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Peyton isn’t proud of his self-sack pass

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Denver’s come-from-behind win over the Steelers included a play that has become a late-career staple for quarterback Peyton Manning, with a twist.

Manning, whose strategy for avoiding a possible injury-inducing hit consists of diving to the ground when under pressure, took a dive in the fourth quarter. Untouched either on the way down or after he landed, Manning then got up and threw the ball to receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a 34-yard gain, taking the ball from the Denver 20 to the Pittsburgh 46.

It was the biggest gain of the day in the passing game, matching the biggest gain of the day on the ground. And even though the effort didn’t result in points, it helped alter field position en route to the short field the Broncos got after Fitzgerald Toussaint’s fumble on the next drive.

Still, after the game Peyton wasn’t thumping his chest for thumping the ground.

“I’ll have to take a look at that play,” he told reporters after the game. “I’d like to get in there early in the morning and then I can get it deleted off the game film. I don’t know because those video guys get there pretty quick. I think it was probably our longest pass play of the game. We’ll take it.”

Asked later whether he realized that he hadn’t been touched on his way to the ground, Manning made an interesting  (and reluctant) confession.

“I don’t really want to analyze this play too much,” he said. “I’d kind of like it to go away, if it could. I was stepping up. When you fake that way and kind of get your head around, I felt that guy closing, so I stepped up and kind of leaned forward. My momentum kind of just took me down, I guess. I didn’t think that he had touched me. I told Emmanuel just to kind of be alert in case I fall down, get back up to be uncovered.”

Manning didn’t lean forward and fall due to momentum. He took a dive to avoid being hit. He’s done it before, and against a Steelers defense that has plenty of guys who could inflict significant damage on a body that, with a win, would have to be ready to go again, he intended to do it again. Indeed, Manning admits he told Sanders to be ready for the possibility that Manning would take a dive without being touched, allowing him to get up again and throw it.

More than 20 years ago, Jim Everett was called “Chris” by Jim Rome for taking dives in lieu of taking hits. Manning, despite the fact that he seems to be ashamed by the play, has never gotten criticized for opting to preserve his body.

That said, the officials blew it by not concluding Manning had given himself up, and to Peyton’s credit he anticipated the possibility that they would.

So maybe he’s not ashamed of this one because he preserved his soon-to-be-40-year-old body. Maybe he’s ashamed because he got away with a cheap one — and because he apparently planned it.

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  1. joe6606 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:05 AM

    Why don’t you ask blandino about the 2 obvious pass interference calls In the end zone that weren’t called?

  2. Cunning Linguist says: Jan 18, 2016 8:08 AM

    The refs definitely blew it with the non-call on that one.

  3. cowboysdude says: Jan 18, 2016 8:09 AM

    The NFL rules are clear as mud… if a player goes down he’s giving himself up… and in the case of the QB when he goes down they normally end the play….

    From week to week all the rules change.. depending on who’s playing and what kind of game it is… very confusing.

    Starting to feel like these games are scripted… and I know I’m not the only one who believes this…

  4. cross300 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:09 AM

    Peyton may regret that play because whenever he takes a dive in the future someone will be jumping on him to make sure he is down. He will be taking several dives next week.

  5. dixonscider says: Jan 18, 2016 8:10 AM

    You have a media that refuses to acknowledge that “his wife” was sent a performance enhancing drug. Do you think they’re going to say anything about this?

  6. eagleswin says: Jan 18, 2016 8:12 AM

    I don’t think there is another QB in the game who could get away with diving to avoid a sack and not get criticized unmercifully for the next month by the media.

    Of course the narrative is how Peyton willed the Broncos to a win so you can’t have anything negative about him.

    You can even listen to him talking about how he scored the Broncos only TD when he apparantly took control of CJ Anderson’s body and took credit for CJ’s rushing TD.

  7. whodey83 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:12 AM

    Gotta have that Blandino! You’ve been Blandino’d!

  8. thomasreilly says: Jan 18, 2016 8:13 AM

    At what point is a player deemed to have given himself up on a play? Should the official have blown the play dead when Manning intentionally went to the ground, similar to taking a knee? Do the Patriots now have the right to dive on Manning if he intentionally goes down on a play, or would that be roughing the passer?

  9. vottorific says: Jan 18, 2016 8:14 AM

    Best play of the game!

  10. mancave001 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:16 AM

    Good for him. Great play.

