On This Date In Raiders History:
December 20, 2009
The Raiders went to Invesco Field to take on their division rivals, the Denver Broncos, in a Week 15 matchup. The Raiders were looking to spoil the Broncos’ chances of making the postseason.
A touchdown with under a minute to go from JaMarcus Russell to Chaz Schilens gave the Raiders a 20-19 lead that would stand for the final score. Michael Bush led the offense with 133 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Darren McFadden added another 74 yards on the ground to boost the offense. Starting quarterback Charlie Frye was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter, prompting Russell to be inserted. Schilens led the receivers with five catches for 37 yards and the score.
On defense, the Raiders held the Broncos to just 80 rushing yards and had a key goal line stand to help in the victory. The Broncos had first down at the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter but the Raiders held their ground and kept the Broncos to just a field goal. Greg Ellis had two sacks and Matt Shaughnessy had another in the defensive effort.
That season, the Raiders finished 5-11 and failed to make the postseason.