The Raiders remained in contention for the AFC West title with a 39-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at the rain-soaked Coliseum.
A 71-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Jacoby Ford on a reverse started the Raiders, and a 73-yard catch-and-run by fullback Marcel Reece provided the breathing room Oakland needed against the Broncos.
The Raiders needed to win to keep within striking distance of the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, who beat the St. Louis Rams 27-13. The Raiders improved to 7-7. Still, they need to win their final two games, including the season finale against the Chiefs on Jan. 2.
The Broncos acquitted themselves well on the heels of a 59-14 loss to the Raiders at Invesco Field at Mile High on Oct. 24.
The teams traded leads several times before the Raiders seized control of the game early in the fourth quarter on Reece's long touchdown play. He eluded Broncos safety David Bruton in Broncos territory and negotiated the remaining yards without a challenge.
Linebacker Quentin Groves sealed the victory with a tackle of running back Correll Buckhalter in the end zone for a safety to put the Raiders two scores ahead.
Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow made his first NFL start Sunday and showed that he is capable of playing the position at this level.
He became only the third player in NFL history with a touchdown pass of at least 30 yards and a touchdown run of at least 40 yards in the
The Raiders rushed for 328 yards against the Broncos in the teams' first meeting Oct. 24 in the lopsided victory. They surpassed the 200-yard mark by halftime Sunday and finished with 264 yards on the ground. The Raiders accumulated 502 yards in all.
Sebastian Janikowski added four field goals for the Raiders in a game in which they had little margin for error.