  11. snowdood163 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:18 AM

    Joe6606, why don’t you ask blandino about Von millers td?

    As to Peyton’s slide: I’ve seen him do that a hundred times, yet that was the first time I’ve ever seen him put forth any effort whatsoever to get up, telling me at no point did he ever “give himself up”.

  12. whywerule says: Jan 18, 2016 8:18 AM

    Not a big surprise that Peyton cheats on the field of play, albeit in this case with a wink and a nod from Goodell and the officials, given his lengthy history of cheating off the field of play via his PEDs abuse.

  13. driftw00d says: Jan 18, 2016 8:26 AM

    I think ol’ Crawfish shorts quit worrying about pride a long time ago.

  14. arwiv says: Jan 18, 2016 8:26 AM

    Its not merely coincidence that peyton and eli are 2 and 3 all time for most consecutive starts by a QB. Both are terrified of getting hit….not that thats a bad thing if you’re a QB.

  15. barryblogs says: Jan 18, 2016 8:27 AM

    Patriots will be ready for it. Pathetic.

  16. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Jan 18, 2016 8:27 AM

    Thought he was clearly giving himself up, and I also thought one of the refs actually blew the whistle. I guarantee you if someone hit him they would have thrown a flag. Oh well.

  17. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 18, 2016 8:28 AM

    The rope a dope is clearly a universal strategy. I don’t like manning but that was hilarious

  18. gacoltfan says: Jan 18, 2016 8:32 AM

    I think he was joking when he said he told Sanders to be ready.

    Although he probably was giving himself up, the way he popped right back up makes it hard for the ref to say for sure that’s what he was doing. Usually when someone is giving themselves up they stay on the ground for a few seconds.

  19. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 18, 2016 8:36 AM

    It was absolute garbage. Any other QB gets called down right there. The defense stopped, and Manning collected the cheap passing yards. He knew he should’ve been called down, that’s why he’s so embarrassed in the quote.

    This obviously tainted the whole game.

    Nice job Denver losers cheating your way to stopping the one team (with a healthy A. Brown) that could’ve stopped the cheating Patriots. Now we’ll see them in the Bowl, because your overrated squad won’t even be a match for them. Nice job.

  20. Bonerz'NPudz says: Jan 18, 2016 8:36 AM

    He did nothing in this game to make me think he’s “back”. It was all running. That’s what the Pats need to prepare for, not the passing game.

  21. baddegg says: Jan 18, 2016 8:36 AM

    Are you kidding me? Real time it looked like he fell. I guess since the steelers lost you have to start inventing excuses.

  22. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jan 18, 2016 8:39 AM

    he should be ashamed for having HGH, a banned substance sent to his house. Per usual Manning gets a pass.

  23. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 18, 2016 8:40 AM

    Did Sly teach him that move?
    🙂

  24. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 18, 2016 8:40 AM

    Obviously he dove anticipating the sack. He dives with the assumption that he will be touched down rather than his. But the fact is the defender has the responsibility on the play to make sure he is touched down.

    I frankly see nothing wrong with Manning, after realizing that the defender had failed to do his job on the play, getting back up and doing his.

  25. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    They will crush new CHEATland

  26. wtfchiefs says: Jan 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    That is considered a hook slide by anyone else. Unless it’s Manning. He gets to play under a special set of rules just like Brady.

  27. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    jim everett was pretty good. mike ditkas saints wouldve been better if theyd kept him

  28. classyjacklambert says: Jan 18, 2016 8:42 AM

    The officiating wasn’t perfect but that doesn’t mean the Broncos didn’t earn this one. It was a good game and as a Steelers fan, I can say the Broncos won this one fair and square.

  29. denverdave3 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:43 AM

    Even if he did it on purpose, it’s no different than any other play that is based on deception. If the defenders don’t know enough to touch a player when he is down that ain’t Mr. Manning’s fault,

  30. celticsforever says: Jan 18, 2016 8:43 AM

    Yet if someone drilled him they would have gotten a 15 yard penalty. Oh wait, it was Pittsburg. No they wouldn’t. Goodell must have really been torn deciding who would win. Golden boy Manning or the steelers, because Rooney has Goodell in his back pocket.
    If new England doesn’t beat them by 30 next week there will be enough calls to get Denver thru.

    -skins fan

  31. infectorman says: Jan 18, 2016 8:52 AM

    Peyton*

  32. edaniel82 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:53 AM

    A player gives themselves up when they slide feet first, beyond that your not down till your touch.

