Oakland 23, Denver 20

Date - 10:15 PM EST, Monday, September 12, 2011
Location - Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Temperature - 75°
Head Official - Jerome Boger
Attendance - 75671

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Oakland 0 16 0 7 23
Denver 3 0 10 7 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oakland 0-0 0-0 0-0 W1
Denver 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1


Darren McFadden rushed for 150 yards and Sebastian Janikowski kicked three field goals, including a record-tying 63-yarder, to lift the visiting Oakland Raiders to a 23-20 victory over the turnover-prone Denver Broncos on Monday night.

The Raiders turned three turnovers and a blocked punt into 13 points and snapped a string of losing eight consecutive season openers to give Hue Jackson a victory in his head coaching debut.

McFadden had a dazzling 47-yard run to set up quarterback Jason Campbell's 1-yard plunge for a 23-13 lead with 12 1/2 minutes to play.

That touchdown came three plays after Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton committed a huge turnover with his team driving for the tying or go-ahead score.

Orton simply dropped the ball as he was attempting to pass and the Raiders recovered. Moments later, Denver fans started to chant for backup quarterback Tim Tebow, last year's first-round draft pick.

Denver, which had won 11 consecutive home openers, got within 23-20 with 3:48 left when Orton capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 9-yard scoring pass to Lance Ball, but the Raiders ran out the clock for their eighth straight win over an AFC West foe.

The Raiders took control of a sloppy, penalty-filled first half by scoring 16 points in the second quarter.

Janikowski kicked three field goals in the quarter, including the booming 63-yarder as time expired in the half that tied Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam for the longest in NFL history.

Eric Decker had a 90-yard punt return for Denver. It was the eighth kickoff or punt return for a TD during Week 1, setting a league record for the most in any week.

Orton finished 24 of 46 for 304 yards with a TD, interception and fumble.

Top Game Performances

Oakland   Denver
Darren McFadden Player Knowshon Moreno
22 Attempts 8
150 Yards 22
6.8 Avg Yards 2.8
0 Touchdowns 0
47 Long 9
Oakland   Denver
Darrius Heyward-Bey Player Brandon Lloyd
4 Receptions 6
44 Yards 89
11.0 Avg Yards 14.8
0 Touchdowns 0
17 Long 20

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Oakland 289 190 99 2 3 1 4.0 3
Denver 310 38 272 2 2 0 1.0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Denver will play their next game at home against Cincinnati . The Broncos have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Oakland will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Raiders have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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