Final

Broncos 23

(3-11, 1-7 away)

Raiders 39

(7-7, 5-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, December 19, 2010

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 14 3 3 323
OAK 14 3 6 1639

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (OAK) - 238 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. McFadden (OAK) - 20 CAR, 119 YDS

Receiving: B. Lloyd (DEN) - 4 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Raiders keep postseason hopes alive by topping Tim Tebow, Broncos

ESPN.com news services

OAKLAND, Calif. -- After watching his team commit three turnovers, allow two big play touchdowns to Tim Tebow and commit a penalty that wiped out a score in the first half, coach Tom Cable didn't hold back at halftime.

"There's no reason to be calm or rational at that point," Cable said.

The Raiders responded to the tongue-lashing, getting a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to Marcel Reece to keep their playoff hopes alive and spoil Tebow's first NFL start with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

"That's the most animated I've ever seen him," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "From the time we came in here, he was going off. From the time we came in here pretty much until we left, nobody really talked except Cabes."

Jacoby Ford scored on a 71-yard run on Oakland's first play from scrimmage and Michael Bush added two short touchdown runs to keep the Raiders (7-7) in the hunt for a playoff berth after last week's wrenching 38-31 loss at Jacksonville.

Oakland trails Kansas City by two games in the AFC West and will need to win the final two games and get help in order to win the division.

"I wish we were in a better position, but to still be in the fight, still be in the hunt, we've grown a long ways," Campbell said. "The loss last week is not going to do any good for us to dwell on it. It's not going to help us this week. What we have to do is control what's in front of us from here out."

The Broncos (3-11) have long been eliminated from the playoff chase, having lost nine of 10 games to tie the franchise record for losses in a season. That, along with Kyle Orton's bruised ribs, made the decision to give Tebow his first career start an easy one.

For a player who became famous in college for his exploits at the Swamp, Tebow must have felt at home on a wet day at the Oakland Coliseum.

He managed to come up with some of the big plays that helped him win a Heisman Trophy and two national titles at Florida, becoming the third player to throw a TD pass at least 30 yards and run for a score of at least 40 yards in the same game.

But he also did not look smooth throwing the ball, a big reason why many questioned former Denver coach Josh McDaniels for trading up to take Tebow in the first round of the draft. He finished 8 for 16 for 138 yards and ran for 78 more.

"You're playing against the biggest, strongest, fastest, but at the end of the day it's still playing football and so it wasn't extremely different," Tebow said.

The key play for the Raiders was Campbell's short pass to Reece that turned into a game-breaker. Reece caught the ball near the line of scrimmage with open space in front of him. He juked David Bruton near midfield and raced the rest of the way to make it 30-20.

The Broncos responded with Steven Hauschka's third field goal, but Quentin Groves tackled Correll Buckhalter in the end zone for a safety that put the Raiders back in control in their third straight win over Denver.

The Raiders took a 23-20 lead into the fourth quarter after Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal. The teams traded field goals earlier in the third with the Broncos settling for theirs after Lance Ball dropped a pass in the end zone.

Tebow turned two Raiders turnovers into touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 40-yard quarterback draw on third-and-24 when he ran through the middle of Oakland's defense and then broke tackles from safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch.

"To be honest, that was a mistake on my part," Tebow was quoted as saying by the Denver Post. "I was supposed to hand it to Buck, and I ran it. It ended up working. It was a draw, and I was supposed to hand it to [Buckhalter]. I thought it was the Q Draw and I just ran it. Buck went up and led for me and made a good block and I cut off his block and we scored."

Tebow then threw a ball up for grabs in the end zone that went through cornerback Stanford Routt's hands and was caught by Brandon Lloyd for a 33-yard touchdown. Lloyd was originally ruled out of bounds, but the play was overturned on a replay challenge.

"He did what we expected of him," Lloyd said. "He kept his poise, he kept his composure, even when it was tough out there. He didn't have any of those situations where he called the wrong play. I was impressed."

The Raiders got some big plays of their own, with Ford scoring on a 71-yard end around on Oakland's first play from scrimmage and a 36-yard run by Darren McFadden setting up another touchdown.

Oakland tied the game at 17 late in the half after Syd'Quan Thompson muffed a punt by Janikowski, filling in for the injured Shane Lechler. Janikowski's 49-yard field goal tied the game.

Game notes


Kordell Stewart in 2000 and Michael Vick in 2002 are the only other players to have running and throwing TDs like Tebow's. ... Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno left in the first half with a side injury. ... McFadden ran for 119 yards to reach 1,112 for the season, becoming the first Raiders back to top 1,000 since Justin Fargas in 2007. ... Raiders DT Richard Seymour left in the second half with a strained hamstring.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
OAK
1st Downs920
Passing 1st downs
58
Rushing 1st downs
311
1st downs from Penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
2-122-11
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays5167
Total Yards235502
Yards per play4.67.5
Total Drives1414
Passing129238
Comp - Att
8-1615-26
Yards per pass
8.19.2
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-90-0
Rushing106264
Rushing Attempts
3341
Yards per rush
3.26.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-12-3
Penalties10-939-84
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0333:57

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Tebow8/161388.6102-9
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell15/262389.2120-0

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tebow8789.8140
Ball15201.308
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
McFadden201196.0036
Ford17171.0171

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Lloyd47919.81335
Gaffney13232.00322
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Reece27939.51736
Ford34715.70255

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENOAK
oakTD13:14Jacoby Ford 71 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 07
denTD09:40Tim Tebow 40 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 77
denTD07:38Brandon Lloyd 33 Yd Pass From Tim Tebow (Steven Hauschka Kick) 147
oakTD03:20Michael Bush 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERDENOAK
denFG14:09Steven Hauschka 46 Yd 1714
oakFG01:02Sebastian Janikowski 49 Yd 1717
THIRD QUARTERDENOAK
oakFG07:27Sebastian Janikowski 35 Yd 1720
denFG05:03Steven Hauschka 35 Yd 2020
oakFG01:29Sebastian Janikowski 47 Yd 2023
FOURTH QUARTERDENOAK
oakTD14:32Marcel Reece 73 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 2030
denFG10:04Steven Hauschka 45 Yd 2330
oakSF07:37Correll Buckhalter Tackled By Quentin Groves In End Zone 2332
oakTD03:37Michael Bush 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 2339

Research Notes

From Elias: Not only did the Raiders score 98 points vs the Broncos this season, but they ran up 1,010 yards of total offense in those 2 games. They are the first team since the 1995 Steelers to go over 1,000 yards of total offense vs a single opponent in one season:
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Tim Tebow: 6-9, 116 yds, TD, 146.7 rating when passing from under center. Highest single-game rating for a Bronco QB over the last three seasons.
From Elias: The multiple poundings the Raiders laid on the Broncos this season established a new mark in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Raiders tallied 98 points in their 2 games against Denver, more than any team has scored in a single season vs the same opponent since 1970:
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Darren McFadden now has the 6th most rushing yards in a single season in Raiders history. The team has 2 games remaining:
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Darren McFadden had his 6th 100-yard rushing game of the season for the Raiders on Sunday, moving into 2nd place in raiders history for most such games in a single season:
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