December 30, 2019 / 1:20 AM / 22 days ago

Broncos thwart Raiders' 2-point try to hold on for win

Rookie Drew Lock threw a touchdown pass and host Denver withstood a two-point conversion attempt with seven seconds remaining to defeat Oakland 16-15 in the season finale for both teams.

Dec 29, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The loss brought an official end to the Raiders’ tenure in Oakland as they prepare to move to Las Vegas for next season. Though they finished with a 7-9 record, they began the day with a long-shot chance to claim the last AFC wild-card spot.

Lock completed 17 of 28 for 177 yards and improved to 4-1 as a starter. Oakland’s Derek Carr completed 29 of 46 for 391 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with seven seconds left.

The Raiders then went for two points, but Carr’s pass to Renfrow was incomplete and the Broncos (7-9) recovered the ensuing onside kick.

The Raiders were eliminated by then, however, as Tennessee had defeated Houston to claim the final spot while Oakland was still playing.

Denver led 10-3 at halftime and Brandon McManus’ 49-yard field goal increased the lead to 13-3 at the end of the third quarter.

He added a 51-yarder early in the fourth quarter before Daniel Carlson’s 33-yard field goal cut the lead to 16-6 with 9:03 remaining. Carlson kicked a 28-yarder with 3:09 left and Carr drove the Raiders 53 yards in eight plays for the chance to tie or win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Carlson made a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Broncos tied the score midway through the period when McManus kicked a 43-yard field goal.

Oakland missed an opportunity to regain the lead on the ensuing drive, though it appeared it had when Carr hit Renfrow on third-and-goal from the 5 and the play was ruled a touchdown. But the replay official ruled Renfrow did not break the plane and the ball was placed on the 1-yard-line. On fourth-and-1, Von Miller stopped Alec Ingold for no gain.

Lock threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Beck with 28 seconds left in the first half to give Denver its halftime lead.

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