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LAS VEGAS — The last time the Las Vegas Raiders made a deep playoff run, way back in — checks calendar — 2002, it was a safety who made a touchdown-saving interception to save the season. At the goal line. Against the Denver Broncos.
Now, we’re not saying Jeff Heath is Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, who had a 98-yard pick-six in a tight game back then, but Heath’s goal-line pick of Drew Lock (it was Heath’s second INT of the day) with seconds to go in the first half saved the Raiders’ 10-6 halftime lead.
Heath, combined with a rugged rushing performance by Josh Jacobs, helped launch the Raiders to a 37-12 win over the Broncos as Las Vegas improved to 6-3 on the season and stayed on track for a — gulp — playoff spot. It was the Raiders’ third straight win and they are 3-0 in the division for the first time since 2010.
Up next, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, whose lone loss in the last calendar year came against these same Raiders back in Week 5.