Broncos secure first-round playoff bye with convincing win over Raiders

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DENVER -- As the rest of the country is returning from their holiday break, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will begin theirs.

With a 47-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Denver on Sunday afternoon, the Broncos secured the No. 2 seed in the AFC, good for a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs.

The squad will next take the field on Jan. 11, facing Indianapolis, Cincinnati or Pittsburgh in an AFC Divsional game.

Tickets to that game will go on sale at 3 p.m. Monday and will only be sold to those with a mailing address in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and parts of Kansas).

The Broncos finished the regular season 12-4, seeded behind only the New England Patriots in the AFC. Denver has finished 13-3 in each of the past two seasons.

Sunday’s game was hardly a close contest, but running back C.J. Anderson again showed why he might be the Broncos’ best breakout player this year. He went for 87 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.

The Raiders finished 3-13.

For those hoping to see a Super Bowl rematch between Denver and the Seattle Seahawks, everything is on track. Seattle beat St. Louis 20-6 on Sunday and took the top seed in the NFC.