Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos outscored the Oakland Raiders 31-7 in the second half and pulled off an impressive win at the Oakland Coliseum with a final score of 38-24. The Broncos had players from all elements of the team contribute to pull off their third win of the season (3-5), and second with Tebow starting at quarterback.
Cornerback Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos had an impressive game with a team high 11 tackles and an interception. On the next play after Harris’ interception, Tebow handed the ball off to Willis McGahee who carried for a 60-yard touchdown run, evening the score at 24 going into the 4th quarter. Champ Bailey had 2 interceptions (49th and 50th of his career), each impeding a driving Oakland team led by quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer, playing only his 2nd game with the Raiders after being traded by the Bengals a couple of weeks ago, threw for 332 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
The Broncos pulled away in the 4th quarter when Eddie Royal returned a punt
85 yards to put Denver up 31-24, finishing the play by ‘Tebowing’ in the end zone in front of an unruly Oakland crowd in the teeth of the notorious Black Hole. The Denver defense held Oakland to a punt, which gave the Broncos offense the opportunity to seal the win. McGahee ran for his second touchdown of the game, a virtually untouched 24-yard run, and put the Broncos up 38-24.
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow seemed to quiet the doubters once again for now. Although his completion percentage was poor (48%), he did show flashes of greatness and played his most complete NFL game thus far. Tebow only threw for 124 yards but ran for another 117. He threw for 2 touchdowns, no interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 98.1. Tebow spent much of the game on the ground but managed to only get sacked one time, which was a big improvement from the last two games where he was sacked 13 times during that stretch.
With losses today by Oakland, Kansas City, and San Diego, the Broncos now find themselves in a tight divisional race. They will travel to Kansas City next week to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead stadium. With a win in Kansas City, the Broncos would find themselves tied for 2nd in the AFC West since the Chargers and Raiders go head-to-head Thursday night.
Top Denver Broncos performers:
Tim Tebow – 241 total yards, 2 TD
Willis McGahee – 20 rushes, 163 yards, 2 TD
Chris Harris – 11 tackles, 1 INT
Champ Bailey – 2 INT
* All stats taken from http://www.espn.go.com