End 1st qtr: Broncos 14, Raiders 14


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 89052RAIDER

    Great preparation by CAble

  • You guys are watching this game? LOL. Pittsburgh and the Jets are on. In HD. Might be the game of the year. You guys have fun watching your grainy Denver/Oakland game, a battle for draft picks. LOL.

  • Raiders for life

    Donks are holding on every play…I don’t even know football all that well I can see the Shiizzzz

  • olinesux

    refs are on denvers side today, they are holding like crazy

  • Thec07

    J Hill Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    179.Thec07 Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 1:51 pm
    What a bunch of crying,whining,sniveling Biotches.




    Giving up 2 BIG plays to Tim Frickin Tebow??????

    This board SHOULD be up in arms!


    Crying and up in arms, two diffrent things…
    Some on the board are either rooting for tebow, or jumping off the bridge…

  • RaidingTexas

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:

    You guys are watching this game? LOL. Pittsburgh and the Jets are on. In HD. Might be the game of the year. You guys have fun watching your grainy Denver/Oakland game, a battle for draft picks. LOL.

    Except that the Raiders won’t be picking in the first round. Sounds like you don’t follow the team too well.

  • davidon

    Raiders D..NEVER have outside contain

  • 89052RAIDER

    Some of are not stupid and are fed up with crap product for the last 8 years.

  • RaidingTexas

    Tebow aborted that run.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Priest, thec, Lefty are too dumb to see what is plainly obvious to the rest of the world: the raiders are unprepared,undisciplined, and don’t finish plays.

  • GForce21

    Jason Campbow

  • djohnnyg

    215.ArmChair GM Says:
    December 19th, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    They wany Tebow to have good outing against us…The church boy against the Temple of Doom. The zebras will do everything in their power to assist Tebow this fternoon. Don’t bet on any help from the refs today…

    Don’t think Goodell doesn’t want a squeaky clean Tebow to emerge as an NFL stud; good for the league’s image. The refs got the word no doubt.

  • djohnnyg

    Schilens sighting..OMG never thought I’d see that ghost again.

  • GForce21


  • zopi

    What a rip-off.
    Leave to the Raiders to have to always deal with bum referees.
    As usual.

  • djohnnyg

    Only way Raiders lose is turnovers, penalties, and if they play stupid.

    Seems like they have all 3 covered.

  • djohnnyg

    Somebody ask Shanahan if he wants Campbell back.