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Oakland punted for the fifth time of the second half, as the Broncos gained possession at their own 24-yard line.
Willis McGahee started off the drive with a couple of carries preceding a first-down catch by Demaryius Thomas.
Running back Ronnie Hillman then ran it three straight times to gain 18 yards, moving Denver to near midfield.
A few plays later, Matt Prater kicked a 53-yard field goal to extend the lead to 37-6. He is now 7-of-7 on the year and 2-of-2 from beyond 50 yards. He is the franchise’s all-time most accurate kicker, 97-of-119 as a Bronco.
Kicker Matt Prater capped off an 11-play, 44-yard drive with a 43-yard field goal to extend Denver’s lead to 34-6.
It was Prater’s second field goal of the day, and he has also added four extra points on each of the Broncos’ touchdowns, giving him 10 points in the game.
Eric Decker made two catches on the possession for 31 yards, giving him seven receptions for 79 yards on the day along with his touchdown. He leads all receivers in the game in catches and yards.
Just before the end of the third quarter, Peyton Manning hit Eric Decker on a 12-yard first-down reception.
On the play, Manning has now gone over 300 yards for the 65th time in his career, and second time this season. Manning owns the NFL record for 300-yard passing games, which he captured last week against the Texans.
It’s the first time the Broncos have had a 300-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game since Nov. 30, 2008 (Jay Cutler, Peyton Hillis).
Manning is 26-of-33 for 309 yards with three touchdowns through three quarters of play.
The Broncos forced the Raiders to go three-and-out for the fourth straight time in the second half, giving Denver possession on the 31-yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Willis McGahee rushed for four yards, giving him 100 total rushing yards on the day.
Today now represents McGahee’s 32nd career 100-yard rushing game, which ranks first among active NFL players. It’s the second time he’s topped 100 yards this season after tying for the NFL lead with seven 100-yard performances a year ago.
He entered the game in third place among active players with 7,579 rushing yards since his rookie season in 2004.
He also ran for his third touchdown of the season on the prior drive.
The Raiders punted following a third consecutive three-and-out, and safety Jim Leonhard’s strong return combined with a 15-yard facemask penalty gave Denver possession at their own 37-yard line.
Demaryius Thomas caught a pass on the first play of the drive, and an open-field cut along with a stiff arm helped him pick up 25 yards.
Another big play followed, as Willis McGahee rushed up the middle for 24 yards to the Oakland 14-yard line.
Two plays later, on a third down, Manning found running back Lance Ball wide open in the middle of the field, and Ball ran it in for a touchdown.
Ball’s score was Denver’s third touchdown of the half and Manning’s third touchdown pass of the game. It marks the 65th time Manning has thrown for a trio of scores in his career. Only Brett Favre (72) has more in NFL history.
The Broncos lead 31-6 inside the four-minute mark of the third quarter.
The drive took five plays to move 63 plays in 1:36 of game clock.
The Denver defense once again forced an Oakland three-and-out. On third down, the defense almost came up with a turnover as safety Mike Adams nearly caught an interception. But the fourth-down result proved to be more beneficial for the Broncos, as safety David Bruton deflected the Raiders’ punt, giving Denver possession on the Raiders’ 18-yard line.
Willis McGahee then carried the ball four straight times, with the fourth taking him into the end zone for the score.
The touchdown and extra point give Denver a 24-6 lead in the third quarter.
McGahee now has 14 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown, which is the 62nd touchdown of his career. That total is the fourth-most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2004.
The Denver defense forced an Oakland three-and-out in the opening possession of the second half, giving the Broncos the ball on their own 21-yard line.
Willis McGahee got touches on three of the next four plays – two rushes and a reception — as Denver moved out to the 46-yard line.
From the 46, rookie running back Ronnie Hillman picked up the biggest gain of his career after catching a short pass and scampering down the middle of the field for 29 yards.
Two plays later, Peyton Manning hit wideout Eric Decker, who sprinted down the right sideline and into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown. Fellow wide receiver Demaryius Thomas threw a key block on the play to clear the way for Decker.
Matt Prater kicked the extra point to make it 17-6, Broncos.
Following the touchdown drive, Manning is 22-of-27 through the air for 254 yards and two touchdowns – good for a passer rating of 130.6.
Decker has five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, his first of the year.
Following the Broncos’ failed fake field goal try, the Raiders took over at their own 36-yard line with just more than three minutes left in the first half.
Three Darren McFadden touches and an 8-yard completion to fullback Marcel Reese put Oakland at midfield.
Defensive end Elvis Dumverfil hit quarterback Carson Palmer on consecutive plays, but Palmer still completed both passes.
From there, Carson Palmer hit wide receiver Denarius Moore for a 37-yard pickup, moving the Oakland offense to the 13-yard line.
McFadden carried the ball the next two plays to pick up a total of 7 yards, leading to an Oakland third-down play which ended in an incomplete pass with tight coverage from safety Mike Adams, bringing out Sebastian Janikowski for his second field goal attempt of the game.
Janikowski converted on the 24-yard attempt inside the final minute of the half, bringing the Raiders to within four points by a score of 10-6.
Peyton Manning kneeled the ball to end the half.
Willis McGahee leads all ballcarries with 40 yards rushing on eight carries. He also has four catches, tied for a game-high, for 17 yards.
Both quarterbacks had strong halves. Manning has thrown only five incompletions on 22 attempts, totaling 196 passing yards and a touchdown. Seven Broncos caught a pass in the first half.
Carson Palmer was 9-of-13 in the half for 142 yards.
The Denver defense held McFadden to 23 yards rushing on nine carries and also limited the Oakland offense to 1-of-6 on third-down plays, while the Broncos were 4-of-8 on third down.
The Raiders will receive to open the second half.