Broncos 27, Raiders 24
DENVER (AP) _ Somehow, the Denver Broncos almost always beat the Oakland Raiders.
Denver did it for the second time this season Monday night, winning 27-24 on Jason Elam’s 41-yard field goal on the final play of the game after Oakland had rallied from two TDs down in the second half to tie the game with a little over a minute left.
It was the second loss this season for the Raiders (8-2) _ both to the Broncos _ and dropped them into a tie for the NFL’s best record with Tennessee, Miami, Minnesota and St. Louis. It ended a six-game winning streak that began after Denver beat them 33-24 in Oakland on Sept. 17.
The Broncos (6-4) are still two games behind the Raiders, who could have just about wrapped up the AFC West with a win. But Denver will have the tiebreaker if they can make up those games and is in the thick of the AFC wild-card race.
The Broncos took a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard TD pass to Byron Chamberlain from Brian Griese, who missed a little more than one series with a bruised shoulder.
That capped a string of 17 straight points by the Broncos, who broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter when rookie Ian Gold blocked a Shane Lechler punt and returned it 12 yards for a TD.
But the Raiders rallied for two TDs, the first on a 1-yard run by Zack Crockett, the second on a 22-yard pass from Rich Gannon to Tim Brown with 1:06 left.