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Statisticians reviewing Peyton Manning’s yardage record


Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the league’s all-time record for touchdowns and passing yardage Sunday.

And he may get to keep one of them.

According to Jeff Legwold of, the league’s record-keepers at the Elias Sports Bureau are reviewing one play to make sure Manning actually has all the yards he’s currently credited with.

Elias is reviewing a 7-yard completion from Manning to Eric Decker late in the first quarter, to determine if it was a lateral (and therefore rushing yards).

The Broncos pulled Manning in the second quarter, as soon as he got to 5,477 yards for the year, one more than Drew Brees’ 2011 record of 5,476.

Camera angles of the play in question aren’t clear, but this one needs to be like a replay review. Unless there’s conclusive evidence it isn’t, it would be embarrassing to admit a mistake like this, when Manning was clearly hanging around just long enough to break the record.

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53 Responses to “Statisticians reviewing Peyton Manning’s yardage record”
  1. flmike says: Dec 31, 2013 8:48 AM

    DO you know what that would do to fantasy leagues, if you’re in a PPR league and you won by 1 pt or less based on that catch, yikes…

  2. kev86 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:52 AM

    Just give him the record. He sat out the second half and could have got it easy.

  3. Canyonero says: Dec 31, 2013 8:56 AM

    Really? He breaks Brees’ record by one lousy yard and then jumps off the field? That’s cheesy, Peyton!

  4. ayhombre says: Dec 31, 2013 9:03 AM

    I hope that’s a forward pass. Drew Brees covets his personal recoZrds. Remember how he acted when he broke this one? Lost a lot of respect for him there. It was a sign of his self-centered attitude as he would go on to hamstring his team with a lengthy hold out for millions more. #truecolors

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 31, 2013 9:04 AM

    I knew this could be an issue the instant Denver benched Manning after he got the record … by ONE yard.

    That one yard margin is so infinitesimally small when compared to 5,476/5,477 yards – that it could naturally raise questions about the accuracy of the numbers ….. particularly when at issue is an All-Time NFL Record.

    The Donks sat Manning, which may or may not have preserved his health. However, it seemed like if he/they wanted a slam dunk on that record – they’d have left him in for another series and pushed the number comfortably over 5,500.

    Football is ideally considered a team game, but the reality is to most people not named Barry Sanders — All-Time NFL Records do matter. Notice the Donks kept Manning in right until the precise completion where he (seemingly) eclipsed Brees’ record.

  6. vikesfan320 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:06 AM

    Drew Brees probably demanded an explanation of the play…

  7. fatsolio says: Dec 31, 2013 9:06 AM

    I like the implication that Manning was only around to break the record and that he left as soon as he did.

    Last I checked he broke the record on the Broncos’ final play in the second quarter right before half time (meaning he wasn’t pulled in the second quarter) and they were up 31-0 and JOHN FOX decided to sit him for the 2nd half seeing as they were up by 31 points.

    This is reality but hey, the media hates reality so I am sure it’ll fall on deaf ears and the implication he was only playing in the second quarter of a GAME THEY HAD TO WIN was for him to break this record. This will fit in with the moronic narrative that Peyton only cares about stats which is the most absurd thing I have heard in the sports media and with moronic Patriots fans and other Peyton haters.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:11 AM

    Even since the Pats blew out all offensive records a few years ago the league has dramatically weakened what defensive players can do.

    Yes, congrats to Manning and the Donks on setting these records, but they did so in an environment where if a defender looks at a receiver with a nasty look on his face he draws a PI call.

  9. morgusthemagnificent says: Dec 31, 2013 9:11 AM

    Can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.. Leave it alone!

  10. lks311 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:11 AM

    Seriously? Sounds like the NFL version of “Mr. 3000”.

  11. sabatimus says: Dec 31, 2013 9:11 AM

    Big deal. The way the league is going, QBs with throw for 6000 yards within 5 years.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:12 AM

    Man,Peyton Manning could have had 700 yards passing last Sunday. Peyton Manning, a man who doesn’t ever like coming out of games was like….”Ok I’m done, one half ‘s enough. Nothing can be gained from abusing this high school defense anymore.”

  13. cheapseater says: Dec 31, 2013 9:13 AM

    It’s amazing how close these records are getting the past few years. AD within 10 yards of the rushing record and Peyton/Brees within 1 yard.

  14. rhamrhoddy says: Dec 31, 2013 9:14 AM

    I don’t care if Manning or Brees has the yardage record but it would be pretty sleazy to go back now and say to Manning “whoops our mistake, you’re actually, technically 6 yards short because some psycho with a flatscreen and a protractor thinks an early screen pass may have actually been a lateral so you should have stayed in a little longer but it’s too late now, happy new year”.

