Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Adams

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass against Raiders defensive back Phillip Adams (28) on a 63-yard touchdown play Sunday afternoon in Oakland that helped Denver establish a new record for points in a season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press / December 29, 2013)

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos needed only 18 points on Sunday to break the NFL single-season points record.

They got it done in the first half against an Oakland Raiders defense that had been giving up only 20.5 points a game.

The New England Patriots held the record with 589 points in 2007. When Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 63-yard touchdown play in the second quarter, the Broncos had eclipsed the mark by four points in extending their lead to 21-0 over Oakland. Denver eventually built a 31-0 lead by halftime.

Here are the top six teams with the most points in a season:

Denver Broncos (603 and counting in 2013); New England Patriots (589 in 2007); Green Bay Packers (560 in 2011); Patriots (557 in 2012); Minnesota Vikings (556 in 1998); New Orleans Saints (547 in 2011).

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