Broncos-Raiders: Mile High Meltdown Doesn’t Mean McDaniels’ Job, Yet

October 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With 6:31 seconds remaining in the third quarter and Denver down 45-14, the Broncos were facing a second-and-28. Kyle Orton dropped back into his own end zone, threw the ball to Jabar Gaffney, for what would have been a 22-yard gain, but the ball was dropped.
It was a microcosm of the 114th Broncos-Raiders game of all-time—including preseason, regular season and postseason meetings—as Denver was demoralized from the opening gun.
The Raiders marched down the field for 80-yards on their first drive, returned an Orton interception for a pick-six and forced and recovered a fumble on the Broncos back-to-back first two offensive plays of the game.
Just like that, Denver was down 21-0 with less than four and a half minutes run off the clock.
The Broncos never had a chance to win the game, as they went down as much as 38-0 in the first half and went into halftime getting blown out 38-7.
It was the “Implosion at Invesco.”
It got so bad, the ...

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