Take a photographic trip through the series history between the Broncos and the Raiders.
With news that the NFL has approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams and possibly the San Diego Chargers (if they choose to do so), it's worth revisiting the Broncos' history in the City of Angels.
To be sure, it's not a glorious history. The Broncos won just four games out of 16 games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the Raiders from 1982 to 1994, the Chargers in their inaugural 1960 season and the Rams from 1946 to 1979. Denver also fell to the Rams in two of three games when it played at Anaheim Stadium, home of the Rams from 1980 to 1994.
The Broncos also played one game in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl in Super Bowl XXI against the Giants, which New York won 39-20.
Los Angeles Raiders
Broncos' record in L.A.: 3-10 in regular season (0-1 in playoffs)
After the Raiders moved from their previous Oakland home of 22 years, the rivalry with the Broncos continued without missing a step, flourishing with more of the customary heated battles that fans saw previously. The games were consistently close matches, occasionally spilling into overtime, but beginning in 1988, Denver lost each of those games in Los Angeles until the Raiders returned to Oakland.
Dec. 26, 1982: Raiders 27, Broncos 10
Nov. 13, 1983: Raiders 22, Broncos 20
Oct. 28, 1984: Broncos 22, Raiders 19 (OT)
Nov. 24, 1985: Raiders 31, Broncos 28 (OT)
Nov. 2, 1986: Broncos 21, Raiders 10
Nov. 22, 1987: Broncos 23, Raiders 17
Dec. 4, 1988: Raiders 21, Broncos 20
Dec. 3, 1989: Raiders 16, Broncos 13 (OT)
Sept. 9, 1990: Raiders 14, Broncos 9
Sept. 8, 1991: Raiders 16, Broncos 13
Nov. 22, 1993: Raiders 24, Broncos 0
Jan. 2, 1994: Raiders 33, Broncos 30 (OT)
Jan. 9, 1994: Raiders 42, Broncos 24
Dec. 11, 1994: Raiders 23, Broncos 13
Los Angeles Chargers
Broncos' record in L.A.: 0-1
Dec. 10, 1960: Chargers 41, Broncos 33
Before the Chargers moved to San Diego prior to the 1961 season, they hosted the Broncos once in each franchise's inaugural season. The Broncos' early history is not quite as illustrious as the Chargers', though. From 1960 to 1965, the Broncos totaled 22 wins and peaked with a 7-7 season in 1962. In that same time frame, the Chargers went to five AFL championship games and won one with head coach Sid Gillman guiding them to their great start from a 10-4 opening season.
So with that in mind, that the Broncos kept pace with the Chargers and held the lead heading into the fourth quarter was impressive. Ring of Fame kicker, halfback and kick returner Gene Mingo contributed 21 points (four field goals, one rushing touchdown, three extra points); Ring of Fame quarterback Frank Tripucka threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns; and Ring of Fame wide receiver Lionel Taylor had nine receptions, 171 receiving yards and one touchdown.
However, the Chargers were resilient. They erased a 10-point first-quarter deficit and in the fourth quarter down six, San Diego scored the final two touchdowns to get an eight-point victory.
Los Angeles Rams
Broncos' record in L.A.: 2-2
Nov. 12, 1972: Broncos 16, Rams 10
Key contributors: Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little had 116 all-purpose yards and Ring of Fame kicker Jim Turner added three field goals.
Dec. 12, 1982: Broncos 27, Rams 24
Key contributors: Quarterback Steve DeBerg threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, wide receiver Steve Watson pulled in 10 catches for 183 yards and Ring of Fame receiver Rick Upchurch added 68 receiving yards and a touchdown to give the Broncos their only win at Anaheim Stadium.
Sept. 8, 1985: Rams 20, Broncos 16
Key contributors: Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, defensive back Steve Foley had two interceptions and defensive end Rulon Jones had two sacks.
Nov. 6, 1994: Rams 27, Broncos 21
Key contributors: Elway threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, but the Broncos' comeback attempt came up short in the final season of the Rams' first Southern California run.