It just wasn't enough for the Oakland Raiders Sunday night.
It was close, oh so very close, but it just wasn't enough.
On a record-setting day – as far as the temperature was concerned – in Denver, the Oakland Raiders fell on a last-second field goal to the Denver Broncos 20-19 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
After deferring to the second half, the Broncos kicked off to start the game, and the Raiders struck first, as Carr orchestrated a nine-play, 67-yard drive that concluded with a 26-yard Mike Nugent field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.
Paul Guenther's defense started the game by forcing three, consecutive three-and-outs – more on them in a little – and Carr and the offense put three more points on the board, giving the team a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Before we go any further, we have to give the Raiders defense some credit; actually, we have to give them a lot of credit.
Through the first 30 minutes of play, Guenther's group had allowed just 112 yards – 53 of which came on one Phillip Linsday run – and had made Case Keenum a complete non-factor, as he completed just five passes before the half.
Not only that, the interior rush, led by rookie Maurice Hurst was active, and Rashaan Melvin picked off Keenum in the first half for the first Raiders interception of 2018.
Throw in a Marshawn Lynch touchdown, and the Silver and Black owned a 12-0 lead at halftime, a lead that they held until literally the final seconds of Sunday's game.
After dominating the first half, once again, the Raiders just couldn't keep the positive momentum going, as a 36-yard, Brandon McManus field goal with 0:06 left caused the Raiders to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Also, after the half, the Broncos got the ground game rolling, as they finished the day with 168 rushing yards.
While the game ultimately didn't go the Raiders way, Week 2 proved to be a nice bounce back day for Derek Carr who finished his outing 28 of 31 for 275 yards.
Additionally, we'd be remiss not to bring up the day that Amari Cooper had against a sticky Broncos secondary. After hauling in just one catch last week against the Rams, "Coop" got rolling in a big way in Denver, going over the century mark for the 12th time in his career.
At the end of the day, the Silver and Black came close to putting together a complete, 60-minute performance, but the final dagger from McManus rendered the effort unsuccessful.
The Raiders now fall to 0-2 and 0-1 in the AFC West. Competition in the division is always stiff, but the Raiders will fly home Sunday night, and then begin preparation for their Week 3 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Photos of the game action during the Raiders' Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos.