Unfortunately for the Silver & Black they were playing against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and a Broncos team that was playing for the second seed in the AFC playoffs.
The Raiders offense struggled from the beginning, going three and out on five of the first six possessions. In fact, the Raiders didn’t get a first down until about four minutes into the second quarter.
The struggling offense put the Raiders defense in a tough spot as Manning and the potent Broncos offense benefited with good field position. After a field goal to put Denver up 3-0, Vallejo-native and Cal alum C.J. Anderson punched in Denver’s first touchdown with an 11-yard run that put them up 10-0 early.
Despite still not having a first down on the day, the Raiders got on the board with their first defensive score of the season. Defensive end Justin Tuck reached up to tip a quite screen throw that was ruled a backwards pass. Rookie defensive back Keith McGill, who was in because of the injury to TJ Carrie, scooped up the ball and took it into the end zone for the touchdown, bringing the score to 10-7.
But in typical Manning fashion, the Broncos would answer, and quickly, as they drove 80 yards in just over five minutes. The drive was topped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Anderson, his second of the day. The Broncos would tack on another field goal to make the score 20-7 at halftime, with the Raiders still only have earned one first down.
The Raiders looked to get off to a better start in the second half, but sadly, that was not the case.
Kick returner Omar Bolden took the opening kickoff back 76 yards to give Manning and the offense great field position once again. Just two plays later, Anderson would capitalize on some horrendous tackling to scamper 25 yards into the end zone for his third touchdown of the day.
Derek Carr and the Raiders offense finally got some yards on the ensuing drive when the rookie quarterback found Latavius Murray underneath on third down, who used a nice block by Kenbrell Thompkins to go 46 yards.
The Raiders capitalized with another beautiful play-action pass to fullback Jamize Olawale, who was wide open in the end zone. It was Olawale’s second-career touchdown, and second in as many weeks.
The Broncos would answer, but only with a field goal, putting them up 30-14
Carr missed another chance to get into the end zone when Greg Olson went to some trickery with a flea-flicker, but the young quarterback overthrew Andre Holmes who couldn’t come away with the diving catch.
Instead of going for it on fourth down or attempting a 57-yard field goal, Sparano punted the ball back to Manning, who took advantage of a field goal.
The Raiders would not get back on the scoreboard, but the Broncos would take advantage of a miscue from Carr. Carr would be sacked for an 11-yard loss, but fumble the ball and have the Broncos defender return it for the touchdown.
Head coach John Fox would put in his backups in the fourth quarter with the win all but secured. Second-string quarterback Brock Osweiler would add on to the lead with a touchdown throw to tight end Virgil Green, bringing the score to the final of 47-14. The loss kept the Raiders winless on the road in the 2014 season.
Now the Raiders have some tough decisions to make, including at the head coaching position and general manager position. Changes may come as soon as Monday.