Q3 – 15:00: After winning the opening coin toss and deferring possession, the Broncos will get the ball first here in the second half. One injury update for the Raiders — rookie TE Brandon Myers has a concussion and has been declared out for the rest of the game.
Q3 – 14:59: Janikowski’s kickoff sails out of the end zone, and for the fourth consecutive drive, the Broncos will start at their own 20-yard line.
Q3 – 13:59: Knowshon Moreno takes the first-down handoff on a sweep right, but finds no room and is stopped for no gain. On second down, Orton finds Tony Scheffler for his first catch of the afternoon — a 9-yard pickup. Facing 3rd and short, Orton takes the QB sneak past the marker for a first down.
Q3 – 12:18: At their own 30-yard line, Orton hands off to Moreno, who stumbles forward for a 1-yard gain. He goes back to the pass on second down, finding Moreno in the flat for a 6-yard gain before a tackle by Raiders LB Kirk Morrison. On 3rd and 3, Brandon Stokley makes a diving catch in the left flat for four yards and the first down.
Q3 – 11:38: LaMont Jordan spells Moreno, finding a fresh hole in the left side for a 13-yard gain and another first down.
Q3 – 10:59: Orton continues the offense’s rhythm, finding Eddie Royal in an open seam for 13 yards and another first down in Oakland territory.
Q3 – 10:20: Moreno gets back in the action, but is stopped by Oakland DE Matt Shaughnessy after no gain. Out of the shotgun, Orton looks for Jabar Gaffney, but after seeing the coverage, throws it out of bounds. On a 3rd and 10 from the Oakland 33-yard line, Orton throws the fade to Gaffney but the ball sails long. Gaffney, Head Coach Josh McDaniels and the crowd fight for the pass interference flag, but the officials rule it clean coverage by Raiders CB Chris Johnson.
Q3 – 10:07: Facing fourth down, Matt Prater continues his perfect day on field goals, connecting from 51 yards out to close the Oakland gap. He has converted all three attempts.
Raiders 13, Broncos 9
Q3 – 10:06: Prater adds to his strong day on the kickoff, as Raiders RB Gary Russell takes a knee for the touchback. Oakland will get its first offensive possession at the 20-yard line.
Q3 – 9:10: With two tight ends in on first down, Oakland goes to RB Michael Bush, who is wrapped up quickly by D.J. Williams after a 1-yard gain. With T Erik Pears reporting as eligible, Charlie Frye fires a swing pass in the left flat to Bush. He finds running room and picks up a first down after an 11-yard gain.
Q3 – 7:56: Working from his own 32-yard line, Bush barrels forward for three yards on first down, before being stopped by Ryan McBean. Out of the I-formation on second down, Darren McFadden takes the pitch right, finding a seam for nine yards and another first down. There is an injured Bronco on the play and it looks to be CB Champ Bailey.
*Q3 – 7:56: Flanked by trainers, Bailey walks off the field on his own power and appears to be okay.
Q3 – 7:31: On the ensuing play, D.J. Williams forces a fumble on Darren McFadden, which is recovered by Tony Carter. The Broncos take over at midfield.
Q3 – 6:44: After a 4-yard loss by Moreno on first down, Orton completes a pass to Daniel Graham. Raiders CB Stanford Routt is called for an illegal contact penalty, pushing the Broncos five yards ahead and resulting in a first down.
Q3 – 5:55: With a 1st-and-10 at the Oakland 49-yard line, Moreno picks up a modest gain of four yards on first down. Orton goes back to the pass on second down, finding Brandon Marshall on a quick hook. He snags the ball with one hand and picks up seven yards for the first down.
Q3 – 4:50: Orton goes back to the well, finding Marshall 19 yards over the middle of the field for another first down. The Broncos are again in the red zone.
Q3 – 4:39: Flushed out of the pocket, Orton scrambles on first down and eludes pressure for a 9-yard run. There is a stoppage of play as Raiders DT Tommy Kelly is being attended to by his team’s trainers.
*Q3 – 4:39: Kelly walks off the field on his own power, and the Broncos will have a 2nd-and-1 from the Raiders’ 10-yard line.
Q3 – 3:55: Out of the pause, LaMont Jordan enters and picks up four yards on the carry for the first down. With a 1st-and-goal in hand, Orton looks for Daniel Graham in the end zone but the pass lands incomplete.
Q3 – 3:48: Orton goes right back to the end zone on the next play, finding Marshall for a 6-yard touchdown reception. Some pushing and shoving breaks out between the two clubs, before Prater tacks on the extra point. The Broncos have regained the lead.
Broncos 16, Raiders 13
Q3 – 3:40: Prater’s line drive kickoff is returned by Gary Russell for 21 yards. But holding is called on Raiders FB Luke Lawton, backing Oakland up to its own 11-yard line. That’s where the Raiders will take over.
