(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Peyton Manning and the Broncos (13-3) clinched home-field throughout the AFC playoffs after they cruised past the Oakland Raiders (4-12) 34-14 on Sunday.
Manning set the NFL single-season record for yards passing and threw four first-half touchdown passes and enjoyed the rest of the second half from the sideline.
“This was a good game today,” Manning said. “We needed this win. We needed to improve on some things. The coaches challenged us in a couple of areas and I think we responded to those challenges.”
Manning broke Saints quarterback Drew Brees record set back in 2011 when he hit Demaryius Thomas with a five-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the half to give him 5,476 yards this season.
“I feel like it’s a record every other week,” Thomas said. “It’s great to be a part of, to get it. We just have to sit back and talk about it but our main goal is to win the Super Bowl. It’s a good accomplishment for our offense. The main thing now is being able to win.”
The loss for Oakland put a cap on their 11th straight non-winning season and second under head coach Dennis Allen.
“That’s a decision that’s made over my head,” Allen said of his future in Oakland. “I fully expect to be back. I fully believe that I deserve the opportunity to come back here and get a chance to go through the reconstruction phase. I want to be part of the rebuilding phase.”
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Jill Martin, CNN