Recent History Of The AFC West

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Broncos vs. Chargers

(week 2, September 2008)

This game was a shoot-out the entire way. Both teams went back and fourth scoring touchdown after touchdown until we found ourselves in the fourth quarter with the Broncos trailing the Chargers 31-38. The Broncos had the ball and were marching down the field until Jay Cutler fumbled the ball. All hope seemed lost for Denver until, on what in my opinion was, a very bad call. The referees called it an incomplete pass, not a fumble.

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan reacts against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

This gave the Broncos another chance, and they seized the moment. Jay Cutler threw a 4-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal to make the game 38-37. Now any sensible coach would kick the extra point and hope for the best in overtime. Mike Shanahan is not a traditionally sensible coach though. He’s a risk taker, and a risk he did take when he went for the two-point conversion.

Cutler hit Royal again on the same route from the touchdown and the conversion worked like a charm. The Broncos won 39-38 but only because of a little luck and a lot of help from the refs there in the fourth quarter.

Those are just a few of my favorite games throughout the history of the division and they all go to show no matter who is playing in the AFC West, it’s going to be a good game. Now I could have gone on to write a 100-page memoir describing every great game that has ever been played in our amazing conference so there are obviously many more than the ones I just listed.

Feel free to give me some feedback in the comments on what some of your favorite moments in AFC West history are, and enjoy the Chiefs playing against the Chargers this Sunday, it’s sure to be another good one!