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 18, 2016 8:53 AM

    All these arrogant Denver idiots thought they’d just cruise against a decimated Steelers team. Instead they they spent a good 58 minutes wetting their pants. And needed a cheap trick like this to win.

    Shameful.

  34. floratiotime says: Jan 18, 2016 8:54 AM

    Aaron Rodgers says if it wasn’t for that the Packers would have won the Superbowl.

  35. TheWizard says: Jan 18, 2016 8:55 AM

    Brady does it too, no big deal except Peyton should have been called down.

    Jim Everett did it one time blatantly that I distinctly remember cause I was yelling at the tv “he sacked himself!”.

    But that was a different era. I agree with preserving star quarterbacks.

  36. edaniel82 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:55 AM

    Denver’s receives played a bad game dropping a half dozens passes that were right in there hands or chest.

  37. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 18, 2016 9:00 AM

    peyton is lucky Denver has such a good defense. I know old ladies that can throw a better ball.

  38. Docsavag says: Jan 18, 2016 9:01 AM

    Clearly the comment about telling his receiver to be ready for him to fall down and get back up was a joke. That is just Manning’s sense of humor. It wasn’t an obvious dive..his body was twisted around and off balance. I take him at this word that he fell.

  39. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 18, 2016 9:01 AM

    baddegg says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:36 AM
    Are you kidding me? Real time it looked like he fell. I guess since the steelers lost you have to start inventing excuses.
    ——————————————-

    Are YOU kidding? Go back and watch the play, genius, he clearly SLIDES feet first. You know, just a QB does to avoid getting hit. You’d think with all the pampering they give QBs these days the whistle would blow right away. The sad thing is, if a Steeler player had hit him there’d have been a flag.

    I guess cowardice pays.

  40. bosco264 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:01 AM

    Can the ex-officials on the television broadcast, no value.

  41. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 18, 2016 9:02 AM

    peyton over injected the HGH that morning and got lightheaded during the game and fell down. He just can’t admit that.

  42. Della Street says: Jan 18, 2016 9:04 AM

    Gave himself up.

  43. trevor190 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:05 AM

    Worst missed call of the season, and I have absolutely no idea how the officials missed it. Is there a single person reading this that didn’t immediately call it?

  44. golions1 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM

    I like hoe Peyton said “I got a touchdown” in his interview after the game. He should have been pulled for Osweiler no later than halftime. He was terrible.

  45. rootpain says: Jan 18, 2016 9:09 AM

    That’s risky on his part. Kinda like the boy who cried wolf.
    It will be interesting to see how the refs deal with it if he tries the same thing next week but gets buried. Similar to Cam Newton running towards the sidelines and then turning it up when the defender backs off rather than pushing him out and getting a roughing penalty.

  46. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Jan 18, 2016 9:09 AM

    “wtfchiefs says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:41 AM

    That is considered a hook slide by anyone else. Unless it’s Manning. He gets to play under a special set of rules just like Brady.”

    What set of rules does Brady play under? Are you going to say the “protect the QB rules,” in which Brady is 30th in the league for receiving penalties for over the past 3 years? Or the illegal contact rules, which were actually created by Polian, Fisher, and their Competition Committee buddies to STOP the Patriots?

  47. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 18, 2016 9:11 AM

    Maybe the fix IS in…. Peyton gets back to the SB and wins before riding off into the sunset, going out a champion. The NFL has their beloved superstar win SB 50. Somebody should ask Ray Lewis or Jerome Bettis or Michael Strahan what they think about it.

  48. willycents says: Jan 18, 2016 9:14 AM

    Peyton may regret that play because whenever he takes a dive in the future someone will be jumping on him to make sure he is down. He will be taking several dives next week
    ____________________________
    Sounds like a Pats fan. Guaranteed that Belichek will coach players to “jump” on him when he is down and promptly draw 15 yard penalties. NOT. If so, however, Denver will win big from penalty yardage.

  49. istateyourname says: Jan 18, 2016 9:17 AM

    You don’t think he was joking about telling the receiver to get open if he falls down? He was saying stuff like he wanted to erase the tape and so forth, I couldn’t tell if he was serious on that point. I don’t think you can plan that play but hinting you did after you ungracefully fell down like a fragile old man is probably the best face you could put on it if you thought it was embarrassing.

