OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders went out with a whimper Sunday, mere foils for the Denver Broncos in a 34-14 defeat at O.co Coliseum.
In losing their last six games and eight of nine, the Raiders were at their least competitive in finishing 4-12, as Peyton Manning needed only one half to set the NFL single-season passing yardage record and give Denver (13-3) the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Manning completed 25 of 28 passes for 266 yards and touchdown passes of 3 yards to Eric Decker, 7 yards to Knowshon Moreno and 63 and 5 yards to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos also got a 34-yard field goal from Matt Prater.
The last touchdown, which came with 13 seconds left in the half, gave Manning the yardage he needed to get to 5,477 yards and break the record Drew Brees set in 2011 by a single yard.
With the game under control at 31-0, Manning took the second half off in favor of Brock Osweiler. Prater had a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders avoided the shutout when quarterback Terrelle Pryor hit Rod Streater for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:24 remaining. Pryor also threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Nick Kasa in the final minute.
The mismatch drew scattered boos from the crowd, which was infiltrated by plenty of Broncos fans wearing orange.
It remains to be seen how owner Mark Davis will react to the lack of fight the Raiders showed in closing out the season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to meet the media on Monday afternoon.
Davis said recently that general manager Reggie McKenzie would first meet with the coaching staff before McKenzie would meet with Davis to determine how the Raiders would proceed. Allen has two years remaining on the his contract, while McKenzie has three.
Only two Raiders coaches have survived a six-game losing streak to close out the season, Marty Feldman in 1961 and Mike White in 1995, the latter under Al Davis.
Given the Raiders' defensive difficulties of late, Manning's domination through the air wasn't surprising. What they couldn't anticipate was an ineffective offense under Pryor.
Oakland managed only 55 yards of total offense in the first half against a defense that is without its best player, Von Miller, and was ranked 22nd in yardage allowed coming into the game.
The Broncos drove 71 yards in 12 plays the first time they had the ball, with Manning finding Decker in the end zone.
A poor shotgun snap by Stefen Wisniewski couldn't be handled by Pryor on the Raiders' next possession, with Denver's Sylvester Williams recovering. That set up a short-field 21-yard drive, with Manning finding Moreno on a screen over the middle from 7 yards.
Denver's lone failure of the half on a third down set up Prater's 34-yard field goal. Working mostly underneath, Manning hit Thomas on a 63-yard strike against Brandian Ross on third-and-4. The last touchdown to Thomas eclipsed Brees' record.
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