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(Sunday, December 20th)
Final Score: Oakland 20, Denver 19
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Chaz Schilens' 10-yard touchdown catch with 35 seconds left in the game sent Oakland to a surprise 20-19 victory over Denver at Invesco Field.
Schilens caught the winning TD from JaMarcus Russell, who completed just 5- of-11 passes for 47 yards in the fourth quarter for the Raiders (5-9), who have won three of five.
Starter Charlie Frye was 9-of-17 for 68 yards and an interception before leaving the game after a blow to the head early in the fourth.
Michael Bush finished with 133 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Darren McFadden contributed 74 yards on 12 rushes.
Kyle Orton was 19-of-34 for 278 yards and one touchdown for the Broncos (8-6), who have dropped two in a row and six of eight. With the loss, Denver is officially eliminated from contention for the AFC West title, as the Chargers won it with a win over Cincinnati.
Brandon Marshall was relatively held in check, limited to seven catches for 73 yards and Denver's lone touchdown, and Matt Prater hit four field goals in defeat.
The Raiders' 10-play, 62-yard drive which put them up by a point with under a minute to play featured several twists and turns.
On the opening play, Russell was sacked and fumbled, but Oakland recovered after a 13-yard loss. Second down saw Russell's pass fall incomplete, but a defensive pass interference call -- a 32-yard penalty -- gave Oakland a first down.
Two plays later, Russell was injured on a completion, and J.P. Losman had to take the third-down snap, which was incomplete. On the next down, just prior to the two-minute warning, Tony Stewart hauled in an 11-yard pass on 4th- and-10 from the Denver 43. Stewart made a nine-yard grab on the next play, which was followed by a Schilens 13-yard reception down to the 10.
With 55 seconds left, an illegal contact penalty on the Broncos gave the Raiders a 1st-and-goal from the Broncos' five, but a false start pushed the ball back to the 10. After an incompletion, Russell hit Schilens for the go- ahead score.
"We ran that play eight or nine times this game; we had a match-up we liked," said Schilens. "JaMarcus threw a perfect ball and I was able to catch it then score."
On the ensuing possession, starting from his 22, Orton was sacked on first down, then threw two incompletions before finding Tony Scheffler for 39 yards on the final play of the contest, as the clock expired before the Broncos could have an opportunity to spike the ball.
"It's frustrating. Losing at home to a division opponent is frustrating," said Orton. "We had already beat them once this year, and really (when we) started off the game, it looked like it was going to be kind of the same thing. We let them hang around, hang around, and they came back and got us."
Prater hit field goals of 23 and 43 yards, respectively, for a 6-0 Denver lead after one quarter.
Bush put the Raiders on top on a 23-yard run early in the second quarter, and Sebastian Janikowski launched field goals of 54 and 28 yards, respectively, for a 13-6 game at the half.
Prater's 51-yard boot capped Denver's first drive of the second half and brought the Broncos within 13-9.
McFadden lost a fumble on the Raiders' next drive, and Denver took over at the 50. Eight plays later, Orton hit Marshall for a six-yard score and 16-13 Broncos edge.
Prater drilled a 21-yarder for a 19-13 advantage with 5:54 to play after the Broncos couldn't punch the ball in the end zone from the two.
Oakland enjoyed a slight edge in offense, 343-337...Despite the setback, Denver has won 13 of the 20 meetings with Oakland since 2000, including seven of the last 10.
12/20 21:44:58 ET
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