    And Jim Rome should turn himself in for some sensitivity training because Jim can be Chris if he or she wants to be and it is very inspiring and courageous to do the ol chop chop down there. You know he still thinks that way, you just can’t admit it now.

  50. tajuara says: Jan 18, 2016 9:18 AM

    What’s the big deal? Didn’t the Broncos punt the ball in that drive? Didn’t the Steelers marched down the field before the fumble? That play had no effect in the game whatsoever.

  51. urbusted2 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:19 AM

    Which is worse, Manning avoiding a hit or Big Jen and the Steelers acting like he was hurt all week? Anyone think his arm looked weak?

  52. RE LEE says: Jan 18, 2016 9:24 AM

    The Patriots will be fighting the referees too. No way Goodell will let Brady beat Peyton. Patriots vs Broncos will be a contentious game. Gronk better be careful.

  53. ahs2 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:25 AM

    Every time he dives behind the line of scrimmage, my desire to see him get absolutely drilled gets ratcheted up a notch. Just another’s sign, he should hang it up…but hey, he’s elite at handing off the ball.

  54. whodey1982 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:26 AM

    Please Steelers fans…PLEASE sit here and tell me how you got screwed by the refs…
    -Cincinnati

  55. charmcitytruth says: Jan 18, 2016 9:28 AM

    Irony: Pats fans accusing officials, competition committee and rules favoring certain QBs. “Tuck Rule”, the “Brady Rule”, etc.

    Several rules have been created in direct result of plays that have involved Tom Brady.

  56. istateyourname says: Jan 18, 2016 9:29 AM

    Always good to see the Steelers get screwed. Too bad both teams couldn’t lose that game…

  57. bostonnathan says: Jan 18, 2016 9:35 AM

    PaytonGate

  58. bostonnathan says: Jan 18, 2016 9:36 AM

    DiveGate

  59. rogerdw66 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:36 AM

    He didn’t take a dive, he lost his footing and he was embarrassed about that. This reporter is pathetic in his hate for Peyton. I’m done with him.

  60. routerunner says: Jan 18, 2016 9:36 AM

    These rules are on the books to protect QBs and Manning cheated and abused them… again. Only this time, unlike with HGH, we have indisputable proof.

  61. sammievee says: Jan 18, 2016 9:38 AM

    The cheating that should not have been allowed for was when the Pitt coach challenged that play while Denver was in hurry up. The coach is supposed to know the rules and the ref is not supposed to give the Pitt coach a mulligan on the decision.

    Blandino will be the first to acknowledge the challenge rule was changed a few years back when NE coach and others kept throwing challenge flags to stop game then challenging plays that by rule can not be challenged. Pitt should have been assessed the challenge and the time out. Officials made a horrible error in simply letting Tomlin get away with the erroneous challenge while gaining the tactical advantage of stopping Denver’s no-huddle.

  62. steelpenguin6687 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:38 AM

    Steelers’ fan here…While I certainly believe Manning was giving himself up on the play, that is not why the Steelers lost the game…The Steelers had plenty of chances to score TDs, instead, they settled for FGs. The punts in the beginning of the game were horrendous, and led to an easy 6 points for the Broncos. Wheaton, being unfamiliar with punt return duties, put them in bad field position a couple times. Lastly, the Toussaint fumble was the final straw and back breaker. But, hey, mistakes and missed opportunities happen in every game…that is the difference between winning and losing.

    For the most part, the Steelers played a pretty good game, they just couldn’t close it out. Personally, I didn’t feel they were a Super Bowl WINNING team this year, so I’m not too upset with the loss, learn from it and move on to next year.

  63. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:39 AM

    When a QB slides feet first the defender does not need to touch him. The QB is considered down at the moment he begins his slide. We see this play countless times where a QB slides forward and isn’t touched. The referees spot the ball where the slide began, not where it ended because that is where he is down by rule.

    Intent has nothing to do with it either.

    The officials simply blew the call.

    The call was inconsequential. The Steelers stopped them. It’s similar to the previous game against Cincinnati. If you want to win don’t fumble the ball and let the opposing team stick it in the endzone.

  64. kingpel says: Jan 18, 2016 9:39 AM

    99% of the time he would have been touched down.

  65. relggigeht says: Jan 18, 2016 9:43 AM

    This Steelers fan isn’t gonna to moan about the officiating (unlike other loser fan bases). Not all the calls go the way you’d like.

