In a game, where the Raiders (4-12) were hoping to at least play spoiler to the Broncos' hopes of earning the AFC's No. 1 seed, Peyton Manning and Co. instead lit it up in as lopsided a first half as you'll generally see, while setting three new NFL records in the process.
Oakland had been out of the playoff hunt weeks ago but in the final regular season game of the year, the Silver and Black came out looking to provide the raucous crowd with something to cheer about, but it was the Denver faithful (and there were plenty) who were ecstatic to see the Broncos (13-3) set a new NFL record for most points scored, as well as most points in a season (606), while Manning also set the single-season record for most passing yards (5,477), surpassing Drew Brees, who passed for 5,476 in 2011.
Manning was 25 for 28 on the day, having only played in the first half and threw for four touchdowns, while finishing the year with 55, having broken Tom Brady's record of 50 (he broke it with 51 last week).
After getting the ball back on a three and out by the Raiders, Manning drove his team downfield to throw his first touchdown of the day on pass to Eric Decker with 7:05 to go in the first quarter.
Denver then got the ball back almost immediately as a bad snap from C Stefen Wisniewski caused Terrelle Pryor to fumble the ball at the 21-yard line. Manning then threw a pass to TE Julius Thomas to get Denver to the 7-yard line, before dumping it to RB Knowshon Moreno for the second touchdown of the day.
The Broncos then got up to a 17-0 lead after a field goal by Matt Prater. On the ensuing possession, Pryor, who was elected to start over Matt McGloin, broke the team's single-season QB rushing record, set by Rich Gannon with an 11-yard run.
By the end of the first half though, Manning had thrown two more touchdowns, including one to Thomas via 65-yard pass. After a near perfect half, Manning was taken out to begin the second half, with Brock Osweiler taking over at QB.
For the Raiders, the punishment, fortunately stopped, as Denver would only score once more, on another field goal, while Oakland managed to put up 14 points, albeit all coming in the fourth quarter, when the game was already over. Coach Dennis Allen had hoped that starting Terrelle Pryor would spice things up, but Pryor failed to do much of anything, leaving questions about whether or not Allen or GM Reggie McKenzie will be back next year.
"I would say I'm inconsistent," Pryor said about his performance this year. "I got to get better."
Overall, it's the Raiders as a whole that were inconsistent this season, showing signs of life but showing the inability to finish games in which it got off to hot starts.
Now with the season officially over in Oakland, it'll be interesting to see what off-season moves the team makes as well as how it will take advantage of having all of their picks for next year's draft.
The Super Bowl XVIII Raiders championship team was honored during half time, while super middleweight champ Andre Ward led the team chant before kickoff.