  15. indytom87 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:18 AM

    Great- when they are done they can review the dive Favre took for Strahan.

  16. gtrav says: Dec 31, 2013 9:19 AM

    “Stats are for losers.” – Bill Belichick

  17. goat2060 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:20 AM

    All his records are padded. Yes he is amazing and a truly one of the best, but he also is throwing 40 yard bombs when his team is up by 30 points. Also there are many games where he easily could have sat due to the score, yet there he is throwing more touchdown passes, so as great as he is, he is the king of stat padding.

  18. cheapseater says: Dec 31, 2013 9:21 AM

    If he is all about the records this year, which is fine at this point in his career, he should have played the rest of the game and demolished the record as much as possible.

  19. Punk says: Dec 31, 2013 9:22 AM

    Instead of putting out a press release saying they are about to review it… how about reviewing it.

    How long could it take? Its one play.

  20. godofwine330 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:23 AM

    I saw it online yesterday at a blog I frequent, and yes, it is indeed a lateral and not a forward pass. If they give it to him, it will only be because it is Peyton Manning, Golden Boy of the NFL, because if it were Stafford, or Rivers they would have overturned it.

  21. richiebburg says: Dec 31, 2013 9:26 AM

    This is unreal. How can you even think about taking this record away from the best football player to ever play. So unfair to him because he could have throw for 300 more yards.

  22. chawk12thman says: Dec 31, 2013 9:27 AM

    He should have stayed for one more pass to ensure the record……

  23. glennsyank13 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:30 AM

    Unless the photos of the play have been doctored, you can’t get much clearer proof the pass was a lateral. Not only that, it even went back a yard.

  24. humptyfratz says: Dec 31, 2013 9:34 AM

    “it would be embarrassing to admit a mistake like this”

    Embarrassing for who? Not the referees – for once, they have nothing to be embarrassed about. They only judge plays to be laterals if the play could result in a turnover.

  25. gjperch says: Dec 31, 2013 9:35 AM

    For this reason, I was surprised they didn’t put in Manning for one series in the 3rd quarter.

  26. raiders85 says: Dec 31, 2013 9:44 AM

    I hope they look at this unbiased because that wasn’t a forward pass hahaha I can’t even joke who really cares

  27. pabrownsfan says: Dec 31, 2013 9:46 AM

    Wow that would suck!

  28. lengai says: Dec 31, 2013 9:47 AM

    As a Saints fan I say just leave the man alone and let him keep the record and leave it be. He earned it and as Drew put it, “would have beat it anyway.” This is nonsense.

  29. giantsfanlewis says: Dec 31, 2013 9:51 AM

    Does drew brees need an explanation? Lol he just cant win

  30. tvjules says: Dec 31, 2013 9:51 AM

    While these records he’s setting are great, I’m sure he’d trade them in a heartbeat for another ring or two.

  31. asportsfan says: Dec 31, 2013 9:57 AM

    No way the league will take this away from Peyton.
    Who cares about passing records now a days.
    This is not the same passing league when Marino passed for 5000+ yards.
    Marino’s record stood for over 20 years.
    Since the rules were altered to favor the qbs, we have seen 5000+ yards passing is no big deal.
    So, who cares? (Other than Mr. Manning 😉

  32. oldirtyman says: Dec 31, 2013 9:58 AM

    Roethlisberger > Manning

    Roethlisberger = 2 Rings
    Manning = 1 Ring(Won by help from the refs)

  33. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 31, 2013 9:59 AM

    Were previous record breakers subject to the same scrutiny? Doesn’t seem fair to me.

  34. ravenswhat says: Dec 31, 2013 10:05 AM

    Peyton padded his stats against ridiculously poor opponents all season. Have you seem their schedule? Hell, that schedule made Alex Smith look like a pro bowler.

  35. georgiavol91 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:13 AM

    Let’s all quit feeding Darin’s ego. He is just stirring the pot. #lame

  36. jcmeyer10 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:13 AM

    I am a Pats fan who wants him to keep it. Dude killed it this year. Thank god that doesn’t automatically mean a Super Bowl but throw him this bone.

  37. fafaflunky says: Dec 31, 2013 10:21 AM

    1 yard over..thats like those tools on the price is right betting 1 dollar over some one elses bid..LAME

  38. jayhawk6 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    Treat Peyton the same way MLB treated Roger Maris…with an asterisk.

