Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/9/14

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Any Denver Broncos fan over the age twelve in 1997 would tell you, the victory in Super Bowl XXXII was the greatest sports moment they had ever experienced before or since. Super Bowls are typically filled with big time plays and this one was no different.  The Broncos were 14 point underdogs to the defending champion Green Bay Packers and played out the role in true Hollywood fashion – and John Mobley would ultimately be the heroin that saved the day.

Situation: Super Bowl XXXII.  4th down a 6 with victory on the line for 4 time Super Bowl losing franchise Denver Broncos.

The Play: Regular season NFL MVP, Brett Favre, takes a shot for the first down that was thrown a little behind the tight end, enabling John Mobley to knock the pass down and Broncos fans everywhere into euphoria.

It is hard to describe the emotions many of us old timers felt at that moment, but there will be little argument from us about the fact that no single moment in Broncos history ever matched it and I doubt any ever will. John Elway summed it up best when he said (and I am paraphrasing a bit), “The Broncos will win more after this one, but they’ll never compare to this first one.”  

I agree wholeheartedly having grown up in Northern California and suffering through all of the catcalls at school from 49ers and Raiders fans about the hapless Broncos losing Super Bowl after Super Bowl. The vindication and jubilation were oddly mixed into a single tear-filled emotional breakdown – for me anyway. The irony for me is that I never really caught all of the calls and commentary immediately after the game because I was screaming and hollering for so long, but thanks to NFL Films, I’ve gotten to relive this moment time and again.  And it never gets old.

The greatest defensive play in Denver Broncos history occurs at the 8 minute mark in the video below, but feel free to watch it in its entirety as the earlier parts of the video is a perfect backdrop that shows why this play will always be the greatest.

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