DENVER (CBS4) – It was the Demaryius Thomas show in the Denver Broncos’ 47-14 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
In the first half alone Thomas hauled in 7 receptions for 110 yards, setting up two touchdown runs by C.J. Anderson. He ended the half with 1,614 receiving yards on the season, making him the new Broncos single-season reception yardage record holder.
Rod Smith held the previous season yardage record when he caught 1,602 yards in 2000.
Thomas said it means a lot to break the record because it was held by Smith.
“I can say some of the hard work I’ve worked toward has paid off. All the respect to Rod because when I first got to Denver he was there for me,” Thomas said. “Nothing against Rod and the record, but records are made to be broken. I can’t be too excited. What would make it better, we go out that and win the Super Bowl because you can’t take that from me. You can always take a record.”
Thomas is no stranger to huge seasons picking up yards. In 2012 he had 1,434, and in 2013 just four yards less with 1,430.
With going over 100 yards against Oakland, Thomas became one of just seven players in pro football history to post 10, 100-yard receiving games in a single season. Dallas’ Michael Irvin had 11 in 1995, and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson also had 11 in 2012.
Thomas isn’t perfect, however. With 5:38 left in the third period he let a sure touchdown pass from Peyton Manning slip out of his hands and the Broncos had to settle for a field goal.
He only grabbed one more catch in the game and ended up with 8 catches for 115 yards. But the Broncos really didn’t need much more from him. His team record for the 2014 season will be 1,619 receiving yards. He finished the season with 111 receptions, only two shy of Smith’s 113 in 2000.
With Emmanuel Sanders finishing the season with 101 receptions, Thomas and Sanders join Smith and Ed McCaffrey as the only duos in team history to post 100 receptions each in a season.
“I think it’s very special. I think all the hard work we did has paid off and props to Emmanuel to go out and play because he was really hurting tonight and he took a lot of big shots. It’s very special,” Thomas said.
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– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com