DENVER CO - OCTOBER 27: Former Broncos and current Redskin coach Mike Shanahan walks into Mile High Stadium before the Washington Redskins play the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Denver CO, October 27, 2013. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Mike Shanahan got a warm reception in his Denver return. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

DENVER—Coach Mike Shanahan was received warmly by the crowd in Denver in his return Sunday to the city where he once coached the Broncos to two Super Bowl-winning seasons. Shanahan received an ovation from the fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the Broncos honored him with a pregame video tribute.

Shanahan’s current team, the Washington Redskins, gave the Broncos a scare by crafting a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. But the Broncos ended the game on a 38-0 scoring run and the Redskins’ 45-21 defeat dropped their record to 2-5.

Even so, Shanahan said following the game he was appreciative of the reception he received.

“I thought it was great before the game,” Shanahan said. “Denver is just a classy place. It was nice of them to take that time to put something together. Great memories. Hopefully we can bring some of those memories back to the fans in Washington like we did in Denver. That’s what we’re working for and hopefully we can do that.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins return from Denver and begin preparations for the Chargers on Sun. Nov. 3.

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