Fun facts about the Denver Broncos

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KUSA - What is the most obscure fact you know about the Denver Broncos and/or the Super Bowl?

UNITED IN ORANGE: Super Bowl XLVIII Special Coverage from 9NEWS - Home of the Broncos

Each day leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, 9NEWS will unveil a fun fact about the Broncos.

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Here's something you may have not known about the Denver Broncos:

1. The tallest QB in Broncos franchise and NFL history is current Broncos backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. The second-round draft pick in 2012 draft out of Arizona State is listed at 6 feet 8 inches and is the tallest QB in Broncos history.

With Manning at the helm, fans do not see much of Osweiler, or do they? It's hard to miss him towering over other players on the Broncos sidelines. He is tied with, coincidentally, former Seahawks 1991 16th overall draft pick Dan McGwire for tallest quarterback in NFL history. Osweiler has two inches on the next tallest QB in the NFL: a seven-way tie for 6 feet 6 inches.

2. The largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history is 45 points. In 1990, the Broncos lost to the San Francisco 49ers 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV. It was the Broncos third trip to the Super Bowl in four years, all losses.

3. Former Broncos quarterback and current vice president of football operations John Elway was on the losing end of what is known as "The Play." On Nov. 20, 1982, Elway was a member of the Stanford Cardinal team that lost on a last-second kickoff return to the rival California Bears. Members of the Stanford band had come on the field, thinking the game was over. The Bears returned the kick for the touchdown after a series of laterals, and the confusion and aftermath make it one of the most memorable plays in college football history.

4. The Broncos did not make the playoffs the first 17 years as a professional franchise. The first time they made the playoffs in 1977, they advanced to Super Bowl XII before losing to the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos lost four straight playoffs games from 1978-85 before advancing to their second Super Bowl (XXI) against the Giants.

5. The Broncos Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers ended a streak of four Super Bowl losses (not consecutively) and was the first of back-to-back Super Bowl victories. The two Super Bowl victories in '97 and '98 were also the last two seasons of John Elway's career.

6. Offense wins championships? Are the Denver Broncos going to be considered "The Greatest Show on Grass?" The Broncos offense set an NFL record for most points scored in a single season (606). The Broncos 606 points surpassed the likes of the 2011 New Orleans Saints and "The Greatest Show on Turf:" the 1999 St. Louis Rams. And the Broncos did this facing the elements: the Broncos only played one game indoors as opposed to the 11 games the Saints played indoors in 2011.

7. Historic offense faces historic defense-The Broncos averaged 37.9 points per game during the 2013 regular season, trailing only the 1950 Los Angeles Rams for most points per game in the regular season. Super Bowl XLVIII will see the No. 1 offense (Broncos) face the No. 1 defense (Seahawks). The Seahawks are the first defense to lead the NFL in points allowed, yards allowed, and takeaways since the 1985 Chicago Bears. The Mike Ditka-led Bears won Super Bowl XX that year.

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