4:15 PM ET, September 16, 2007
Invesco Field, Denver, CO
DENVER (AP) -- The crowd groaned, the Raiders celebrated and Mike Shanahan smiled.The Denver Broncos coach may never have called a smarter timeout.Jason Elam's 23-yard field goal with 5:48 left in overtime gave the Broncos a 23-20 win over Oakland just minutes after the Raiders had exulted over what they thought was their own wild win.
It's not often you see an onsides kick in the third quarter, but the Raiders executed it to perfection against Denver. Oakland special teams coach Brian Schneider saw that the Denver front line, specifically the right tackle, was bailing too soon on the kickoffs and wasn't clearing the kick. So Schneider instructed kicker Sebastian Janikowsi to surprise onside to Oakland's left, where the vulnerability showed. The call came at the perfect time when Oakland was just coming off a a Jerry Porter TD. It kept momentum on the Raiders' side and took the crowd out of the game. While the Broncos came back to win, the Raiders' bold special teams play will help them down the road at some point.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
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Shanahan is 20-5 against his former team, and the Broncos are 12-1 in home openers under Shanahan. ... RB LaMont Jordan gained a career-best 159 yards on 25 carries for Oakland. ... CB Champ Bailey, who tied for the league lead with 10 interceptions last year, picked off his first of the season.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||05:02||Brandon Stokley 9 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Jason Elam Kick)||0||7|
|FG||10:26||Sebastian Janikowski 38 Yd||3||7|
|TD||07:34||Cecil Sapp 4 Yd Run (Jason Elam Kick)||3||14|
|FG||00:18||Jason Elam 23 Yd||3||17|
|TD||05:19||Jerry Porter 46 Yd Pass From Josh Mccown (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||10||17|
|SF||14:15||Jay Cutler Tackled By Gerard Warren In End Zone.||12||17|
|TD||08:55||Thomas Howard 44 Yd Interception Return (Josh Mccown Pass To Ronald Curry For Two-Point Conversion)||20||17|
|FG||02:18||Jason Elam 20 Yd||20||20|
|FG||05:48||Jason Elam 23 Yd||20||23|