many to come. They played the Boston Patriots that day and defeated them 13-10. The Broncos’ two touchdowns would come on long plays, the first a 59 yard pass from Frank Tripucka to Al Carmichael and the second a 76 yard punt return from Gene Mingo, after which the extra point kick was missed. The Broncos leading rusher on the day was Gene Mingo who rushed eight times for 66 yards, six other players ran the ball during the game.

It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day the Broncos were 1-0.

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