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After further review, history will stand.
Peyton Manning‘s single-season passing yardage record which came into question will remain, an NFL spokesman confirmed.
Manning’s stat line from the Denver Broncos‘ 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders was 25-of-28 passing for 266 yards and four touchdowns. The four TD passes gave him 55 for the season, extending his record total to five more than Tom Brady‘s former mark. The yardage total gave Manning 5,477 — one more than Drew Brees‘ 2011 record.
However, there was an issue with a 7-yard completion from Manning to Eric Decker late in the first that could’ve changed the play to a run, allowing Brees to keep the record. In one camera angle, the pass to Decker looks like a lateral, which would make it a running play. Another angle, from above, shows Decker receiving the ball at the Broncos’ 48-yard line, with Manning slightly deeper than that.
Elias Sports Bureau made the final call after reviewing the play, which will remain a pass.
“The stats crew at the game scored this play as a forward pass. During the course of a season, there are many similar plays which could be reviewed by the Elias Sports Bureau, the league’s official statistician. In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-site stats crew to stand,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.
In recent weeks, Manning has said the touchdown record was more significant because it represented the result of an offense scoring points as it tried to win games. Even Sunday, after he’d set the yardage record, he replied to a question about that mark with: “I don’t really have much to say about it, to tell you the truth.”
Information from ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold was used in this report.