The Broncos were a yard from the goal line, but NaVorro Bowman could tell quarterback Paxton Lynch was trying to throw it in. Eyes were evidence in this regard. Lynch locked on tight end Virgil Green near the baseline, so Bowman stopped tracking the quarterback and drifted toward the intended receiver. He got in Green’s way and defensed the pass. Reggie Nelson batted it back to Bowman, who caught it lying on the ground. In the end zone, of all places. Interception, Raiders. Drought over. The Raiders set an NFL record going 10-plus games without a pick. The Raiders went 357 passes without an interception, so this one was a big deal. “Oh, God. We celebrated,” defensive play caller John Pagano said. “It was like the Holy Grail they brought walking over. It was outstanding. I wanted to put that ball on a pedestal. That’s a great effort play by No. 53 [NaVorro Bowman]. You can’t say enough of him filling in an A-gap, turning, running. The tight end was covered by Reggie. All of the sudden, he loops back inside, the quarterback throws it, but just the effort of 53, getting over there, hitting it, tipping it, Reggie keeping it alive and that ball being able to fall. “That was a great ball. I touched it. I made sure I touched it. That thing was awesome.” Bowman hasn’t been here that long. The 21-14 victory over Denver was Bowman’s fifth game in silver and black, his desired destination after the 49ers released him early in the season. The interception gap didn’t have the same weight, but he was happy to lift it all the same.
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