ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In recognition of Von Miller's unanimous selection to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team, I'm taking a look back at Miller's best games as a Bronco.
With 112.5 sacks (including the postseason) over the past nine years, there's plenty of games from which to choose.
These 10 games, though, stand out to me:
10. Broncos at Raiders, 2015
Miller recorded just one sack in a 16-10 win over the Raiders, but he changed the tone of the game. Trailing 7-3 early in the third quarter, Miller strip-sacked Derek Carr and sparked a 13-0 run by the Broncos. Miller ranked the play among his all-time favorites during a 2018 interview with DenverBroncos.com.
9. Broncos vs. Chiefs, 2016
In a "Sunday Night Football" game against the Chiefs, Miller recorded one of his five career three-sack games to give the Broncos a defensive edge against Kansas City. It seemed the Broncos would earn a home victory over the Chiefs that night, but a late comeback by Alex Smith and Co. thwarted the Broncos' hopes. Miller also recorded 10 total tackles, four tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.
8. Broncos at Bengals, 2012
Miller's first career three-sack game came in Week 8 of his second season. En route to an 18.5-sack year — the highest total of his career — Miller brought down Andy Dalton three times and also posted three tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.
7. Broncos vs. Chargers, 2012
Two weeks after his three-sack game against the Bengals, Miller posted another against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Miller has sacked Rivers more than any other quarterback in his career, as he's taken down the former Chargers quarterback on 16 occasions. Miller also forced two fumbles in the Broncos' 30-23 win. For the second time in his career, he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
6. Broncos vs. Seahawks, 2018
In the 2018 season opener, Miller took over the game and helped the Broncos earn a 27-24 win. Miller tallied three sacks, seven tackles, three tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. His most impressive moment may have come when he ripped the ball out of Chris Carson's hands during a run play.
5. Broncos at Cardinals, 2018
The Broncos' 45-10 win over the previously 1-5 Cardinals wasn't Denver's most high-profile moment of the decade, but Miller's performance is elevated because of the stakes. Ahead of the game, Miller repeatedly guaranteed that the Broncos would "whoop their [expletive]." He delivered, as he recorded two sacks, four quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
4. Broncos at Patriots, 2013
On a national stage, he sacked Tom Brady twice, hit him four times and returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown. Miller was dominant as the Broncos jumped out to a 24-0 lead at halftime. The Broncos failed to hold onto the lead, which prevents this game from being higher up on the list.
3. Broncos vs. Colts, 2016
Miller continued his strong start to the Broncos' title defense by recording three sacks, seven tackles, four quarterback hits and a tackle for loss. He also made the game-sealing play when he strip-sacked Andrew Luck on the Colts' last-minute chance to win the game. Shane Ray scooped the loose ball up and scored a touchdown to secure a 34-20 win. Miller earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after this win, too.
2. 2015 AFC Championship
Miller's dominant performance against Brady and the Patriots was arguably better than his encore a couple of weeks later. In the AFC Championship, Miller hit Brady four times, sacked him 2.5 times and also picked him off. Miller's interception set the Broncos up in the red zone as they went up 14-6. The Broncos hit Brady 17 times, and Miller's knockdowns made the biggest impact.
1. Super Bowl 50
On the game's biggest stage, Miller recorded 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. In the matchup between the first-overall pick (Cam Newton) and second-overall pick (Miller) from 2011, Miller got the best of Newton. Miller's first forced fumble created the Broncos' first touchdown of the game, and his second one essentially sealed the Broncos' win. Miller became just the 10th defensive player in Super Bowl history to win MVP honors. It remains his crowning achievement.