( dpa ) – The Raiders opened the post-Jon Gruden era with a 34-24 victory at the Denver Broncos Monday night, although the Broncos added a late field goal for a split decision.
The Raiders led 34-17 with 5:45 to play when the Broncos scored two touchdowns in less than two minutes to climb back into the game.
Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler connected with running back Ronnie Hillman on a 17-yard touchdown pass, and then the Denver defence added a fumble recovery for a touchdown when linebacker Shaquil Barrett came on a screen pass, then found the end zone.
Brandon McManus kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:33 to play, but the Broncos ultimately fell short.
Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was 7-for-13 for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian went 12-for-17 for 151 yards and a touchdown, while running back C.J. Anderson ran for 99 yards on 19 carries.
Raiders safety Reggie Nelson returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Oakland wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch carried 16 times for 44 yards.
The Raiders host San Diego on Sunday. The Broncos play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night in Denver.
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