The Raiders offense made one big play before the game got out of hand. Terrelle Pryor (19 for 28 for 281 yards), who left the game late with a concussion, hit Denarius Moore in the middle of the field, and Broncos defensive backs Duke Ihenacho and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie whiffed on the tackle.
Moore went 73 yards to cut Oakland’s deficit to 17-7 in the second quarter.
All of which simply gave Manning the ball back more quickly. On the first play of the next drive, he hit Decker, who spun away from his defender for a 61-yard gain. Three plays later, the Broncos were up 17 again after Manning found Thomas on an out route for a 13-yard score.
The Broncos defense, now halfway through Von Miller’s suspension and playing again without injured Champ Bailey (foot), allowed only nine yards on the ground to Darren McFadden, who came into the game leading the league with 223 yards from scrimmage.
However, McFadden did throw a touchdown — a 16-yard connection to Marcel Reece on a halfback option — and get a late rushing score.