Phillips: NFL says Peyton’s 50th wasn’t TD

Updated: December 27, 2013, 2:00 PM ET

Tania Ganguli |

HOUSTON — Upon further review, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning shouldn’t have set the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season last week, Houston Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said Friday.

Phillips said the NFL informed the Texans that Broncos receiver Eric Decker‘s second touchdown catch from Manning on Sunday shouldn’t have counted because Decker was juggling the ball.

Phillips acknowledged that the league’s mea culpa wouldn’t reverse Manning’s record, but he couldn’t help but get a dig in before he left.

“Poor Manning,” Phillips said. “He thought he broke the record.”

The fourth-quarter play tied the NFL mark of 50 touchdown passes in a season, set by the Patriots’ Tom Brady in 2007. Manning later threw No. 51 against the Texans to break the mark.

Decker’s catch was reviewed during the game and upheld, giving the Broncos a 30-13 lead with 6:57 left in the game. Phillips asked the NFL for clarification this week as he maintained Decker was juggling the ball.

  • Previously covered Texans for Houston Chronicle and Jaguars for Florida Times-Union
  • Northwestern University graduate

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