OAKLAND, Calif. — With one sterling half, Peyton Manning accomplished all he needed to in the regular-season finale by seizing another prestigious record and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
He knows his next time out probably won’t be so easy.
Manning set the NFL single-season record for yards passing and threw four first-half touchdown passes to clinch the top seed in the AFC playoffs for the Broncos with a 34-14 victory over Oakland on Sunday.
‘‘This was a good game today,’’ Manning said. ‘‘We needed this win. We needed to improve on some things. The coaches challenged us in a couple of areas and I think we responded to those challenges.’’
The Broncos (13-3) were nearly perfect in building a 31-0 halftime lead before coach John Fox gave Manning and some other regulars the second half off to rest for the first playoff game two weeks from now in Denver. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.