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On This Day in Broncos History: September 30

Relive a Broncos win over the Raiders

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September 30, 1984 -- Denver faced off against the Raiders for on September 30. The Broncos were coming off a 9-7-0 season in which they finished 2nd in the AFC West, made the playoffs, but lost in the Wild Card Round. Los Angeles was coming off a 12-4-0 season in which they won not only the AFC West, but the Super Bowl as well. Both teams were off to fast starts in 1984 -- the Broncos were 3-1 while the Raiders were 4-0.

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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