OAKLAND, Calif. –- Here are halftime notes from Oakland, where the Colts lead the Raiders 17-13 after scoring on a touchdown drive in the final minute of the first half.
The Raiders’ offense came alive win the second quarter after they had 8 yards and no first downs in the first quarter. Oakland, which was given a boost on a 99-yard kickoff return by rookie Jacoby Ford to start the game, scored two field goals by Sebastian Janikowski in the second quarter. One was a 59-yarder. It was the second-longest field goal in team history. Janikowski had a 61-yarder last year in Cleveland. As long as Janikowski is still playing, the record for longest field goal (63 yards, shared by Tom Dempsey and Jason Elam) is threatened. Janikowski did miss a 54-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half.
The scoreboard has not shown the Chiefs’ 34-14 win over Tennessee that eliminated the Raiders from playoff consideration. However, the scoreboard operators have made special notice of the Bay Area-rival 49ers losing in St. Louis, ending their playoff hopes, and the Bengals’ early lead over the Chargers.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is having his moments, but he’s not shredding the Raiders. He has completed 12 of 19 passes for 149 yards. Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell has completed 12 of 18 passes for 87 yards.
The game has been physical and got chippy late in the first half.