Broncos-Raiders Rivalry
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Broncos%E2%80%93Raiders Rivalry
Broncos-Raiders rivalry
Denver Broncos wordmark.svg
Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders wordmark.svg
Oakland Raiders
First meetingOctober 2, 1960
Broncos 31, Raiders 14
Latest meetingSeptember 9, 2019
Raiders 24, Broncos 16
Next meetingDecember 29, 2019
Meetings total120
All-time seriesRaiders, 65-53-2
Postseason resultsTie, 1-1
  • January 1, 1978: Broncos 20, Raiders 17
  • January 9, 1994: Raiders 42, Broncos 24
Largest victoryBroncos: 44-7 (1962);
Raiders: 51-0 (1967)
Longest win streakBroncos, 8 (2011-15);
Raiders: 14 (1965-71)
Current win streakRaiders, 2 (2018-present)
Championship success
AFL Championships (1960-69)
Super Bowl Championships (6)
AFL Western Division Championships (3)
AFC West Divisional Championships (27)
AFC Wild Card Berths (12) (1970-present)
Super Bowl Appearances (13)

The Broncos-Raiders rivalry is a rivalry between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders in the National Football League's AFC West division. Since the American Football League was established in 1960, the Broncos and the Raiders have shared the same division, first being the AFL Western Conference, and since the AFL-NFL merger, the AFC West.

Notable moments


  • 1977 season: The 1977 Raiders were the defending Super Bowl champions, whereas the Broncos had never qualified for postseason play -- AFL or NFL. On October 16, the 4-0 Broncos defeated the 4-0 Raiders in Oakland, ending the Raiders' 17-game winning streak in a game where Raiders' quarterback Ken Stabler threw seven interceptions.[1] Two weeks later, the Raiders would defeat the Broncos in Denver. In the playoffs, the Broncos, competing in their first-ever postseason, and second-ever postseason game, defeated the Raiders 20-17 at Mile High Stadium to win their first AFC championship.[2]
  • September 26, 1988: The Broncos led 24-0 at halftime on Monday Night Football. However, the Raiders sparked one of the largest comebacks in NFL history, winning 30-27 in overtime. After serving as an offensive assistant under Broncos' head coach Dan Reeves in the mid-1980s (and again in the early 1990s), Mike Shanahan's first season as an NFL head coach was with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988, before he was fired four games into the 1989 season.[3]
  • December 2, 1990: Raiders' defensive tackle Scott Davis blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt by Broncos' kicker David Treadwell in the final seconds for a 23-20 Raiders' win at Mile High Stadium.[4]
  • November 10, 1991: The Raiders won 17-16 in Denver, aided by two blocked kicks -- an extra-point attempt and a last-second field goal attempt. The Broncos were trailing 17-10 with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter, and attempting to tie the game after a touchdown pass from John Elway to Vance Johnson. However, Raiders' defensive tackle Scott Davis blocked the extra-point attempt by Broncos' kicker David Treadwell. After the Broncos blocked a field goal attempt by Raiders' kicker Jeff Jaeger that would have increased the Raiders' lead with 1:55 left, the Raiders returned the favor, when offensive tackle James Fitzpatrick, playing on special teams, blocked a potential 48-yard game-winning field goal by Treadwell as time expired. It was the second consecutive meeting at Mile High Stadium in which the Raiders blocked a field goal in the game's final seconds.[5]
  • January 2 and 9, 1994: In the 1993 season finale (January 2, 1994), the Raiders rallied from a 30-13 deficit to beat the Broncos 33-30 in overtime to make the playoffs and set up another game between the two teams in Los Angeles the following week. Outspoken Raiders' owner Al Davis said before the playoff game that Denver was "scared to death of us."[6] Despite the Broncos' protests, the Raiders won, 42-24.


