The Denver Broncos got the ball to open up the second half. Drew Lock would do a quick pass into the flat to Melvin Gordon for a short gain, then another short gain by Gordon on second down setup a third and 6. Lock found DaeSean Hamilton for the third down conversion on the next play.
Nice play by Lock on third and long pic.twitter.com/4Y6Wf8z0oA— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 3, 2021
Denver got out to midfield with a nice throw to Jerry Jeudy on first down, but Lock’s next throw was dropped by Hamilton on a deep out route. Lock threw it deep to Hamilton on the next play, but it was overthrown badly. The officials called a pass interference, which set Denver up in good position to score on the drive.
The drive would stall from there. Brandon McManus would kick the 47 yard field goal to cut the lead to four.
Raiders 17, Broncos 13.
After the Broncos defense forced a three and out with a Dre’Mont Jones sack, the Broncos offense began their next possession at their own 39 yard line after a 19 yard return by Diontae Spencer.
Drew Lock’s deep ball had been ugly all game, but the second down deep throw to an open receiver on the Broncos next possession was his ugliest by far. It was at least 15 yards overthrown. On fourth and one, Head Coach Vic Fangio then decided to punt from midfield.
It worked out in Denver’s favor as Justin Simmons would come up with the interception on a third down throw by Derek Carr to set the Broncos up at the Raiders 38 yard line.
Justin Simmons with an interception! pic.twitter.com/q4nEsQRB20— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 3, 2021
Two plays later Lock hit Noah Fant with a beautiful back shoulder pass down to the Raider 15. The Broncos drive would stall from there and Brandon McManus would kick another field goal to close the gap to a point.
Raiders 17, Broncos 16.
After a 13 yard pass to Darren Waller, Carr his Henry Ruggs on an end around who was knocked out on a hit and fumbled. The Broncos recovered at the Raider 35 yard line.
O.J. with another forced fumble and the Broncos have the ball! pic.twitter.com/rtdc2Qoyzw— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) January 3, 2021
The third quarter would end with the Broncos offense driving into field goal range.