  66. routerunner says: Jan 18, 2016 9:44 AM

    To those saying this non-call didn’t impact the outcome of this game, you might be right.

    But the real issue is that Manning deliberately and knowingly cheated the integrity of the game. Not surprising given the teams he’s played for. He should be exposed for this.

  67. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 18, 2016 9:44 AM

    well, don’t really agree with this assessment but you also have the play where they called pigBen in the grasp after he fumbled the ball and it was clearly recovered by Denver. Had he thrown the ball or gotten away I’m sure the play would’ve been allowed to continue. So let’s just call it a wash.

  68. dohczeppelin says: Jan 18, 2016 9:44 AM

    Giving himself up? The guy lost his balance and fell over trying to escape the pressure and then got back up and made the throw. Tyrod Taylor or Russel Wilson would have been able to juke out of that and stay on their feet but he is a middle aged man so he fell over. I don’t see how that’s “giving himself up.”

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but I thought it was an amazing play from a veteran QB. He fell over and instantly read the field as he was getting up and made a perfect throw. Not sure what the controversy is about.

  69. thomasreilly says: Jan 18, 2016 9:49 AM

    30-40 yards of field position is not inconsequential….

  70. buckethead1 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:50 AM

    Allen’s finger barely, but clearly nipped Peyton’s jersey..Not blaming the officials, but it should have been challenged…Steelers controlled the game and lost…You just can’t fumble…

  71. whocares69 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:51 AM

    Set to the music of “Nationwide is on your side”

    “Went down and there was no whistle”

  72. broncodanny says: Jan 18, 2016 9:53 AM

    Are you kidding? If anything, the fact that Goodell and Kraft sleep together, don’t you think Brady will get as many marginal calls as there are? Geeze I do.

  73. whocares69 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:56 AM

    More Nationwide theme song:

    “Forehead?, No more like Six Head”

  74. wwwmattcom says: Jan 18, 2016 9:59 AM

    If you think this is the call worth getting your panties in a bunch about, you’re not watching enough football.

    There are a 1001 bad calls in this league that are ruining the game. Not blowing the whistle (for a 40 year old QB) is hardly the problem.

  75. goattoday says: Jan 18, 2016 10:06 AM

    This isn’t complicated but way overblown. The clumsy old man fell down, got up and threw a pass. What’s the big deal? Brady probably died laughing when he saw it.

    Good play Peyton! Tom, come to Denver and let’s have some fun.

  76. patfanken says: Jan 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    The LAST thing BB will have his team do is drill Manning. They want to make sure he stays IN the game. THAT is there best chance of winning it.

  77. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 18, 2016 10:16 AM

    Why are fans and certain corporate media so hard on Manning? All he has ever done is play the position of Quarterback at the highest possible level for his whole career. All he’s ever done is play the position exactly as it should be played. He has been the consummate professional. And that nets him ridicule?

  78. tavisteelersfan says: Jan 18, 2016 10:17 AM

    It was a squeaker of a game, and one mistake (the fumble) was one too many and the season is over for the Steelers. The Peyton bounce was just another play.

    When two out of three of your super stars (Ben, Bell, Brown) are out, you do not have much margin for error. The defence stepped up and the special teams didn’t.

  79. starderup says: Jan 18, 2016 10:20 AM

    I have always admired Peyton because every time I see him on the sidelines, he is studying the previous series. Great field general.

  80. baltimoresnativeson says: Jan 18, 2016 10:24 AM

    I’m not a manning fan but looked like he fell to me.

  81. bonniebengal says: Jan 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    Looks to me like he fell down. Nobody touched him so he got up.

  82. hippieway says: Jan 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    I’ve seen Manning and every other QB give themselves up to avoid a hit, however in this particular case it did appear that Manning stumbled, not surrender.
    What should worry Denver more, is how long the balls were in the air. Maybe it was just me but it seemed like from the time the ball left Manning’s hand until it got to the receiver, it was like the ball traveled slowly, the ball didn’t appear to have any zip.

  83. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 18, 2016 10:30 AM

    The “fix is in” comments are always hysterical to me.

    So the NFL fixed the game last week for the Steelers to win and then fixed this game for the Steelers to lose?

    Yup. Makes perfect sense.

  84. briang123 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:38 AM

    If the Steelers had hit him as he was getting up they would have been flagged and the NFL would have levied a massive fine.

