By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 20th, 2009 at 3:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Notes and observations in the third quarter of the Raiders-Broncos game:
– Erik Pears doing a job on Broncos as an extra offensive lineman as Raiders play smashmouth. Michael Bush and Darren McFadden get Raiders to the 1, third-and-goal, Broncos call a time out.
Michael Bush explodes for 40-yard run, McFadden for 28 around left side _ his longest run of the season by 13 yards.
Broncos stack up Bush on third-and-goal, lost 2 yards to the 3. Will Raiders go for it or tie game with a field goal?
– Game getting away from Raiders following McFadden turnover, Brandon Marshall heating up, Tommy Kelly injured while rushing passer on Orton 9-yard scramble to the 19-yard line.
Orton gets way too much time, hits Marshall for touchdown which touches off fight.
– McFadden loses fumble to Tony Carter _ lost it running into Luke Lawton _ awful turnover.
– Chris Johnson turns and looks in time to avoid pass interference call on Jabar Gaffney and stall Denver drive, with Matt Prater kicking 51-yard field goal to start the half and close Denver within 13-9.