Q3 – 3:10: Michael Bush gets the first-down call, rumbling off left tackle for 18 yards and a Raiders first down.
Q3 – 2:15: Bush goes back to that side, breaking a series of tackles for a 40-yard gain. The Raiders have a first down at the Denver 31-yard line.
Q3 – 1:48: Oakland continues its ground attack, as Darren McFadden hits the same left side for 28 yards to set up first-and-goal. Andre’ Goodman made the touchdown-saving tackle.
Q3 – 0:28: At the 3-yard line, Bush picks up one yard on first down. Oakland goes back to Bush on second down, but he is stopped inside the 1-yard line by Brian Dawkins. With a big third down forthcoming, the Broncos call their first timeout of the second half.
Q3 – 0:00: Oakland goes back to Bush, but the Broncos defense makes a stand. Andra Davis stops him for a 2-yard loss, signaling the end of the third quarter. Oakland will have a 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
END OF THIRD QUARTER: Broncos 16, Raiders 13
Q4 – 14:55: Oakland brings in its offense for the fourth-down try. McFadden takes the pitch, but he is stopped short of the end zone by the tandem of Mario Haggan and Andra Davis. The Broncos take over on downs at their own 1-yard line.
Q4 – 13:28: Moreno tries to give the Broncos some breathing room, but is stopped for no gain. Working out of the end zone, Orton hits Marshall for nine yards to set up a 3rd-and-1 try. In a heavy set with LaMont Jordan and Spencer Larsen in the backfield, Orton goes for the QB sneak. The officials call for a measurement, and he is stopped short, forcing the punting team to come in.
Q4 – 13:08: Mitch Berger enters for the punt, with Raiders WR Johnnie Lee Higgins back deep to receive. Berger backs Higgins up inside his 30-yard line with a stellar 64-yard kick. Higgins returns it 14 yards to the Raiders’ 40-yard line.
Q4 – 11:28: Frye pitches to McFadden on first down, who picks up six yards before Champ Bailey stops him. With T Erik Pears reporting as an eligible receiver, the Raiders change pace with Bush, who picks up three yards. Facing 3rd and 1, Frye gives to Bush, who scurries past the marker for a first down.
Q4 – 10:59: Pears is again eligible on first down, but Frye gets no time to escape the rush of Andra Davis. Davis deflects Frye’s pass and drives him to the ground, resulting in an incomplete pass. The Raiders QB is shaken up on the play, and the training staff has come out to attend to him.
*Q4 – 10:59: Frye leaves the field and backup JaMarcus Russell is now in at quarterback.
Q4 – 10:06: McFadden takes the first-down carry from Russell, but flags fly for an illegal motion penalty on Raiders WR Chaz Schilens. Oakland is backed into a 2nd-and-15 at its own 47-yard line. Bush takes the carry but slips and falls after a 3-yard gain to midfield.
*Q4 – 10:06: Facing 3rd and 12 at midfield, Oakland has called its first timeout of the half.
Q4 – 9:51: An injury update for the Broncos — CB Tony Carter (cramp) is probable to return. Russell looks for rookie Louis Murphy down the left sideline. He traps the ball and it is called an incomplete pass. Murphy costs the Raiders five yards for spiking the ball after the play was dead, backing Oakland into a 4th-and-17 on their own 45-yard line.
Q4 – 9:35: Shane Lechler’s 47-yard punt is fielded by rookie Kenny McKinley and returned 11 yards to the 19-yard line. A Raiders injury update — QB Charlie Frye (head) is questionable to return.
Q4 – 8:55: Sporting four wide on first down, Knowshon Moreno is wrapped up by Kirk Morrison for a 1-yard loss. On second and long, Orton lines up in the shotgun and hits Moreno in the flat for a 12-yard gain and a Broncos first down.
Q4 – 7:26: A Broncos injury update — Eddie Royal (neck) is questionable to return. Jordan gives Moreno a breather, but is stopped for a 1-yard loss on the first-down run. Facing 2nd and 11 from their own 29, Orton works with Jordan as the lone setback. He finds Marshall on a short crossing route for a 3-yard gain.
Q4 – 7:10: On the 3rd-and-7 attempt, Brandon Stokley goes in motion. He finds a seam in the middle of the defense and breaks away for a 63-yard gain. Raiders CB Stanford Routt is called for a horse collar tackle, pushing the Broncos to a 1st-and-goal at the Oakland 2-yard line.
Q4 – 6:53: After an incomplete pass to Scheffler by Orton, there is a stoppage of play and the referee is communicating with officials upstairs. We are unsure what caused it, but television cameras are pointing to the crowd.
*Q4 – 6:53: The officials have signaled the players back to the line of scrimmage. Denver has a 2nd-and-goal at the Oakland 2-yard line.