  85. baltimorons says: Jan 18, 2016 10:52 AM

    I told you. The fix is in. Such a poor call. Had the steelers took a shot at him, they would have been flagged.

  86. granadafan says: Jan 18, 2016 10:59 AM

    Brett Favre has no shame in self sacks especially to give his friend a tainted sack “record”.

  87. samadams14 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:01 AM

    Ever since the Rivers/Hochuli Affair, officials are slow on the whistle, fearing blowing a play dead that shouldn’t have been. Officials used to have more conviction in the past, now everything is like a court room battle because of the confusing rules and fear of looking dumb on review.

    Same thing happened here. Someone is going to be seriously injured playing to the whistle trying to recover a ball that should be whistled dead. Blow the whistle and stand by what you saw happen.

    Plus, had another Steeler been lurking where Peyton pooped up to throw and hit him… Roughing the passer because Manning was already down by contact.

  88. steelercrazy says: Jan 18, 2016 11:02 AM

    The play had little effect on the game. The late fumble was the killer, plus the Steelers could’ve had potentially 6 more points with a hot kicker but instead of choosing field goals Tomlin decided to roll the dice again with a long pass on a 4th and one, and a punt from a struggling punter instead of a makeable 51 yard attempt in the thin mile high air.

  89. dreadnok89 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:04 AM

    golions1 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:08 AM
    I like hoe Peyton said “I got a touchdown” in his interview after the game. He should have been pulled for Osweiler no later than halftime. He was terrible.

    0 0

    —————-

    Explain terrible? Considering the drops by receivers he did good. even tomlison he read the defense amazingly especially on the last drive.

  90. arktikman says: Jan 18, 2016 11:05 AM

    I won’t resort to Bengals level and complain about that play. Steelers didn’t do enough to win. Hats off to the Broncos. Great D and made no big mistakes.

    On to the draft.

  91. llcamino says: Jan 18, 2016 11:05 AM

    Did he just admit that he wasn’t able to stop the momentum of his giant HGH head and that’s what took him down ? Priceless.

  92. imodan says: Jan 18, 2016 11:10 AM

    thomasreilly says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:13 AM

    At what point is a player deemed to have given himself up on a play? Should the official have blown the play dead when Manning intentionally went to the ground, similar to taking a knee? Do the Patriots now have the right to dive on Manning if he intentionally goes down on a play, or would that be roughing the passer?
    ———————————————————
    First, depends on the player. Let’s be honest. Second, yes the ref should have blown the play dead. Third, The Patriots or any other team should be given the benefit of the doubt if Manning hit’s the turf but, again, it’s Manning, and the Patriots. 15 yards, ejection and loss of a draft pick. This is Goodells NFL. Awesome work Rog. Way to stain what was once a great game.

  93. mikerobo1026 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:12 AM

    If a defender fell on him he would’ve been flagged for roughing the QB.. Such a BS play.

  94. imodan says: Jan 18, 2016 11:13 AM

    To be fair to Manning once the laws of gravity took over there was no way he was stopping that massive head from hitting the ground.

  95. theparadoxx82 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:20 AM

    Only Manning is old enough to get that non-call

  96. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 18, 2016 11:30 AM

    “If the Steelers had hit him as he was getting up they would have been flagged and the NFL would have levied a massive fine.”
    ———————-
    and they should – all you need is to touch him, hence the penalty for “unnecessary roughness”

  97. realdealsteel says: Jan 18, 2016 11:33 AM

    In 2005, Manning cried and they change the rules for the entire NFL on how corner-backs can’t touch a receiver. Payton immediately threw 50 TD’s with the rule change.

    Now he can give himself up and go down and he not be down. My point is that they always have made changes to the rules for Manning.

  98. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 18, 2016 11:38 AM

    charmcitytruth says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:28 AM

    Irony: Pats fans accusing officials, competition committee and rules favoring certain QBs. “Tuck Rule”, the “Brady Rule”, etc.

    Several rules have been created in direct result of plays that have involved Tom Brady

    Ok, wrong, wrong and go study your NFL history
    Tuck rule was around before Brady, its the Carson Palmer rule not Brady.

    I’ll admit to wanting to see a home game but not for fear of Denver, just want to force Goodell to show his face.

    And Pittsburgh, y’all never had a chance. Not because Denver was better. No way Roger was coming here.

  99. aljack88 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:54 AM

    charmcitytruth says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:28 AM
    Irony: Pats fans accusing officials, competition committee and rules favoring certain QBs. “Tuck Rule”, the “Brady Rule”, etc.

