The Broncos did not have the same difficulties once they got the ball, no surprise there. They went 71 yards in 12 plays for their first score of the game. It came through the air to Eric Decker for a 3 yard touchdown reception which made the score 7-0 Denver. The TD pass by Peyton Manning continues his NFL record for single season TD throws.
The Raiders response to that TD was fumbling the first snap on their next possession. The Broncos recovered at the Raiders 21 and efficiently scored again. This TD came by way of Peyton Manning again (shocker!), this one a 7 yard pass to Knowshon Mereno. The Broncos needed 18 points coming into this game to set the all-time scoring record and they very quickly scored 14 of them in the first quarter.
The Raiders got a first down on a 3rd down pass to Rod Streater at least on their next drive, but that was it. Pryor got sacked on the next 3rd down forcing a 4th and 22 punt, but hey the coverage was really nice on it! Of course with Peyton Manning that usually just means a little extra yardage to pad his stats with.
Thankfully the Raiders at least didn't give up a TD this time. The Denver drive started at the Broncos own 35 yard line and didn't falter until deep inside Oakland territory. The drive stalled thanks a sack by Lamarr Houston that Denver was not able to overcome and they had to settle for a field goal. That made the score 17-0 Denver.
The Raiders Terrelle Pryor hasn't had the season of his dreams but he did set a Raiders record on the next drive. He became the leading rusher at QB for the Raiders in a single season all-time. Too bad the promising drive didn't get past the 50 and Oakland had to punt it back.
The Broncos continued their dominance by once again scoring a TD on a pass from Peyton Manning. This one was a long bomb to Demaryus Thomas who got behind the Raiders secondary for an easy TD. This set the record for most points in a season for Denver with it being their 595th point of the year. They were not done for their scoring in the first half despite leading it 24-0 at this point.
The Raiders response to that score was to go 3 and out and punt it back to Denver with just over 3 minutes left in the first half. The Broncos finished off their ridiculous half by going right down and scoring another TD to make the score 31-0 at the half. During the drive Peyton Manning also set the record for most passing yards in a single season in NFL history. He went 25-28 for 266 yards and 4 TD's in the first half.
The Raiders only had a few seconds left before halftime so they weren't going to be likely to do anything anyway. That was unless they got a good return from Taiwan Jones, but instead Jones was injured on the return and had to be carted off. It was a terrible way to end an already horrendous half that has the Raiders down 31-0 already.