Story and photo by R. Mascardo
OAKLAND — After the final seconds, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with fans.
The Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at the end of what seemed like another disappointing season.
Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it,
Oakland native Doug Martin ran for 107 yards and a score. The Raiders beat the Broncos 27-14 on December 24 in what could possibly be the final NFL game ever at the Coliseum.
The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year.
With Oakland officials suing the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.
A decision is expected before the Super Bowl but many die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the Stadium that opened in 1966.
While the Raiders celebrated, the Broncos hit a low, confident of a back-to-back season and now losing for the first time since 1971-72.
The Raiders came into the game allowing the most points per game in franchise history since 1961 but gave up nothing in the opening half against the Broncos.
It’s the third straight meeting between the teams where Denver failed to score in the opening half. This is the only time in the past 90 games that Oakland has pitched a first half shutout.
NEXT: Raiders visit Chiefs on January 6.