NFL Game Recap - Oakland at Denver
Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:25 PM EST

ATL
28
TB
22
F OT
MIA
27
NE
24
F
CHI
21
MIN
19
F
LAC
21
KC
31
F
GB
23
DET
20
F
CLE
23
CIN
33
F
NO
42
CAR
10
F
NYJ
13
BUF
6
F
ARI
24
LAR
31
F
OAK
15
DEN
16
F
PHI
34
NYG
17
F
IND
20
JAX
38
F
TEN
35
HOU
14
F
WAS
16
DAL
47
F
PIT
10
BAL
28
F
SF
26
SEA
21
F

Denver 16, Oakland 15

Dec 29, 2019, 4:25 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Oakland (7-9)

0

3

0

12

15

Denver (7-9)

0

10

3

3

16

Broncos beat Raiders 16-15 to keep rival from playoffs
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:42 PM

DENVER (AP)

Shelby Harris capped his breakout season with a knockdown that officially knocked out the Oakland Raiders.

The nose tackle who was cut three times by the Raiders before blossoming in Denver batted down Derek Carr's 2-point pass to Hunter Renfrow with 7 seconds left Sunday and the Broncos put at end to the Raiders' dim playoff hopes - and to Oakland's run as an NFL city with a 16-15 win.

"He's a knockdown artist," Chris Harris Jr. said. "He's clutch."

Shelby Harris said he knew all he had time to do was get his hands up high.

"You knew it was going to be a quick pass and it was going to be pretty tough to get a sack on that, so you have to do the next best thing and knock the ball down," he said.

The Raiders (7-9) nearly made the Broncos (7-9) pay dearly for Garett Bolles' 15th penalty of the season. His personal foul long after the whistle pushed Brandon McManus way back for a 57-yard field-goal attempt, which sailed wide, giving Oakland the ball at its 45-yard line with 1:41 remaining trailing by 7.

Carr hit Renfrow for the touchdown on second-and-goal from the 3 -- the first time the Raiders reached the end zone in five red-zone trips -- and coach Jon Gruden decided to go for the win instead of the tie.

"We lost our linebackers. We only had 1½ linebackers left," Gruden said. "We really didn't want to go to overtime. We were running out of men."

At the snap, he had an inkling it was the right call, too.

"We felt we're going to win that game right there with that route," Gruden said. "Doggone Shelby Harris batted it down."

Carr said had Harris not gotten his hand on the ball, Oakland wins.

“Oh, 100%,” Carr said. “Renfrow ran the perfect route and was wide open. I went to throw it and Harris moves and gets his hand on it.

“I'm sure someone will blame me for that one, but you've got to give Shelby credit for making that play," Carr added. “It's just tough in that situation. Especially like you get this feeling inside when it opens up and you're like, ‘We have it. This is the win!' For the ball to get batted down, it hurts your heart."

The Raiders had an outside shot of making the playoffs for just the second time since 2002, but they needed several things to go right, starting with a win. Instead, they ended their time in Oakland with another losing record as they head to Las Vegas in the new year.

“Definitely would have liked to win it," Renfrow said. “But it was good that we didn't stop fighting. We kind of knew we were out of the playoff race when Tennessee won, and so I think it was a great job of not only the offense, but the defense getting stops and just finishing."

The Broncos posted their third consecutive losing season but they head into 2020 with renewed optimism thanks to rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who went 4-1 in his five starts. The Broncos finished 7-5 after a winless first month under first-year head coach Vic Fangio.

“Although 7-9 is a record that nobody's proud of and it's not the rich tradition that this franchise is used to, I do think it says something about the guys," said Fangio.

Lock completed 17 of 28 passes for 177 yards and a 1-yard TD toss to fullback Andrew Beck, whose first career TD catch gave Denver a 10-3 halftime lead. The score was set up by safety Trey Marshall's recovery of Marcell Ateman's fumble.

"Overall, the last five games, I thought my audition went really well," said Lock, adding he would speak soon with both his boss, John Elway, and Peyton Manning, for tips about handling the upcoming offseason.

