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1986 AFC Championship

  • By Jim Trotter Special to NFL.com
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"The Drive" put John Elway into his first Super Bowl.


Broncos 23, Browns 20 (OT)
Cleveland -- Jan. 11, 1987 -- This game has gained its place in postseason memoirs because of "The Drive," the 98-yard, touchdown-producing march capped by John Elway’s 5-yard pass to Mark Jackson with 37 seconds to go in regulation.

That catch tied the game at 20-20 and silenced Cleveland’s normally raucous "Dawg Pound." In the extra period, Rich Karlis kicked a 33-yard field goal to send Denver to Super Bowl XXI, where they lost to the Giants.

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