Raiders Hold onto Playoff chances with a Victory Over the Broncos

The Raiders beat The Broncos 17-13 in Week 16, to keep themselves in the playoff race

Raider Nation, we get to live to see another day. On Sunday, December 27, 2021, the Las Vegas Raiders won a close game 17-13 over the Denver Broncos in a battle between two 7-7 teams.

Pregame Performance

Long time entertainer, actress, and philanthropist Dionne Warwick stunned the crowd with a thrilling performance moments before kickoff.

“I believe the one person who was as big a Raiders fan as me was Jim Garner,” said Warwick to “I am definitely Ms. Raider Nation.”

Raiders personnel say that, Warwick has been a fan of the team for a very long time. She fulfilled her dream by performing the National Anthem during a Raiders game in 1991.

first Half

After a scoreless first quarter, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Redfrow. The Raiders struck first and lead 7-0.

Denver Kicker Brandon McManus hit a 49-yard field goal, to cut the lead 7-3.

With 0:32 left in the half, McManus made another field goal. Denver took the lead, 7-6. After a Raiders interception, Javontae Williams scored from 1-yard out.

The Broncos led the Raiders 13-7 at halftime.

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Second Half

Running Back Peyton Barber barreled into the end zone with a 5-yard touchdown run with 10:22 left in the third quarter.

An extra point made by Daniel Carlson gave the Raiders a 14-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.

With 7:23 left, Carlson sealed the game with a 41-yard field goal. The Raiders picked up a huge win 17-13 over the Broncos.

Game Stats

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was 20-of-25 for 201-yards with one touchdown and an interception. Carr completed multiple passes to all seven receivers. Zay Jones led the way with six catches for 50-yards.

Hunter Renfrow had three catches for 40-yards and a touchdown reception. Foster Moreau and DeSean Jackson both had four receptions.

Drew Lock started in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater left the game with a concussion in last week’s lost to the Bengals, 15-10. Lock made 15 completions on 22 attempts for 153-yards.

“They did a good job up front on us,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said to “We could never seem to get our backs through the first wave of the defensive line and we had a hard time finding any room there. You get 158 yards of offense and eight first downs, it’s hard to say anything good about the offense.”

The Raiders were 9 for 10 in halting Denver on third downs and held the Broncos to 158 total yards offensively. The Broncos were halted to 18-yards rushing.

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“We’re seeing a team that has responded well to adversity, whether it’s before the game or whether it’s during the game,” Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia told

AFC West Standings

Team Record Division Conference

Kansas City Chiefs 11-4, 4-1, 6-4

Los Angeles Chargers 8-7, 2-2, 5-5

Las Vegas Raiders 8-7, 2-3, 6-4

Denver Broncos 7-8, 1-3, 3-7


The Raiders (8-7) will be traveling to Indianapolis in the new year to take on the Colts (9-6) next Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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