The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will meet for the 115th time in the regular season, and 117th time overall. The Raiders lead the all-time series with a 61-51-2 regulation season record. Both teams have won one head-to-head matchup in the postseason.
The Broncos won the first meeting this season 16-10 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. The two teams split their two meetings last season with each team winning at home.
Here are the three best moments of the Broncos-Raiders rivalry.
#1 Charles Woodson and Lincoln Kennedy engage in fight with fans
The Broncos defeated the Raiders 27-21 in overtime, but the real story of the game occurred after Olandis Gary ran into the end zone less than three minutes into the extra period. Raiders second-year defensive back Charles Woodson and seventh-year offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy got into a fight with fans that had thrown snowballs at the Raiders players.
Woodson returned fire after getting pelted from the stands and hit a woman in the face with the snowball. Kennedy actually charged the bleachers and punch a different fan in the face after getting hit in the face himself with a snowball.
The following day, a warrant for the arrest of Woodson was issued in Denver. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and throwing objects violations.
As for Kennedy, he was not cited but did file charges against the fan that hit him with a snowball. Denver Police said Kennedy would not be charged because he had the right to fight back. Eight fans and were arrested for assault and 13 others were given citations for their part in the incident.
#2 Broncos snap Raiders’ 17-game winning streak
With both teams 4-0 and the Raiders one win shy of tying the record win streak of 18 times, which was done several times and has since been broken, the Broncos intercepted Ken Stabler seven times and sacked him three times for a 30-7 victory.
The Broncos went on to win seven of their last nine games and host two playoff victories, including the AFC championship against the Raiders. They fell to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XII. The Broncos made the playoffs each of the next two seasons but lost both games.
The Raiders also won seven games the rest of the regular season and won a road playoff game at the Baltimore Colts before falling to the Broncos. The Raiders missed the playoffs in each of the next two seasons before winning Super Bowl XV.
#3 Shanahan ices Janikowski with a timeout just before his kick
Despite being around as long as football has been played, it was Mike Shanahan in Week 2 of the 2007 season that is created by being the beginning of the “icing the kicker” tactic. Coaches try to time it just right to make the kickers, who can be complete mental cases, think about having to make the kick a second time, or the fact that they just missed it once.
On Sept. 16, 2007, Shanahan, head coach of the Broncos, got cozy with the official on his sideline as Janikowski, kicker for the Raiders, was lining up for his go-ahead 52-yard field goal just under four minutes into overtime. As soon as Janikowski looked up for the snap, Shanahan called timeout. The subsequent snap occurred and Janikowski sent the kick through the uprights but did not count.
Janikowski’s second attempt caromed off the upright and no good. The Broncos took the ball for the second time in the overtime and went 52-yards inside the Raiders 10-yard line before Jason Elam made a 23-yard field goal.
“Icing the kicker” became a ploy still use in NFL and college games, probably high school games as well, today.
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