Below are some key (non-scoring) plays from Denver’s 26-13 win at Oakland:
Third-and-5 from the Denver 37, 13:50 to play in first quarter:
On the first possession of the game, the Broncos needed an early third-down conversion to keep the drive going. After the first two plays went for 5 yards, quarterback Peyton Manning’s pass for tight end Jacob Tamme hit the turf, and it appeared like the team would have to punt. But, a yellow flag flew in from the secondary and the resulting defensive holding penalty against the Raiders kept the Broncos offense on the field.
Third-and-6 from the Denver 46, 13:10 to play in the first quarter:
Three plays after the penalty, the Broncos were faced with another third down. This time, Manning completed a pass to wide receiver Eric Decker for a 16-yard pickup into Raiders territory and keep the drive alive.
Third-and-10 from the Oakland 38, 11:47 to play in the first quarter:
After two incompletions followed the 16-yard pass to Decker, it was third down again at the edge of field goal range. Manning came through with another completion, this time to running back Knowshon Moreno for a gain of 26 yards. Two plays later Manning hits tight end Joel Dreessen in the end zone to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead.
Fourth-and-6 from the Oakland 24, 10:02 to play in the first quarter:
The Broncos defense forced a three-and-out on the Raiders first possession, but almost coughed up the football on the ensuing punt. Cornerback Tony Carter fell on the loose ball, and the offense drove down the field and added three more points to their lead.
First-and-10 from the Denver 22, 3:06 to play in the first quarter:
After quarterback Carson Palmer found WR Rod Streater for a 58-yard gain, cornerback Champ Bailey turned momentum back in the Broncos’ favor.
First-and-10 from the Oakland 28, 8:42 to play in the second quarter:
With the Broncos threatening to add to their 13-0 lead, Manning’s pass was intercepted by cornerback Phillip Adams in the end zone for a Raiders touchback. Oakland converted that turnover into a touchdown to cut the Broncos lead to 13-7 just before halftime.
Third-and-13 from the Denver 47, 12:36 to play in the third quarter:
The Broncos defense stopped the Raiders from getting any momentum going on their opening possession of the second half with a third-down stop. After a 36-yard run by Darren McFadden on the Raiders’ first play of the half, the drive stalled and punter Shane Lechler came on to punt.
Third-and-6 from the Oakland 12, 5:50 to play in the third quarter:
Linebacker Von Miller burst through the Raiders offensive line to strip-sack Palmer, and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein pounced on the fumble at the Oakland 2-yard line. Two plays later, the Broncos expanded their lead to 23-7 on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Moreno.