  39. peymax1693 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    Am I the only one that finds it ironic that the NFL is so obsessed with image and procedure that it permits Elias Sports Bureau change individual stats for games after they have been played but officiating mistakes that cost teams wins are left undisturbed?

  40. apbestever says: Dec 31, 2013 11:05 AM

    lol, i love it when everybody say oh big deal look @ the Era, look at the way defensive players are handcuffed etc. well if im not mistaken 29 other qbs played in this same league, under the same rules, and none got within 16tds, or hundreds of yards of peyton. so he excelled amongst his peers. statistical greatness to me is dominance amongst your peers. he achieved that.

  41. DonRSD says: Dec 31, 2013 11:07 AM

    You coach your team to play 69 minutes, 16 games a season – yet pull then in the final game.

    This is why the Broncos & Chiefs won’t even advance to the SUPERBOWL this season.

  42. animaux7 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    What difference does it make? Denver’s a one-and-done in the playoffs anyway. With the passing rules the way they are this ‘record’ will only last a year or two anyway.

  43. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 31, 2013 11:15 AM

    They should have waited one pass into the second half before pulling him.

  44. rjs2001 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:58 AM

    Everyone should understand that the NFL has an auditor that reviews game film EVERY week and issues stat corrections as needed. If you play fantasy football you should know this little tidbit. For example the ESPN fantasy football page has a tab titled STAT CORRECTIONS. The only reason this is a big deal is because it is an NFL record. There are no apologies required or going back to review other peoples records. That has already been done. The stats are important for player bonuses and for Vegas (People bet on stats). So where there is money involved they get it right.

  45. anth34 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:05 PM

    Chill out. Were there any passes like that during the season for any other qb. This is never checked.
    I also doubt it was peytons idea to play until he got the record.

  46. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Dec 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    Are they going to go back and review every screen pass Drew Brees threw in his record breaking year ?

  47. yourcubreporter says: Dec 31, 2013 12:10 PM

    Surprised the the national pundits have given Manning and Fox a pass on this pursuit of individual stats. This was a meaningless game for Denver, in all respects, and the only reason to have him on the field at all was to prove that Indy gave up on him too soon? Here’s a question: what if Manning got hurt?

    Thought we were done with divas when Favre went away and stayed away.

  48. booker1974 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:19 PM

    Camera angles of the play in question aren’t misleading at all. It’s very clearly a lateral. Both Manning’s body and the ball are ahead of where Decker is when he catches it. I made a mental note of the play when I first watched it (thinking “wouldn’t it suck if he only breaks the record by only a few yards and then has this play ruled a run?”), because it was so obviously a lateral, but didn’t think anything of it until Manning sat out the second half.

    They correct yardage totals every week, and this play should be corrected and counted as a running play. I doubt they will, though. The fact that it’s even being reported as “inconclusive,” when the film is clear as day, tells me this is one error that they would rather everyone look the other way on.

  49. slick50ks says: Dec 31, 2013 12:21 PM

    Manning is just a stat monkey.

    EVERYONE knows he’s a playoff choke job just waiting to happen.

    He’ll NEVER be considered as one of the greatest QB’s of all time because he never had the clutch gene of a Brady, Montana or guys like Otto Graham and Johnny Unitas. These were/are the true greats of the game.

  50. sparkydelong says: Dec 31, 2013 12:38 PM

    Seriously, if they’re going to do this then they need to review every completed pass Manning threw this season AND every competed pass Brees threw the season he broke the record.

  51. phinsup24 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:40 PM

    Just leave it alone, he could have easily shattered the record he hit the 266 he needed in ONE HALF! Maybe they should go back and review every pass Brees threw the year he set the record, surely with all the screens and dump offs to rb’s and wr’s he throws a few of them were laterals that were credited as passes and surely they would add up to more than the 7 yards on this particular play!

  52. booker1974 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:48 PM

    For those saying they should go back and review Brees’ passes from 2011, they already did, after each game in 2011.

  53. sktdnk says: Dec 31, 2013 7:59 PM

    Records are there to earn, not be given to a particular player that has been anointed above all other great players. If the Denver Stat tracker and the Offence Coordinator pulled him out thinking the record were secure, it’s their mistake. If the record for most TD’s by a TE were almost tied or broken by either Graham this year should the go ahead and give him the record? NO!! But they (Saints) had enough time to drive the field and let him achieve that. If Manning broke it the record without the LATERAL, then he deserves record. Although if the LATERAL is counted WE all know that a LATERAL is a RUN and should be counted as a RUN.

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