The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos meet again Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.
These two teams have a rich history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Much to the dislike of the Black & Gold contingent, the Broncos lead the all-time series 16-9-1. Here are some interesting facts and a look back at some classic games between these two storied franchises.
n No Denver quarterback (not even John Elway) has ever thrown for 300 yards against the Steelers.
n The first meeting between these two clubs was the year of the merger with Floyd Little leading the Broncos to a 16-13 victory.
n In 1974, these two teams were engaged in a shootout that eventually ended in a 35-35 tie. The Steelers passed for 348 behind the arm of Terry Bradshaw, right? Wrong. It was Joe Gilliam.
n The first playoff meeting between the Steelers and Broncos came in 1977 with the "Orange Crush" routing the Black & Gold 34-21 in Mile High.
n The Steelers returned the favor twice the following season, returning to Mile High and winning a 21-17 thriller on the last day of the regular season. Two weeks later, the Broncos came to Three Rivers Stadium for a divisional playoff and were pounded into submission, 33-10 as the Steelers were en route to their third Super Bowl title in five years.
n The Broncos returned to Pittsburgh the following season and were pounded 42-7.
n Elway's first regular-season game was a 14-10 victory over the Steelers in 1983.
n The two met again in the playoffs in 1984, with the visiting Steelers capturing a 24-17 victory. They were thumped by a Dan Marino-led Dolphins team the next week in the AFC Championship Game, 45-28.
n In 1989, they met yet again in Denver in the divisional playoff round. Steelers' wide receiver Mark Stock dropped a key third-down pass with the Steelers leading 23-17 late in the game. Elway led the Broncos on another game winning drive and the Broncos won, 24-23.
n The 1997 AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh was the second time Denver came to the Steel City that season. In October, the Steelers burned the Broncos early in route to a 35-24 victory. Kordell Stewart threw three interceptions in the rematch, as the Broncos rode off to the Super Bowl with a 24-21 win. Elway won his first Super Bowl two weeks later over Green Bay.
n The 2005 AFC Championship Game in Denver was a laugher, 34-17. Bill Cowher won his only Vince Lombardi trophy two weeks later.
As for Monday night, look for the Steelers to continue their winning streak as Big Ben throws two touchdowns and the Blitzburgh Defense grabs two interceptions from Kyle Orton. Steelers 19, Denver 13.
Andros is a frequent contributor to Voice of the Fan, often commenting on the Steelers.