Following an Oakland punt on the opening second-half possession, the Denver offense took over on its own 9-yard line.
The Broncos picked up a first down as Peyton Manning threw to Demaryius Thomas down the sideline and Thomas was held by a Raiders defender. The pass interference call gave the offense 11 yards.
After a short pass completion and a negative rushing play, Denver faced a third-and-12. Manning looked down the same sideline for Thomas, and this time the pass cleared a leaping Oakland defender for the reception and a 22-yard pickup.
On the next play, Manning threw it to the other side line for wide receiver Eric Decker. Decker made an over-the-shoulder grab in stride right near the sideline and gained 29 yards, moving the offense into Oakland territory down to the Oakland 29-yard line.
On first down, running back Knowshon Moreno gained a hard-earned 5 yards to the Oakland 24. The carry was his 16th of the game for a total of 52 yards – both game highs.
Then, Manning threw an incomplete pass to Thomas in the end zone, but a defensive pass intercence penalty was called and gave the Broncos possession on the 1-yard line.
An incomplete pass and a negative running play made it third-and-goal from the 2. Under center with Moreno in the backfield, Manning threw a quick pass to Decker that fell incomplete.
Matt Prater then converted on a 20-yard field goal attempt, his third make of the night.
The drive took 3:03 off the clock and put the Broncos ahead 16-7 at the halfway point of the third quarter.