The Broncos started the game in a solid fashion as they forced a punt from the Raiders on their first possession, and then moved into field-goal range despite sustaining a 15-yard penalty. Connor Barth fired them ahead with a 51-yard kick.
Denver took control of the game when they got into the endzone in their next possession as Peyton Manning floated the ball to Demaryius Thomas to put his side in the red zone, and CJ Anderson finished the touchdown drive with an 11-yard rush.
However, Denver restored their 10-point advantage early in the second quarter as Manning looped another pass to Thomas, and he again handed off to Anderson who powered over for the one-yard touchdown.
Barth added another field goal before the break with the aid of the post to hand his team a 13-point lead at the interval.
In the second half, Omar Bolden ripped off a huge return from the kickoff to put his side's offense in the red zone, and Anderson notched his third score of the game he found a crease in the defense to coast in from 25 yards.
The Broncos couldn't hit back with seven points as Thomas dropped the ball in the endzone from a Manning pass, but Barth did add three points from field goal on the next play.
There was still time late in the game for Brock Osweiler to throw his first touchdown pass of his career to Virgil Green to confirm his side as the number two seed in the AFC, and with it a first-round bye in the playoffs.