Final

Broncos 31

(7-2, 2-2 away)

Raiders 17

(3-6, 2-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, November 13, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 0 13 10 831
OAK 0 0 0 1717

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (OAK) - 310 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Anderson (DEN) - 17 CAR, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Moss (OAK) - 6 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Plummer, Williams lead Denver past Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jake Plummer threw a slant pass toward Rod Smith when Kirk Morrison stepped in front, seemingly poised for an interception and maybe even a touchdown return.

It was over when ...
Bronco cornerback Darrent Williams returned a Kerry Collins interception 80 yards for a touchdown. Oakland had climbed back into the game at 23-10, and had the ball in Denver territory, but Williams' score and the subsequent 2-point conversion put the game out of reach.
Game ball goes to ...
Williams. Along with the interception return, Williams also returned a punt 52 yards at the end of the first quarter to set up Denver's first touchdown.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Mike Shanahan has done a remarkable job with QB Jake Plummer. They are limiting mistakes while also still taking shots downfield. That's the difference between this team and past Broncos' teams post-Elway. This team played well defensively today and did a good job of rattling Kerry Collins' cage and now they're starting the climb to becoming one of the elite AFC teams.
-- Eric Allen

He dropped the ball. That's the kind of season it's been for Plummer: Even when he makes mistakes, somehow he escapes unscathed.

Now, his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West.

Plummer passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, had no interceptions and wasn't sacked all day, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals to lead Denver past the Oakland Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.

"You saw it today, there was somebody looking out for me, football love, or something like that," Plummer said. "That ball was in No. 52's hands. He should have run it back for a touchdown, but it fell to the ground. There have been a lot of balls that have been tipped up during my time in the league that have sat up there and hovered like a spaceship. I've been marked as a guy who has thrown a lot of picks."

Twenty last season. He has three this year.

Plummer worked tirelessly to eliminate all the mistakes that plagued him in the past. He's been near perfect, catching some long-awaited breaks.

"I just dropped the ball," Morrison said. "You have to make that play, especially at that time of the game. I could have helped our team swing the momentum and help us win the game."

Darrent Williams did that for Denver. He had a 52-yard punt return to set up the Broncos' first touchdown, then made an 80-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter score that ended Oakland's chance at a comeback.

Ashley Lelie caught passes of 41 and 38 yards as the Broncos (7-2) took a two-game division lead after the Kansas City Chiefs lost 14-3 at Buffalo. Mike Anderson ran for a 1-yard score and Denver looked sharp coming off its bye week, methodically handling the Raiders (3-6) on both sides of the ball.

Plummer completed 10 of 13 passes in the first half and had plenty of time to throw on most of his chances thanks to the strong play of his offensive line.

"That's what we do, we make plays when necessary," said Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who enjoyed his first career matchup with Randy Moss. "We got it done, and that's what matters. There's nothing we can do except win games."

Moss had a 29-yard touchdown among his six receptions, his most catches since joining the Raiders from Minnesota in March. He now has five TDs, but that didn't seem to matter to Moss. While the rest of the players shook hands afterward, a seething Moss walked off the field alone. He hasn't spoken to the media since the season opener Sept. 8 at New England.

Quarterback Kerry Collins couldn't do much right in his worst game of the year. He completed 26 of 50 passes for 310 yards, doubled his season total with three interceptions and was sacked four times. Collins connected with Moss in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for one of the few highlights by the Oakland offense.

Moss, again playing in a limited role because of bruised ribs, a strained groin and bruised pelvic area from a fall against San Diego on Oct. 16, caught the ball in the corner of the end zone just over the outstretched hand of Domonique Foxworth.

The Raiders got another chance right away when Smith fumbled after a catch and Fabian Washington recovered, but Oakland settled for a 40-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski after Collins was sacked and fumbled.

"I'm real disappointed in the way I played," Collins said. "It's pretty simple. I need to play better. I can't do the things I did today."

The Raiders, trying to bounce back from a demoralizing last-second 27-23 road defeat to the Chiefs, are 2-14 against the division since losing the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay after the 2002 season and winless in four games against the AFC West this season.

Collins was picked off by Bailey on Oakland's second drive of the game when Collins threw behind Jerry Porter in Denver territory, but the Broncos went three-and-out.

On Denver's next drive, Williams returned the punt 52 yards to the Oakland 30. Two plays later, Plummer hit Smith on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Plummer completed a 38-yard pass to Lelie on the Broncos' following possession, again exploiting the injury-depleted Oakland secondary. That set up Elam's 22-yard field goal. He also kicked field goals of 38 and 25 yards.

Game notes


Elam's 11 points give him 193 for his career against the Raiders, moving past Nick Lowery (189) for the most ever against Al Davis' team. ... The visiting team has won the last four meetings in this rivalry -- the longest stretch of road teams winning in the series.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
OAK
1st Downs1820
Passing 1st downs
915
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
5-134-15
4th down efficiency
0-03-3
Total Plays6071
Total Yards326335
Yards per play5.44.7
Total Drives1611
Passing205275
Comp-Att
16-2226-50
Yards per pass
9.35.1
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-04-35
Rushing12160
Rushing Attempts
3817
Yards per rush
3.23.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-50-3
Penalties4-309-58
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession30:4729:13

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Plummer16/222059.3100-0
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins26/503106.2234-35

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson17653.8123
Bell16442.8014
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan14483.4011
Crockett3124.006

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lelie37625.3041
Smith55010.0127
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss68714.5129
Jordan7608.6023

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERDENOAK
denTD15:00Rod Smith, 27 yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 30 yds, 14:27
70
denFG8:16Jason Elam 14 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yds, 5:00
100
denFG0:02Jason Elam 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 45 yds, 2:25
130
THIRD QUARTERDENOAK
denTD7:27Mike Anderson, 1 yd run (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:22
200
denFG1:02Jason Elam 16 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yds, 4:38
230
FOURTH QUARTERDENOAK
oakTD14:24Randy Moss, 29 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 13:30
237
oakFG12:05Sebastian Janikowski 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yds, 1:58
2310
denTD7:16Darrent Williams, 80 yd interception return( for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yds, 1:18
3110
oakTD2:04Doug Gabriel, 14 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 72 yds, 4:53
3117