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(Sunday, December 19th)
Final Score: Oakland 39, Denver 23
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Raiders scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to edge the Denver Broncos 39-23 at Oakland Coliseum.
Jason Campbell threw for 238 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-26 passing with two interceptions and Darren McFadden rushed for 119 yards on 20 carries for the Raiders (7-7), who swept the season series with Denver.
"We are back to .500 and that's key," stated Raiders head coach Tom Cable. "It's another win for us and that hasn't been done around here for a number of years."
Sebastian Janikowski converted three field goals for the victors.
Tim Tebow, in his first NFL start, completed just 8-of-16 passes for 138 yards and a score, but led the Broncos in rushing with 78 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Brandon Lloyd caught four passes for 79 yards and a score for Denver (3-11), which has dropped five straight.
Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals in the loss.
Oakland scored on its first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter to extend its advantage to 30-20. Campbell hit Marcel Reece on a short pass to the right side, and the second-year fullback avoided two tackles as he took off down the right sideline for a 73-yard score.
Denver responded with Hauschka's 45-yard field goal to at the 10:04 mark to make it a one-possession game.
The Broncos were pinned deep in their own zone by a Raiders punt and Correll Buckhalter was wrapped up in the end zone on second down by Oakland's Quentin Groves for a safety and 32-23 Raiders lead.
Oakland widened the gap to 39-23 when Michael Bush scored on a one-yard run. The touchdown was set up by McFadden's 21-yard catch and run -- he was pushed out of bounds as he stretched for the end zone.
The Raiders forced a Denver punt and secured the victory.
Oakland wasted little time getting on the board as Jacoby Ford scored on the team's first play from scrimmage, running 71 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Campbell was intercepted on the Raiders' next drive, and Tebow entered the Denver record books shortly after that when, on 3rd-and-24, he took a keeper play up the middle for 40 yards and a touchdown.
"It was a draw play to [Buckhalter]," Tebow said of his run. "I was supposed to hand it to him but I thought it was a quarterback draw and ran for it. He made a good block and I cut off his block and we scored."
It set a franchise record for the longest rushing touchdown by a Broncos quarterback.
Oakland committed its second turnover in as many series as McFadden fumbled on a botched reverse play. The ball was recovered by Denver's Jason Hunter at the Raiders' 32.
Two plays later, Tebow connected with Lloyd on a 33-yard strike in the back right corner of the end zone. Lloyd was originally ruled out of bounds but the play was overturned the Broncos took a 14-7 lead with 7:38 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders tied the game at 14 on the next drive on Bush's one-yard run. The drive was highlighted by McFadden's 36-yard run off left end.
Hauschka nailed a 46-yard field goal in the opening minute of the second quarter to give Denver a 17-14 lead.
Janikowski added a 49-yard field goal at the end of the half, and connected on a 35-yarder at 7:27 in the third to give the Raiders a 20-17 advantage.
Denver had the ball deep in Oakland territory on the next drive, but had to settle for another Hauschka field-goal, this time a 35-yarder, to tie the game at 20.
Once again, it was Janikowski acting as the Raiders' lifeline as he added another boot from 47 yards to reclaim a three-point lead for Oakland in the final minutes of the third.
The Raiders won the first meeting between the teams, 59-14, on October 24, breaking a franchise record for points scored in a regular season game...McFadden caught four passes for 39 yards...The Raiders had 502 total yards, while Denver gained 235...The Broncos are 1-7 on the road and have lost six straight away from home.
12/19 23:17:27 ET
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