Day in Court
Oakland Raiders Rap
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Broncos 24, Raiders 6
Jan. 1. 2017
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Wild, Wild (AFC) West
Kansas City wins the AFC West title with a 37-27 win over San Diego combined with Oakland's 24-6 loss to Denver in Week 17. The Chiefs and Raiders finish with 12-4 records, but Kansas City owns the tiebreaker with wins over Oakland in their head-to-head meetings. The Chiefs get the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and earn a first-round bye while the Raiders fall to the No. 5 seed and will open the playoffs in the wild-card round Jan. 7 at AFC South champion Houston at 1:35 p.m. (Pacific).
STAR OF THE GAME
The Broncos defense manhandles Oakland's offense, allowing only one touchdown and 221 total yards. The Raiders have only 57 rushing yards, 11 first downs and are 2 of 11 in third down tries. The Broncos (9-7) recover two fumbles and have an interception by safety Justin Simmons.
Starting for the injured Derek Carr (broken fibula), the Raiders' Matt McGloin is 6 of 11 passing for 21 yards before being sidelined
with a shoulder injury late in the second quarter. McGloin was hurt when defensive end Jared Crick slammed him to the turf, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty. Oakland rookie Connor Cook, making his NFL debut, is 14 of 21 passing for 150 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Cook throws a 32-yard scoring pass to Amari Cooper late in the third quarter as the Raiders reduce their deficit to 24-6.
The Broncos' Trevor Siemian is 17 of 27 passing for 206 yards and two TDs with an interception. Siemian throws scoring passes to Devontage Booker (43 yards) and Virgil Green (2 yards).
Rookie DeAndre Washinghton has 43 of Oakland's 57 rushing yards. Latavius Murray has only 11 rushing yards on five carries. Murray had 114 of Oakland's 218 rushing yards in the Raiders' 30-20 win over the Broncos on Nov. 6.
Devontae Booker becomes the first Broncos rookie with a rushing (11 yards) and receiving touchdown in the same game since Clinton Portis in 2002.
For the third straight game, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack does not have a sack after recording a sack in eight straight games. Mack finishes with five tackles against Denver, including three tackles for loss.
THEY SAID IT
"I tell guys all the time: You get what you earn in this league. And we didn't do enough to earn a win tonight."
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio
"It was fast. Felt pretty good to get out there and get some reps, trying to get the timing down with the receivers, but obviously not the way we wanted it to go."
Raiders QB Connor Cook
on playing in his first NFL game
BY THE NUMBERS
2-2: Raiders record the final four weeks of the regular season after a 10-2 start.
3: Raiders turnovers against the Broncos, including lost fumbles by Connor Cook and Johnny Holton. Oakland had an NFL-low 11 turnovers through the season's first 15 games.
4.4: Raiders average yards per play on 50 plays compared to 5.2 yards on 67 plays for the Broncos.
24: Consecutive Broncos points as the Raiders fall behind 24-0 midway through the third quarter. The Broncos scored only 23 points the previous three games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Despite the loss to the Broncos, the Raiders equal a franchise record of six road wins this season in eight games. The Raiders were 6-1 in road games in 1974 and 1976.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is still looking for his first division title as a coach. Only Norm Van Brocklin (173) coached more games without winning a division in NFL history than Del Rio (171).
The Raiders finish 3-3 against the AFC West this season. They are 2-0 against the Chargers, 1-1 with the Broncos and 0-2 with the Chiefs.