Q4 – 5:54: Moreno tries the right side, but the Raiders’ defensive wall causes him to lose a yard. Orton tries a fade in the left corner of the end zone on third down, but Thomas Howard breaks up the pass. Matt Prater comes in for a 21-yard field goal attempt and nails it, moving to 4-for-4 on his attempts this afternoon.
Broncos 19, Raiders 13
Q4 – 5:48: Prater’s kickoff is taken at the foot of the goal line by Gary Russell. He is stopped at the 21-yard line by rookie Alphonso Smith. That’s where JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders will take over.
Q4 – 4:35: Bush takes the carry four yards off left guard, before being stopped by Ryan McBean. Facing 2nd and 6 from their own 25-yard line, Oakland opts to pass, as Russell completes to Chaz Schilens. He is wrapped up by the duo of Dawkins and Goodman, setting up a 3rd-and-2 at the 29-yard line.
Q4 – 3:59: Out of the shotgun, Russell found Bush out of the backfield, but he bobbled the ball and lost control of it for an incomplete pass. Lechler comes in to punt, and the ball is fielded by rookie Kenny McKinley. He returns the 54-yard kick to the 24-yard line. Orton and the offense will take over from there.
Q4 – 3:52: Moreno is stopped for no gain on first down, prompting Oakland to use its second timeout of the second half.
Q4 – 3:46:Appearing to have time to throw, the pocket collapses and Orton is sacked by Greg Ellis for a 9-yard loss. Oakland uses its final timeout and Denver will have a 3rd-and-19 from its own 15 when play resumes.
Q4 – 3:29: On the third-and-long, Orton looks for Jordan out of the backfield. Feeling pressure from Richard Seymour, he fires incomplete, forcing the punt. Berger’s 59-yard kick sends Higgins back near his 25-yard line. He is stopped by Josh Barrett at the 37 after a 12-yard return on the punt.
Q4 – 2:38: With Russell in at QB, he loses the football at the hands of Vonnie Holliday. The ball is recovered by the Raiders, but after a 13-yard loss. Facing 2nd and 23, Russell looks for Murphy. The ball falls incomplete, but Andre’ Goodman is flagged for pass interference, propelling the Raiders into Denver territory at the 43-yard line.
Q4 – 2:26: Facing pressure on first down, Russell’s pass is deflected at the line by the tandem of Holliday and rookie Robert Ayers. With a second-and-long, Russell works out of the shotgun. Looking for Murphy, the pass is broken up by rookie Alphonso Smith and Russell is down on the play. Oakland’s training staff is out to take a look.
*Q4 – 2:26: Russell exits the field and recently-signed third QB J.P. Losman is in behind center for a crucial third down.
Q4 – 2:00: Holliday brings pressure and forces the Losman incompletion. Russell is back in at quarterback, and the Raiders will go for it on 4th and 10 at the Denver 43-yard line. He completes to TE Tony Stewart, who lunges for an 11-yard gain and a first down. That brings us to the two-minute warning, as Oakland will get a new set of downs from the Denver 32.
Q4 – 0:59: On first down, Russell goes back to Stewart over the middle for a 9-yard gain. Out of timeouts, Russell works out of the gun on 2nd and short, hitting Schilens at the 10-yard line for 13 yards and another Raiders first down. The Broncos will talk things over, using their second timeout of the half.
Q4 – 0:30: Russell looks for Chaz Schilens on a quick post, but the ball is thrown slightly behind him, resulting in an incomplete pass. Facing 2nd and goal from the 10, Russell eludes pressure and completes to Schilens at the 5-yard line. Wesley Woodyard is whistled for illegal contact, giving the Raiders a new set of downs at the 5-yard line.
Q4 – *0:30: The clock kept running after the completion, sending referee Alberto Riveron to the viewing booth to find out the correct time.
Q4 – **0:30: Riveron rules that the clock be reset to 45 seconds. Before the Raiders get a play off, T Cornell Green is whistled for a false start, backing Oakland to the Denver 10-yard line.
Q4 – 0:35:After an incomplete pass on first down, Russell takes a three-step drop and hits Schilens for a 10-yard touchdown. Janikowski’s extra point is good and Oakland has regained the lead.
Raiders 20, Broncos 19
Q4 – 0:29: Janikowski’s kick is fielded and returned by Kenny McKinley to the 22-yard line. The Broncos offense will start from there.
Q4 – 0:13: Greg Ellis forces a fumble on Orton, which is recovered by Tyler Polumbus at the 15-yard line. After the 7-yard loss, the Broncos use their final timeout of the game. On 2nd-and-17, Orton looks for Moreno in the flat, but the ball falls incomplete. Backed into 3rd and long, Orton looks for Marshall over the middle of the field. But Michael Huff breaks up the pass, setting up fourth and long.
Q4 – 0:00: Attempting the desperation heave, Orton completes to Scheffler for a 39-yard gain. He races his line downfield to try and spike the ball, but time runs out.
FINAL: Raiders 20, Broncos 19