Raiders hold off Broncos 17-13 despite three turnovers

Kirk Kern
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Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Foster Moreau (87) catches a pass against Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) from Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders overcame three turnovers and kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the Denver Broncos 17-13 at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Derek Carr threw for 201 yards on 20-of-28 passing with one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 129 yards on 27 carries, but lost a fumble as well. Zay Jones caught six passes for 50 yards and Foster Moreau caught four passes for 67 yards.

The win raised the Raiders record to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in the AFC West Division. The Broncos dropped to 7-8 and 3-4.

Drew Lock passed for 153 yards on 15-of-22 passing. The Broncos rushed for only 18 yards on the day, led by Javonte Williams with 12 yards and a touchdown. Jerry Jeudy led in receptions with three catches for 60 yards,

Raiders rally in the second half

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Two late turnovers gave the Broncos a 13-7 lead at the half, but the Raiders came out strong to start the second half with a 9-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Payton Barber rushed in from 8 yards out to give the Raiders a 14-13 lead.

After forcing a Broncos punt on their next possession, the Raiders gave it right back as Shelby Harris sacked Carr and forced a fumble that was recovered at the Broncos 42 yard line. But McManus missed a 55-yard field goal that would have given Denver the lead.

After the missed field goal, the Raiders drove down to the Broncos 14 yard line before Carr was sacked on third down. Daniel Carlson connected on a 41-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-13.

Broncos take lead into halftime

After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders finished off a 14-play, 76-yard drive with a 10-yard Carr to Renfrow touchdown pass with 11:01 remaining in the second quarter.

The Broncos answered with a 49-yard field goal from Brandon McManus with 7:29 left in the half to cut the lead to 7-3.

The teams traded punts but on their next drive Jacobs fumbled and the Broncos took over at the Raiders 41 yard line with 2:01 left in the half. Four plays later, McManus connected on a 55-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-6 lead with 37 seconds left.

The Raiders took possession on their own 23 yard line following the Broncos kickoff, but on the first play, Bradley Chubb intercepted a Carr screen pass and advanced the ball to the 1-yard line. On the next play, the Broncos took the lead when Williams ran in from the one.

After the point-after by McManus, the Broncos went into the half with a 13-7 lead.