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On This Day in Broncos History: November 29

Denver-Oakland, Always an Exciting Game

Doug Pensinger

November 29, 1964 - Denver's first-ever game on November 29 came in 1964. On a clear, 35-degree, Sunday afternoon, the Broncos played host to the Oakland Raiders. Denver entered the game with a 2-9-0 record while the Raiders had struggled to a 3-7-1 mark. Oakland had drubbed the Broncos 40-7 just five weeks earlier. It looked like this game would go the same way when Denver fumbled on the opening kickoff and the Raiders turned the turnover into a touchdown.

After a Denver punt, the Broncos intercepted Raider QB Tom Flores in the end zone. On their next drive, RB Billy Joe scored on a 2-yard run up the middle. The teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter for a 10-10 halftime tie. Denver capped its first possession of the second half with an 8-yard touchdown run by RB Charlie Mitchell to take a 17-10 lead. K Dick Guessman added a field goal on the Broncos' first possession of the fourth quarter to give his team a 20-10 lead. Sadly, the lead did not hold up as Oakland was able to score 10 fourth-quarter points -- one of which was a pass that had been tipped by a Denver defender but was caught by an Oakland receiver for a touchdown. Thus, Denver's first game on November 29 ended in a 20-20 tie.