DENVER (Ticker) -- For seven years, the
were perfectly awful in Denver. On Monday night,
was almost perfect.
Gannon set a single-game NFL record with 21 consecutive completions and connected with
for two of his three touchdowns as the Raiders coasted to a 34-10 rout of the Broncos.
Oakland (5-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and beat former Raiders coach Mike Shanahan on the road for the first time in eight tries. Fittingly, the victory came in the 500th edition of Monday Night Football, where Oakland owns the best winning percentage at 35-19-1.
"We kept hearing all week how we couldn't come into Denver and win. But we had a good game plan, stuck with it and made the plays," Raiders cornerback
More importantly, the Raiders climbed within one game of the first-place Broncos (6-3) in the AFC West.
"We have a long way to go, but this puts us back in the race," Oakland coach Bill Callahan said. "We've got some things we've got to clean up, that we've got to improve on, but this was a great effort. They gave their heart and soul."
It was the Broncos' worst home loss since the Raiders' last win in Denver, a 48-16 triumph on September 18, 1994.
"That's about as bad as it gets," Broncos linebacker
. "I guess we have not had much luck in prime time. I would not say they wanted it more than us, but we knew they were going to come in here with the backs to the world, needing a win badly. We just didn't have it."
Rice extended his NFL record with his 200th and 201st touchdowns, catching a six-yard toss to give the Raiders a 21-7 halftime lead and making an over-the-shoulder 34-yard grab that capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter.
It was all part of an almost flawless effort by Gannon, who flirted with the NFL pass efficiency record by completing 29 of his first 30 passes. He ended up 34-for-38 for 352 yards without an interception.
"It was Monday night, it was a big game, everyone was hyped up," Rice said. "Rich did an outstanding job, he really was as good as it gets."
The NFL record for completion percentage is 91.3, set by
, who was 21-for-23 for Cleveland against the Los Angeles Rams on December 26, 1993.
"We were having a lot of success with the underneath throws," Gannon explained. "They were dropping eight guys back and didn't want to give us anything deep. We just wanted to keep our aggressive approach, but I wasn't looking at the (statistics)."
Oakland raced to a 13-0 lead as
kicked a pair of field goals and safety
rambled 98 yards for his 12th career interception return for a touchdown.
The second-longest interception return in Raiders' history reversed the momentum after Denver appeared set to score a go-ahead touchdown.
"It's always disappointing when you turn the ball over inside the red zone," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "You know, that wasn't the play that dictated the outcome. They played better than we did and deserved to win."
A one-yard run by rookie
got the Broncos on the board with just under six minutes to go in the second quarter, but Oakland needed just 82 seconds to open a two-touchdown lead as Gannon hit Rice from six yards and found
for the two-point conversion.
Gannon also threw a 22-yard TD pass to Porter in the third quarter to cap a 96-yard drive that silenced the normally raucous crowd at Invesco Field at Mile High.
"He's a competitor," Shanahan said of Gannon. "When we did have them covered, he did a great job of scrambling for first downs and getting out of the pocket and making some big plays downfield."
sent the opening kickoff out of bounds and Oakland moved 31 yards in 10 plays, taking a 3-0 lead on Janikowski's 47-yard field goal.
The Broncos responded quickly, marching to the Oakland 6. But on 2nd-and-goal,
stepped in front of
's pass for Portis, cut to the right sideline and outlasted
to the end zone.
"I was just glad it wasn't over 100 yards," said Woodson, who tied Ken Riley for fourth on the all-time list with his 65th interception. "I honestly don't think (Griese) saw me. He looked me off for a second, but I don't think he saw me sneaking back in."
The rest of the game belonged to Gannon, who guided an offense that ran the ball just 14 times for 27 yards.
"We felt we could mix it up and felt we could be more balanced in this attack," Callahan said. "But we needed to throw. We wanted to get in some runs, but we just took what we wanted to take throwing the ball."
Griese was 34-for-47 for 293 yards and an interception but was held without a touchdown for the first time in 24 games.
In his first game against the Broncos since signing with the Raiders as a free agent, linebacker
leveled tight end
in the first quarter, knocking him out with a dislocated right elbow. Denver also lost offensive tackle
to a twisted ankle and defensive end
to a possible torn MCL.