The Denver Broncos open the 2002 preseason schedule against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Memorial Stadium on the campus the University of Illinois in Champaign. K i c k o ff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MDT).
This is the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams in the preseason.
RADIO / TLELVISION:
Local television coverage will be broadcast by KUSA Channel 9, with Dave Logan and Tony Zarella calling the play-by-play and color commentary. Radio coverage will be supplied by KOA 850 am, the flagship station for the Denver Broncos radio network, with Larry Zimmer handling the play-by-play and Scott Hastings providing the color commentary.
LAST TIME (PRESEASON):
The last time these teams face each other in the preseason was in 1976, when the Bears squeaked by with a 15-14 win at Mile High Stadium. Quarterback Norris Weese was the only bright spot for Denver, leading the offense to 11 first downs and 150 total yards in the second half, but unfortunately threw an interception that set up the Bears game-winning touchdown. Weese finished the game going 9 of 13 for 130 yards and one touchdown.
LAST TIME (REGULAR SEASON):
A sold out crowd at Mile High Stadium watched as the Broncos escaped with a 17-12 victory over the Bears, improving their 1996 regular season home record to 6-0. Although the offense had its worst day of the season they still managed two first half touchdowns, the first of which came on Denver's second possession when John Elway connected with Shannon Sharpe from 15-yards out. The Broncos second touchdown came following a 63-yard, sixteen play drive, as Terrell Davis plunged in from the one-yard line.
In only his tenth game of the season, Davis surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, faster than any other running back in Broncos team history.
BRONCOS IN THE PRESEASON:
Under head coach Mike Shanahan the Broncos has amassed a 22-9 (.710) record in preseason, including a 13-1 stand at home.
Following the Bears game Denver returns home to face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Aug. 19, in the first of two preseason games scheduled for Invesco Field. The third week has the team traveling to Tempe, Arizona to face the Arizona Cardinals, and returning to close out the 2002 preseason against the Seattle Seahawks at Invesco Field.
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