This game started slowly, in terms of scoring. Neither team was able to put points on the board in the first quarter. Denver broke the 0-0 tie in the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Rich Karlis. The Raiders answered with a touchdown. Karlis added a second field goal -- 32 yards this time -- to narrow the deficit to 7-6 at the half. Each team added a field goal in the third quarter and the score stood at 10-9 Los Angeles when Denver RB Gerald Willhite made it into the end zone on a 4-yard run for Denver's first touchdown and a 16-10 Broncos advantage. The Raiders added another field goal in the fourth quarter, but could not rally to defeat Denver.
Denver was more dominant in this game than the score might suggest: the Broncos held a 26-12 advantage in first downs, rushed for 231 yards (led by Sammy Winder with 91 and Willhite with 82) and won the turnover battle 2-1.
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