Oakland Raiders 0-0-9-6 — 15
Denver Broncos 6-6-0-0 — 12
It was the tale of two halves in Denver as the Raiders came up with the 15-12 upset victory over the Broncos. The Broncos took a 12-0 lead into halftime but will look back on missed opportunities in the redzone as one of the reasons for their loss.
The Raiders started the second half with a touchdown and continued to chip away at the lead. The Oakland defense held Denver scoreless in the second half.
A safety late in the third quarter seemed to ignite the Raiders as they completed their comeback. It was not the prettiest game by either team, but it was the Raiders performance in the second half that sealed the victory.
Here is how the Raiders beat the Broncos:
The Broncos Could Not Capitalize on First Half Redzone Opportunities
The Broncos offense was able to drive down the field multiple times in the first half. However, the Broncos had to settle for field goals despite finding themselves in the redzone. The Denver defense was relentless against the Raiders offense in the first half. Denver kicked four field goals to make it 12-0 at halftime.
Seth Roberts Got the Raiders on the Board
After being shut down in the first half, the Raiders began the second half with a touchdown. Derek Carr connected with Seth Roberts to make it 12-7.
The Raiders Forced a Safety
The Raiders sacked Brock Osweiler in the endzone and the ball came loose. The Broncos recovered it and gave up a safety rather than a touchdown. The play began to give the Raiders momentum. Later in the fourth quarter, Oakland took a 15-12 lead with a touchdown.
Oakland Scored the Go-Ahead Touchdown
Carr and the offense built on the great play of their defense. Carr connected with Mychal Rivera for the touchdown. The Raiders would hold onto the lead and came up with the upset victory on the road.