By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.
First quarter notes
– Denver had a third-and-3 at the Oakland 24 in a game that was taking on the look of a shootout as the Broncos drove from their own 30 with the help of Tim Tebow’s 15-yard run on a read option to his left and a 17-yard swing pass to Correll Buckhalter against Rolando McClain.
– Darren McFadden’s 36-yard run to the 2-yard line set up an eventual 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush with 3:20 left in the quarter as the Raiders tied the score 14-14. It capped a 69-yard drive in eight plays. McFadden had 56 yards rushingon the drive and 72 yards on seven carries at that point.
– Tebow let loose with a pass into the end zone on second-and-12 that went through the hands of Stanford Routt and was caught by Brandon Lloyd in the end zone, apparently out of bounds. The Broncos challenged the ruling and officials ruled Lloyd had maintained possession and caught the ball for a touchdown.
Great concentration by Lloyd, whose rear-end looked to be on the ground when he had possession. It’s not an issue if Routt knocks the ball down or catches it.
– Raiders get tricky on second-and-10 and it backfires, Darren McFadden is trying to pitch to Jacoby Ford on a reverse and fumbles ball away to Broncos, who take over on Oakland 32.
– Darren McFadden went over 1,000 yards for the season with consecutive carries of eight and 11 yards on Raiders third possession.
– Following the Oakland turnover, Tebow ran up the middle for a 40-yard run on third-and-24 to tie the score 7-7. A 26-yard in two plays, as the Broncos pushed themslelves backward with a facemaks by Knowshon Moreno on a running play.
– Denver’s Kevin Vickerson makes a leaping interception at the line of scrimmage on a pass intended for Zach Miller. Not the kind of play normally associated with a 6-foot-5, 321-pound defensive lineman.
– Michael Huff’s blitz makes Tebow throw a third-and-9 pass way out of bounds. Denver has three-and-outs on their first two possssions. Crowd is chanting “Tebow sucks.”
– A Denver three-and-out followed by Jacoby Ford’s 71-yard run with sweep to his right.
– Oakland opened at its own 29 after a poor 30-yard punt by Britton Colquitt because Thomas Howard was called for holding on a punt Nick Miller wasn’t even attempting to return.
– Rolando McClain dropped Knowshon Moreno with a nice hit on the second play from scrimmage on a direct snap from center. Tebow’s first pass as a starter was incomplete as Denver went three-and-out on its first possession.