The Broncos began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger. The Broncos were a small-market team that met with little success in their early years, but have since become one of the elite franchises of the league after having advanced to the Super Bowl six times. In their first four Super Bowl appearances, they suffered successively lopsided defeats, before winning back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998 (the year they beat the Jets in the AFC Championship game) under quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis and coach Mike Shanahan.
Their record against the Jets is 16-14-1 in favor of the Broncos. The Broncos also lead the postseason series, 1-0.