OAKLAND CA - DECEMBER 26: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 26 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Raiders Fall To Colts 31-26, Eliminated From Playoffs With Chiefs Win Over Titans

The Raiders playoffs hopes may be dead when they take the field on Sunday. Either way, this should be an intriguing game, with lots of matchups to watch. For all Raiders' news, analysis and discussion be sure to check out Silver and Black Pride.

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Peyton Manning, Raiders Penalties Sink Oakland Against Indianaplis

Somehow the Oakland Raiders offense has scored 12 points (and seven off a Jacoby Ford kickoff touchdown return), although their overall numbers on the game are particularly lackluster. The Raiders have only 10 first downs on the game, and just TWO in the second half. Still, those two first downs were enough to set up two Sebastian Janikowski field goals, thanks to good defense by the Raiders. A Chris Johnson interception set up one field goal, good field position after solid Raiders defense set up the other one.

But the Raiders just haven’t been able to stop Peyton Manning and keep themselves from making mistakes. Another costly defensive pass interference penalty, this one by Stanford Routt handed the Colts 31 free yards and a first down inside the red zone. Manning threw a short touchdown to Blair White to make it 24-16. After Manning threw the interception to Johnson that set up the fourth Janikowski field goal, he redeemed himself with a 9 play, five minute, 68 yard drive, converting two third down throws to Jacob Tamme and Pierre Garcon to put Indianapolis in command, up 31-19. The Raiders would score a late touchdown, but Tamme recovered the onside kick and the Colts bled out the clock.

Manning would finish the game with a modest 16 for 30 for 179 yards, 3 touchdown, 2 interception effort, but it was enough. The Raiders committed 10 penalties for 116 yards, as they fell to 7-8 on the season.

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Raiders Offense Finally Sputters To Life, Peyton Manning Responds, Gives Colts 17-13 Lead At Halftime

After a slow start where they couldn’t pick up a first down the entire first quarter, the Raiders finally got something going in the second, mounting two scoring drives courtesy of the leg of Sebastian Janikowski. Campbell completed a few passes to Darrius Heyward-Bey and Marcel Reese to pick up a first down, and a Michael Bush 15 yard run set up a 59 yard field goal by the Polish Powderkeg to tie the game at ten. Campbell would make some big throws to Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens to set up another Janikowski field goal, handing the Raiders their second lead of the game.

But Peyton Manning, as is typical of his stature as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, marched the Colts down the field right before halftime, picking up 88 yards on 8 plays and in 79 seconds. Although it wasn’t really Manning beating the Raider defense as much as it was the Raiders defense beating themselves. Lamarr Houston committed an unnecessary roughness penalty, Chris Johnson committed a pass interference, and the Colts were in the red zone within a blink. Manning threw a touchdown to Jacob Tamme on the next play, giving the Colts their halftime lead.

To discuss the game with fellow Raiders fans, head on over to the Silver Black and Pride second half thread.


Colts Take Lead On Raiders: Jacoby Ford Returns Opening Kickoff For Touchdown, Peyton Manning Strikes Back

It’s a good thing Jacoby Ford scooped up the opening kickoff and took it 99 yards for a touchdown, because the Oakland Raiders have done absolutely nothing on offense. In the first quarter they picked up eight yards and zero first downs on three drives. Jason Campbell completed one pass for one yard. Perhaps it’s the feeling that this game is meaningless, because the Raiders probably came in recognizing that their season would be ending in Week 17 as Kansas City had their game well in hand against Tennessee.

The Colts struggled early on against the Oakland defense, but Peyton Manning eventually righted the ship, finding Jacob Tamme, Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon for first down throws, tying the game with a six yard touchdown run by Joseph Addai. On the subsequent drive, Manning found Tamme twice and Wayne once, but the drive stalled in the red zone and they kicked an Adam Vinatieri field goal to give the Colts their first lead of the game at 10-7.

For more on the game, check out the Raiders SB Nation site Silver and Black Pride gamethread.


2011 NFL Playoffs Race: Oakland Raiders Eliminated With Kansas City Chiefs Victory Over Tennessee Titans

The playoff chase for the Oakland Raiders is over. The Kansas City beat the Tennessee Titans 34-14. The victory assures that the Chiefs will have at least a two game lead over the Raiders with only one week left, meaning Oakland no longer has a shot to win the AFC West title. Only the San Diego Chargers can catch up with the Chiefs; San Diego has to beat Cincinnati this afternoon and beat Denver, and hope the Raiders beat the Chiefs next week.

Even if the Raiders were to win their final two games, they are out of contention for a wild-card berth. The New York Jets and two AFC North teams—the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens—have all won ten games or more. The Raiders can at most win only nine. So their season will end next week at Kansas City, where they will try and play spoiler provided the Chargers do their part.

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