Carr was 29 of 46 for 391 yards and the TD throw to Renfrow, who caught six passes for 102 yards to go with tight end Darren Waller's six catches for 107 yards.

SEEING RED

The Broncos' top-rated red-zone defense showed up Sunday with four stops, none bigger than Von Miller 's stuff of fullback Alec Ingold on fourth-and-goal from a foot away in the first half after a TD catch by Renfrow was overturned on review.

That marked the Broncos' first goal-line stand since Oct. 22, 2017, against the Chargers.

The Raiders also stalled at the 20 (missed field goal) and the 5-yard line, which left them trailing 10-3 at halftime despite outgaining the Broncos 209-83 yards through the air.

"It was terrible," Gruden said. "We had a great opening drive, thought we had Renfrow wide open for a look and we didn't convert that, and we missed a short field goal. We had a touchdown to Renfrow called back by our friend in New York. I thought we scored. I thought we were in on Ingold's play. That's a zilch. Then we had a drive where we settled for a field goal.

"Good defensive team. Fangio's good. They have good players. We left a lot out there. There were plays to be made and we didn't make them."

LINDSAY 1,000

It wasn't easy but Phillip Lindsay gained 53 yards on 18 carries to top 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight season.

"I was told he's the only undrafted player in the history of the NFL to do that," Fangio said. "That's a hell of an accomplishment. It's also not a very good accomplishment for all of the people that bypassed him in the draft."

Lindsay said: "It was probably the toughest 1,000 yards I've ever had to get in my life (but) I got to showcase my toughness and my ability to be an every-down back."

INJURIES

Raiders: Leading rusher Josh Jacobs was held out again with a shoulder injury and an illness. They lost MLB Will Compton to a concussion and WLB Nicholas Morrow was nicked up.

UP NEXT

Raiders: Move to Las Vegas.

Broncos: Head into offseason for first time since 2014 not looking for a new head coach or a new starting quarterback.

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Passing

OAK Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Carr 46 29 63.0 1 391 75 0 97.3 2
DEN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Lock 28 17 60.7 1 177 19 0 90.9 2

Rushing

OAK Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Ingold 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Carr 1 0 0.0 0 0
DEN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
P. Lindsay 18 53 2.9 8 0
D. Lock 6 29 4.8 12 0

Receiving

OAK Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Waller 6 107 17.8 75 0
H. Renfrow 6 102 17.0 39 1
DEN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Hamilton 5 65 13.0 17 0
C. Sutton 4 52 13.0 19 0

Team Stats Comparison

OAK DEN
Points For 15 16
Total Yards 477 238
Rushing Yards 97 70
Passing Yards 380 168
Passing Completions / Attempts 29/46 17/28
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 4/1
First Downs 18 16
Rushing Touchdowns 0 0
Passing Touchdowns 1 1
Penalties - Yards 10/107 9/61
Time Of Possession 33:00 27:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/16 3/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/3 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 1/5 1/1
Sacks Against 2 2
Punts - Average Yards 3/41 5/51
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/2 1/4
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/12 3/9

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter OAK DEN
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter OAK DEN
OAK 0:54 FG Daniel Carlson 23 yd FG 3 0
DEN 6:39 FG Brandon McManus 43 yd FG 3 3
DEN 14:32 TD Andrew Beck 1 yd pass from Drew Lock (Brandon McManus kick) 3 10
3rd Quarter OAK DEN
DEN 10:23 FG Brandon McManus 49 yd FG 3 13
4th Quarter OAK DEN
DEN 0:05 FG Brandon McManus 51 yd FG 3 16
OAK 5:57 FG Daniel Carlson 33 yd FG 6 16
OAK 11:51 FG Daniel Carlson 28 yd FG 9 16
OAK 14:53 TD Hunter Renfrow 3 yd pass from Derek Carr (failed 2pt Pass from Derek Carr) 15 16

Game Information

Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 76,334
Game Time: 3:22
Weather: