|Date of game: 12/29/2013
Recap: Oakland vs. Denver
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Another game, another record for Peyton Manning.
His Denver Broncos got one, too, and they'll follow their quarterback into the playoffs as the AFC's No. 1 seed for the second season in a row.
They're hoping for a better result this time.
Despite sitting out the second half, Manning set the single-season passing yards record and the Broncos became the first NFL team ever to score 600 points in a 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders.
Both records were broken in a lopsided first half that had the Broncos ahead 31-0 going into the locker room, their postseason position all but clinched.
Manning threw for 266 yards, exactly the number he needed to break Drew Brees' record of 5,476 yards for New Orleans in 2011. His 5-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas with 13 seconds left in the half gave him 5,477 yards.
"Offensively it's been a fun unit to meet with, to practice with, watch tape with, work after practice with," said Manning. "I've enjoyed it."
Manning had four touchdown passes, extending his own record to 55 for the season against just 10 interceptions. Last week against Houston, the four-time NFL MVP broke Brady's old record of 50 touchdown passes for New England in 2007.
The AFC West-champion Broncos raced past those same 2007 Patriots to break the NFL record for most points scored in a season, doing it on Manning's 63-yard touchdown pass to Thomas earlier in the second quarter.
The Broncos needed 18 points to break the record of 589 and got 31 in the first half. They finished the regular season with 606 points.
Denver (13-3) earned home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and posted back-to-back 13-win seasons for the first time in franchise history.
"Now it's just a matter of getting prepared during the bye week," said Broncos coach John Fox.
The Broncos played just one game as the No. 1 seed last season, falling to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore in double-overtime after their first- round bye.
They will host a game against the lowest remaining AFC seed on Sunday, Jan. 12.
The Raiders (4-12) ended the season on a six-game losing streak. They haven't finished better than .500 in the last 11 seasons since going 11-5 in 2002 on the way to a Super Bowl appearance.
Terrelle Pryor, back as the starting quarterback after rookie Matt McGloin's six-game stint, threw for 207 yards with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater and a 9-yarder to Nick Kasa.
"I just tried to get back into it," said Pryor. "The speed kind of shocks you."
Brock Osweiler played the second half for Denver and passed for 85 yards. Thomas caught six passes for 113 yards and Montee Ball rushed for 72.
The Broncos were without linebacker Von Miller after the star pass rusher suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Houston, ending his season.
And they continued to play without wide receiver Wes Welker, who has missed three straight games since suffering his second concussion of the season.
Their offense crackled anyway. Manning threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter, then a 7-yarder to Knowshon Moreno just 86 seconds later after Pryor fumbled.
Matt Prater's 34-yard field goal early in the second quarter got the Broncos within a point of the scoring record, which they passed when Manning found Thomas behind Phillip Adams and Brandian Ross for a 63-yard score.
Manning was 25-of-28, his last pass going to Thomas in the front left side of the end zone to set the yardage record.
"Obviously not our best effort in the first half," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen.
Prater added a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter before Pryor and Streater hooked up. Kasa's touchdown catch with 37 seconds remaining was the rookie's first NFL reception.Game Notes
The Broncos have a five-game winning streak against Oakland ... Pryor started
eight of Oakland's first nine games, missing one with a concussion ... Denver
went 7-0 without Miller, who was suspended for the first six game of the
season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy ... Manning started the
game No. 3 on the single-season yardage list, also passing Brady.