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Raiders set multiple franchise records in win over Broncos

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The Raiders missed the playoffs again this year, but that didn't stop them from providing one last thriller in Week 17.

In a game that came down to the final seconds, Las Vegas topped the Denver Broncos 32-31 on the road, finishing the season 8-8 and all but cementing the No. 17 overall draft pick next year. 

The Raiders also managed to pick up some impressive accolades, particularly offensively. As they closed out the season, multiple players set numerous franchise milestones.

The creditable trio of quarterback Derek Carr, running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller combined for to register a 4,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher and 1,000 yard receiver in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. 

Naturally, the 22-year-old Jacobs also became the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. Jacobs entered the matchup needing just 24 yards to reach 1,000 for the second straight season. He quickly surpassed that, recording 89 yards on 15 carries while racking up two touchdowns, including a 1-yard run with 0:24 remaining in the game that eventually led to the Raiders' victory. 

Also during the contest, Waller became only the second player in Raiders history to record 100 receptions in a single season, breaking Tim Brown's previously held record of 104. Waller hauled in 9 catches on 118 yards, one for a touchdown, and scored the Raiders' go-ahead 2-point conversion to win the game. The new record now stands at 107.

 

Even kicker Daniel Carlson got in on the action. After Carr connected with rookie Bryan Edwards for a 26-yard score with 0:26 remaining in the first half, Carlson nailed the extra point. In doing so, he surpassed none other than longtime Raider Sebastian Janikowski, who previously set the standard with 142 points in 2010. 

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Finally, by defeating Denver, the Raiders were able to sweep their division rival for the first time in a decade. The last time the Raiders delivered a season sweep to the Broncos came in 2010.

Carr wrapped up his seventh professional season on 24-of-38 passing. He threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns, along with two interceptions. Although questions have circulated regarding Carr's future with the organization, the Raiders reportedly have no intention of making a change at quarterback next season. 

While Las Vegas ultimately fell short of their top goal -- reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2016 -- Sunday's win and the accolades achieved in it helped the Raiders' tumultuous season end on a high note. With no playoffs to prepare for, the offseason overhaul begins now for the Silver and Black. Offensively however, things are looking quite optimistic for the Raiders come 2021.