Final

Raiders 31

(3-8, 2-4 away)

Broncos 10

(6-5, 3-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 23, 2008

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 0 10 7 1431
DEN 0 3 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: J. Cutler (DEN) - 204 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Fargas (OAK) - 24 CAR, 107 YDS

Receiving: A. Lelie (OAK) - 4 REC, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Receiver Lelie has big day as Raiders upset Broncos

Associated Press

DENVER -- Ashley Lelie and the Oakland Raiders both got even with the Denver Broncos.

The deep-threat receiver who forced a trade out of Denver in 2006 after a bitter holdout returned to Invesco Field on Sunday and helped lead the Raiders to a stunning 31-10 win over the Broncos with his best game in years.

Fast Facts

• The Raiders snapped their four-game losing streak by scoring a season-high 31 points.

• Darren McFadden's TD run in the third quarter was Oakland's first offensive touchdown since the third quarter of their Week 8 game at Baltimore.

• This was the Raiders sixth win in their last 34 divisional games.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"I've been dreaming for this moment ever since I left here," Lelie said after catching a touchdown pass and setting up another TD with a spectacular 51-yard catch. "It feels good that it was with the Raiders."

Lelie, who caught a cosmetic touchdown in Oakland's season-opening 41-14 loss to Denver, languished in Atlanta, San Francisco and even Oakland before he returned to rock the Broncos with four catches for 92 yards, nearly doubling his season totals.

"Ever since I left, this is what I wanted to do -- to come back to Invesco and show I've still got it," Lelie said. "Come back and kind of put it to the people who didn't think I was good enough."

At the top of that list was Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who refused to give in to Lelie's contract demands and sent him to the Falcons after a protracted holdout that sparked an ugly grievance over fines.

"When Ashley was here, he did the same thing, made those big plays," Shanahan said. "When the ball's thrown up in the air, Ashley's always come down with those plays. Didn't surprise me at all. Ashley's got excellent hands. For some reason it didn't work out at other places when he left here. But when he was here, he was pretty productive."

Lelie caught 54 passes for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns during his best NFL season with Denver in 2004, but he hasn't come close to replicating those numbers since then with the Broncos, Falcons, 49ers or Raiders.

"Just not getting the opportunities," Lelie said. "When I did get an opportunity in San Fran, well, I didn't really get one. Here, they finally gave me the opportunity with Javon (Walker) getting a little nicked up and they put me on the field to give me a chance to do what I can do."

Rookie Darren McFadden ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and the Raiders (3-8), who hadn't scored an offensive touchdown in 15 quarters, scored three TDs in an 18-play span to snap a four-game losing streak.

They also rectified their thrashing at the hands of the Broncos (6-5) in the opener. In that game, the Broncos repeatedly picked on since-released cornerback DeAngelo Hall, and they went after his replacement, Chris Johnson, with very little success Sunday.

Lelie's long catch with Dre' Bly in coverage set up McFadden's first score, which broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter and gave Oakland's offense its first TD since Oct. 26 against Baltimore.

"It was huge," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "You could even feel it on the sideline. It's something we've been thirsting for. It felt like the weight of the world was lifted off our shoulders. We just relaxed and played."

Lelie caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell, then held his right hand to his ear to take in all the boos from the fans who once adored him.

"Yeah," Lelie said. "Felt like cheers to me."

McFadden capped the scoring with another 1-yard run following linebacker Thomas Howard's interception of Jay Cutler's pass at midfield.

Suddenly, the team that couldn't score couldn't be stopped.

The Raiders' 31 points surpassed their season high of 23 and marked their biggest output since a 34-20 win over Denver last December.

"Their production was a huge lift because it helps them believe in themselves more," Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said of Oakland's offense. "And it helped us as a defense because we got a lot of rest."

Raiders returner Johnnie Lee Higgins scored on a punt return for the second straight week, skittering 89 yards down the Broncos sideline, picking up blocks along the way, including one near the goal line by helmetless teammate Jon Alston. That gave Oakland a 10-3 halftime lead.

The Broncos, who lost a fumble near the Raiders' goal line on their opening drive, appeared to right themselves when they took the second-half kickoff and covered 85 yards in 13 plays for the tying score, on Peyton Hillis' 6-yard TD run.

Russell and Lelie hooked up for 51 yards on the first play of the next drive and it was all downhill for Denver from there.

"The only thing we won tonight was the penalty battle. They had more penalties than we did," Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. "Other than that, they kicked our butts in every phase of the game."

Notes: Tatum Bell became Denver's fifth starter at tailback this season. That's the most in the Shanahan era. Bell is also the fourth TB to start for the Broncos in the past four games. ... Cutler tied John Elway (1987) for fastest QB in team history to 3,000 yards passing, but Cutler's 11-game TD streak was halted. ... Broncos K Matt Prater missed two FGs and is 4-for-9 over the last month, prompting Shanahan to suggest he's lost his confidence.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
DEN
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
712
Rushing 1st downs
106
1st downs from penalties
15
3rd down efficiency
8-139-16
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays5365
Total Yards318319
Yards per play6.04.9
Total Drives99
Passing160204
Comp-Att
11-1216-37
Yards per pass
13.35.5
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing158115
Rushing Attempts
4128
Yards per rush
3.94.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-2
Penalties10-904-39
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession32:0427:56

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Russell10/1115213.8100-0
Bush1/188.0000-0
DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cutler16/372045.5010-0

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fargas241074.5021
McFadden10383.8211
DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hillis17744.4113
Cutler4246.0011

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lelie49223.0151
Miller34113.7030
DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall48421.0032
Stokley5448.8014

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTEROAKDEN
oakFG8:04Sebastian Janikowski 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 56 yds, 4:43
30
denFG3:03Matt Prater 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 54 yds, 5:03
33
oakTD1:25Johnnie Lee Higgins 89 Yard Punt Return (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 89 yds, 0:00
103
THIRD QUARTEROAKDEN
denTD9:24Peyton Hillis 6 Yard Run (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 85 yds, 5:42
1010
oakTD5:32Darren Mcfadden 1 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yds, 3:52
1710
FOURTH QUARTEROAKDEN
oakTD14:15Ashley Lelie 4 Yard Pass From Jamarcus Russell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 5:19
2410
oakTD9:46Darren Mcfadden 1 Yard Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 43 yds, 3:52
3110