Final Score: Broncos 34, Raiders 14

Last updated: Dec 30, 2013 8:51 AM

Denver (13-3) claimed home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a record-setting 34-14 (Gamebook) win over Oakland (4-12).

These Broncos now own the NFL's single-season marks for points, touchdowns, first downs, and extra points, while Peyton Manning extended his touchdown pass record to 55, and owns the single-season yardage record by three feet over Drew Brees.

It's the seventh time (and second straight year) that Denver has claimed HFA.

The Raiders opened with a three-and-out, and the Broncos converted two third downs on a 12-play, 71-yard scoring drive.

Peyton Manning went 8-9 while accounting for 70 of those yards, including an easy three-yard strike to Eric Decker in the end zone.

Oakland’s next snap was a poor one, and Sly Williams recovered the ball at the 21-yard line.

Four snaps later, Knowshon Moreno collected his fifth reception and brought it home from seven yards out, putting Denver up 14-0.

Thanks to a holding penalty, their next drive needed 11 plays to consume 49 yards, and Matt Prater converted a 34-yarder for a 17-0 Broncos lead.

Oakland gained just 28 yards in nine plays before punting, and Denver broke the Patriots’ scoring record a few snaps after that.

A gorgeous rainbow from Manning to Demaryius Thomas resulted in a 63-yard touchdown, a 24-0 lead, Manning’s 54th touchdown pass, and put Denver seven points ahead of the 2007 Pats.

Minutes later, Manning hit Demaryius for a five-yard score to break the single-season passing yardage record previously held by Drew Brees.

By the end of the first half, the Broncos had broken league single-season records for points, touchdowns, first downs, and extra points.


After the break, John Fox (extremely) wisely pulled Manning, letting him rest up for the divisional round of the playoffs.

Brock Osweiler’s first drive stalled out at the Oakland 42, and Britton Colquitt had a punt blocked for the first time in his NFL career.

While the Raiders recovered at the Denver 24, they gained only a single yard from there, and Sebastian Janikowski yanked his kick wide right.

Osweiler completed nine of twelve pass attempts in the half, but was only able to produce three points - a 54-yard bomb by Prater.

Oakland got onto the scoreboard with a late touchdown - a 14-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor to Rod Streater.

Inside the last minute, they tacked on another score, as Nick Kasa added a nine-yard touchdown reception.

Key Numbers

  • Demaryius Thomas tied Anthony Miller for the franchise record for most touchdown receptions in a season, with 14
  • Thomas had 116 receiving yards, for his sixth 100-yard game of the eason
  • Peyton Manning completed 25 of 28 passes, or 89.3% - his only better rate came with a 7/7 performance against the Titans in a meaningless 2008 game
  • Manning now has 33 four-touchdown games - 31 in the regular season, plus two more in the playoffs
  • Denver was turnover-free for the third time in four games, and the fourth time all year
  • Knowshon Moreno finished the season with 13 total touchdowns

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