Manning, Broncos set records, get No. 1 seed
Oakland, CA (.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.
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) wrapped up home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs as well as back-to-back 13-win seasons for the first time in franchise history.
They played just one game as the No. 1 seed last season, falling to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore in the division round after their first-round bye.
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.
December 29, 2013, at 07:37 PM ET
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