  • 1995 season: In 1995, former Raiders' head coach Mike Shanahan, who was in an ongoing contract dispute with owner Al Davis at the time, became the Broncos' new head coach, heightening an already contentious AFC West rivalry. Prior to Shanahan's arrival in Denver, the Broncos had lost 13 out of the previous 15 against the Raiders from 1988-94, but during Shanahan's 14 seasons as their head coach (1995-2008), the Broncos went 21-7 against Oakland.[7]
  • November 22, 1999: At the end of a Broncos' 27-21 overtime win in Denver on Monday Night Football, Raiders' safety Charles Woodson and offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy engaged in a snowball fight with some fans, after being pelted with snowballs from some unruly fans. Woodson threw a snowball that struck a woman in the face, while Kennedy charged into the stands and assaulted a fan after being hit by a snowball.[7][8]
  • November 13, 2000: In the final Monday Night game at Mile High Stadium, Broncos' quarterback Brian Griese suffered a partially separated right shoulder in the second quarter, and after receiving a pain-killing shot and missing only six plays, he led the Broncos on a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a last-second 41-yard field goal by kicker Jason Elam, for a 27-24 Broncos' win.[9][10]
  • November 11, 2002: The Raiders trounced the Broncos 34-10 in Denver on Monday Night Football. However, the game is notable for an incident between former teammates Bill Romanowski and Shannon Sharpe, in which Romanowski wrestled with and dislocated Sharpe's elbow following an incompletion, forcing Sharpe to miss three games. The two were teammates from 1996 to 2001, however, Romanowski had signed with the Raiders prior to the 2002 season.[7][11]
  • November 28, 2004: In a Sunday night game played in a Denver blizzard, the Broncos grabbed the early lead and appeared to be headed toward an easy victory. However, Raiders' quarterback Kerry Collins led a rally in snowy conditions and offensive tackle Langston Walker, playing on special teams, blocked a game-winning field goal attempt by Broncos' kicker Jason Elam in the game's final seconds for a 25-24 Raiders' win.[7][12]


  • September 16, 2007: As Raiders' kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked what would have been a game-winning field goal in overtime, Broncos' head coach Mike Shanahan called a timeout right before he made it. After the timeout, Janikowski attempted the field goal again, but it hit the upright and missed. The Broncos then won on a field goal by Jason Elam.[7]
  • October 24, 2010: The Raiders scored 38 points in the first half in Denver. The Raiders routed the Broncos 59-14, not only making it the most points scored in a single game in franchise history, but also tying the highest point total that the Broncos have allowed in a single game, since a 59-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.[13]
  • October 11, 2015: The Broncos were nursing a 9-7 lead at Oakland with 7:06 left. The Raiders were attempting to take the lead, until Broncos' cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. stepped in front of a pass by Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr and returned the interception 74 yards for a game-changing touchdown with 6:53 left. The Raiders pulled to within 16-10 late in the game, however, the Broncos' defense and special teams preserved the hard-fought victory.[14]
  • November 26, 2017: During the first quarter of a Raiders' 21-14 win in Oakland, Broncos' cornerback Aqib Talib and Raiders' wide receiver Michael Crabtree engaged in an ugly brawl on the sidelines that resulted in both players initially being suspended for two games, but reduced to one game apiece after an appeal. The two had a history of bad blood with each other, in which Talib yanked off a chain from Crabtree's neck, during the teams' 2016 regular season finale in Denver, with Talib repeating his actions that resulted in the brawl with Crabtree. During the play that preceded the brawl, Crabtree also punched Broncos' cornerback Chris Harris, Jr. in the stomach.[15]
  • September 16, 2018: In scorching hot temperatures in Denver, the Raiders took a 12-0 lead at halftime, with an ineffective performance by the Broncos' offense. However, Broncos' quarterback Case Keenum led a second half rally, with a 1-yard touchdown on a 4th-down quarterback draw and a 10-play, 62-yard drive, which culminated in a game-winning 36-yard field goal by placekicker Brandon McManus. Broncos' linebacker Shaquil Barrett blocked an extra point attempt of Raiders' placekicker Mike Nugent after a 1-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch just before halftime, which turned out to be the difference of the game.[16]

