By Jeremy Kahn
With the playoffs all wrapped up, there was only one more thing that the Denver Broncos needed to accomplish in their season finale, a first-round bye.
Vallejo native C.J. Anderson score three touchdowns, as the Broncos simply demolished the Oakland Raiders 47-14 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
With the victory, the Broncos clinched a number two seed in the AFC and a first-round bye after the 33-point victory.
Connor Barth kicked four field goals, while Peyton Manning failed to throw a touchdown for the second time in the last four weeks.
Despite not throwing a touchdown, Manning went 21-for-37 for 273 yards passing on the afternoon.
This was the Raiders 11th consecutive loss on the road, as they finished the season with an overall record of 3-13.
Anderson carried the ball 13 times for 87 yards, while Ronnie Hillman returned for the first time since November 9, as he carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards.
Hillman was out with a sprained left knee.
It was a record setting day for Demaryius Thomas, as he caught eight passes for 115 yards.
Thomas ended the season with 1,619 yards receiving, breaking Rod Smith’s 14-year old of 1,602 that was set in 2000.
Derek Carr’s rookie season ended with a subpar afternoon, as he went 18-for-36 for 158 yards, a touchdown and a interception.
Latavius Murray carried the ball just 10 times for 37 yards.