Las Vegas Raiders run over Broncos, stay alive in AFC Playoff race
The second half started with the Raiders getting the football, and they made a point to run the ball down the Broncos’ throats. Led by Josh Jacobs, and capped off by Peyton Barber, the Raiders orchestrated a methodical nine-play drive, one that saw Jacobs rush for 58 yards, and Barber score from five yards out.
That gave the Raiders the lead 14-13, and after forcing a quick turnover, it looked like the Raiders were going to be in business once again. However, a strip-sack of Derek Carr, something that is beginning to become too much of a regularity, gave the Broncos not only the ball back but also the momentum.
However, Denver could not capitalize, as McManus missed another 55-yard field goal to take the lead, and the ball was given back to the Raiders close to the end of the third quarter. A Jacobs run would bring up the final frame, one that would decide whether or not the Raiders’ chances for the playoffs would continue.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders drive would continue on a fourth-and-1 run by Carr, as the Silver and Black continued to pound the football. However, a sack of Carr on third down inside the red zone would put a stop to the drive, and a Daniel Carlson field goal would give Las Vegas a four-point lead with 7:35 left in the contest.
With the lead in tow, the Raiders needed to get one more stop, and they were able to do so thanks to a huge sack by Quenton Jefferson on Lock. That would force the Broncos to punt the ball back to the Raiders, and instead of just running the ball, the Raiders pulled off an incredible play to get a long first down, ending any chance of a Broncos rally.
The connection between Carr and Moreau would put the game away, a 17-13 victory for the home team, and an 8-7 record.