Season-by-season results

Connections between the teams


Name Broncos' tenure Raiders' tenure
Dennis Allen Defensive coordinator, 2011 Head coach, 2012-2014
James Cregg Assistant offensive line coach, 2014-2016 Assistant offensive line coach, 2007-2008
Jack Del Rio Defensive coordinator, 2012-2014[b] Head coach, 2015-2017
John Fox Head coach, 2011-2014 Defensive coordinator, 1994-1995
Greg Knapp Quarterbacks coach, 2013-2016 Offensive coordinator, 2007-2008
Johnnie Lynn Defensive backs coach, 2017 Defensive backs coach, 2012-2014
Don Martindale Defensive coordinator, 2010 Linebackers coach, 2004-2008
Keith Millard Defensive line coach, 2001-2004 Defensive line coach, 2005-2008
Bill Musgrave Quarterback, 1995-1996
Quarterbacks coach/Offensive coordinator, 2017-2018
Quarterbacks coach, 1997
Offensive coordinator, 2015-2016
Fred Pagac Linebackers coach, 2015-2017 Linebackers coach, 2001-2003
Marcus Robertson Defensive backs coach, 2017-2018 Assistant defensive backs coach, 2014
Defensive backs coach, 2015-2016
Rich Scangarello Offensive coordinator, 2019-present Offensive quality control coach/assistant quarterbacks coach, 2009
Mike Shanahan Offensive coordinator, 1984-1987
Offensive assistant, 1990-1991
Head coach, 1995-2008
Head coach, 1988-1989
Joe Woods Defensive backs coach, 2015-2016
Defensive coordinator, 2017-present
Defensive backs coach, 2014


Name Position(s) Broncos' tenure Raiders' tenure
Sam Adams Defensive tackle 2007 2002
Elijah Alexander Linebacker 1993-95 2000-01
Lyle Alzado Defensive end 1971-78 1982-85
C. J. Anderson Running back 2013-17 2018
Willie Brown Cornerback 1963-66 1967-78 (Cornerback)
1979-88 (Defensive Backs coach)
Cooper Carlisle Guard 2000-06 2007-12
Brad Daluiso Placekicker 1992 2001
Darrien Gordon Cornerback
Punt returner
1997-98 1999-2000, 2002
Cornell Green Offensive tackle 2004-05 2007-09
Mike Harden Safety 1980-88 1989-90
Shelby Harris Defensive end 2017-present 2014-15
Renaldo Hill Safety 2009-10 2005
Michael Huff Safety 2013 2006-12
Jason Hunter Defensive end 2010-12 2013
Tory James Cornerback 1996-99 2000-02
LaMont Jordan Running back 2009 2005-07
Marquette King Punter 2018 2012-17
Ashley Lelie Wide receiver 2002-05 2008
Chester McGlockton Defensive tackle 2001-02 1992-97
Jarvis Moss Defensive end 2007-10 2010-11
Tyrone Poole Cornerback 2001-02 2006
Tracy Porter Cornerback 2012 2013
Bill Romanowski Linebacker 1996-2001 2002-03
Antonio Smith Defensive end 2015 2014
Jeremy Stewart Running back 2014 2012-13
Jared Veldheer Offensive tackle 2018 2010-13
Denard Walker Safety 2001-02 2004-05
Vance Walker Defensive end 2015-16 2013
Javon Walker Wide receiver 2006-07 2008-09
Gerard Warren Defensive tackle 2005-06 2007-09
Ted Washington Nose tackle 1994 2004-05
Lionel Washington Cornerback 1995-96 1987-1994, 1997 (Cornerback)
2009-10 (Defensive Backs coach)


  1. ^ The Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs finished tied with a 12-2 record, but the Raiders were crowned 1968 division champions. Both teams qualified for the AFL playoffs.
  2. ^ Jack Del Rio served as interim head coach for four games in the 2013 season while John Fox recovered from heart surgery.


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