Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Upon Further League Review, Manning's Record Will Stand

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Upon Further League Review, Manning's Record Will Stand

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Peyton Manning's spectacular season was every bit the record- breaking sensation it appeared. The NFL said Tuesday that Manning's single-season mark of 5,477 yards passing will stand.

Elias Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician, reviewed a 7-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker and determined it will remain a forward pass and not a lateral, which would have made it a 7-yard run.

That would have subtracted 7 yards from Manning's total, leaving him with 5,470 yards, six shy of Drew Brees' 2011 record.

"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," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.

"In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-site stats crew to stand."

The play in question occurred with a little more than a minute remaining in the first quarter of Denver's 34-14 win Sunday at Oakland.

Remember that camera angles can be deceiving, depending on where the camera is located.

Manning's pass clearly looks like a lateral in one camera angle. Another angle, from above, however, appears to show Decker gathering in the ball at the Denver 48-yard line with Manning about a foot deeper than that.

Manning finished with 266 yards passing before sitting out the second half, and his final throw was a 6-yard touchdown toss to Demaryius Thomas which gave him 5,477 yards for the season and also 55 touchdown passes, five more than Tom Brady's record set in 2007, considered a much more significant achievement than the single- season yardage mark.

Elias routinely reviews plays and often tweaks totals in the days after games, then notifies teams of corrections to totals such as yardage or sack numbers.

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