SAN DIEGO (CBS4) – The last time the Broncos lost on the road in the division was in Oakland.
Dec. 19, 2010, the team was led by interim head coach Eric Studesville.
Josh McDaniels was fired two weeks prior after a dismal loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City, 10-6.
And Tim Tebow was under center, throwing for 138 yards and rushing for 78 more, in place of the benched Kyle Orton.
It’d be a lie to say the season began with promise, when the team went 8-8 the previous year.
But 2010 was far removed from the glory of 2009.
The Broncos went 4-12 on the season, finishing dead last in the division behind the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs (10-6), the San Diego Chargers (9-7), and the Oakland Raiders (8-8).
The team managed to beat the Chiefs at home midway through the season, but was swept by all of them on the road, and lost the other two divisional games at home.
About the only thing that made the season worth the beating was the draft to follow.
In the 2011 NFL entry draft, the Broncos selected LB Von Miller, Texas A&M, second overall, with other starters to follow.
Rahim Moore, Orlando Franklin, Julius Thomas and Virgil Green were also all selected by the Broncos in that draft.
Under new head coach John Fox, the 2011 Broncos turned it around, winning the division and going to the playoffs with an 8-8 record.
Three years later they were in the Super Bowl, and a couple of more years after that they won it all.
And Von Miller was the MVP.