    Several rules have been created in direct result of plays that have involved Tom Brady.
    ===============================
    The Tuck Rule was created way before the infamous call against the Raiders; the Brady Rule (if you are referring to QBs getting hit below the knee) was created after Carson Palmer got hit there and blew out his knee against the Steelers.

  100. veddermn8 says: Jan 18, 2016 11:58 AM

    Clearly a blown call as Peyton started to tuck his leg under his other leg into a “baseball” slide which is an automatic deadball. If he leaned forward with his head toward the ground and popped up that would be fine. Leading with your legs and sliding is a dead ball. But lots of calls gets missed, its on the Steelers to keep playing and its on the NFL to keep trying to improve the quality of officiating.

  101. cupquest says: Jan 18, 2016 12:00 PM

    Can I get some IC Light to go with all this whine?

  102. robfootball says: Jan 18, 2016 12:10 PM

    I’m a huge Broncos fan and am happy that my team won, but I admit that the self-sack is pretty embarrassing. Can you imagine John Elway, even at that latest stages in his career, ever pulling this Jim Everett-like stunt? It’s the antithesis of the ‘helicopter’-play, body-sacrificing mentality he showed in Denver’s first Super Bowl win. The stigma from Everett’s self-sack in the 89 NFC Championship vs the 49ers game was so bad that it arguably affected him the rest of his career. While it’s a good thing that football has become more injury-conscious since then, that kind of move at playoff time certainly doesn’t inspire the “kicking and screaming” mentality Denver has been working to regain this year.

  103. dabigh says: Jan 18, 2016 12:11 PM

    Denver did win hats off to them, but NOT without allot of help! Pittsburgh controlled the game 90% of it! You cannot be perused as a QB, go to the ground and be down,and get back up and continue the play! The refs blew that one,and the knew it,we also tried to challenge it and we could not! There were also not one but 2 passes to the end zone that were CLEARLY interference on Denver, the one in the first half, the defeneder had his back to our defender and ran into him prior to the ball being there,with no call.Again Denver won,but not without bad calls,calls that cost us 2 touchdowns and kept a scoring drive alive for Denver when your QB CLEARLY went to the ground to avoid a sack,and no there doe snot have to be contact,when QB is evading another player behind the line of scrimmage!

  104. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:15 PM

    Patriot fans already crying about the refs when the chiefs were getting railroaded all game, watching it from the beginning you just knew goodell and the referees would not let them lose try at game, that game was so fixed that anyone with a working brain knew it immediately. When will Tammy hair pkugs and UGGS Brady do a hair club for men commercial with the nationwide theme song?

  105. JSpicoli says: Jan 18, 2016 12:18 PM

    He is a joke and PIT was the better team. Only the fumble and this stupid play changed things.

  106. aljack88 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:19 PM

    “…kept a scoring drive alive for Denver when your QB CLEARLY went to the ground to avoid a sack…”
    ==================================
    The Broncs did not score on that drive, they ended up punting. I do believe that the play should have been blown dead as soon as he went down; it did not matter if he got right back up or was not touched. He gave himself up.

  107. 6superbowls says: Jan 18, 2016 12:20 PM

    Anyone thinking Peyton “tripped”, get in touch with me. I have some swamp-land in Cincinnati to sell you.

  108. imodan says: Jan 18, 2016 12:22 PM

    Belichick is famous for taking away what the opponent does best. Rest assured Manning pulls that predetermined stunt again next week he will be greeted rather harshly by some very big men. Also, I see 10 guys in the box for NE virtually begging Ole noodle arm to throw it.

  109. drunkraider says: Jan 18, 2016 12:41 PM

    him and brady both have the sack of potatoes play down. everytime they think they are about to get hit they just flop to the ground like a sack of potatoes.

    only this time he didnt get touched and for some reason these whistle happy refs didnt blow the whistle.

    weird.

    remember when all the bad calls where because of ” replacement ” refs?

    I saw no difference then just like i still so no difference now.

  110. imodan says: Jan 18, 2016 12:43 PM

    Meanwhile Tom”the Clydesdale”Brady romps for an obvious touchdown diving to the pylon only to be screwed by the league office again. So he then dives in head first into a mass of angry men with bad intentions and scores in spite of the NFL’s best efforts. One more thing Brady has more than Manning……..guts.

  111. grumpyoleman says: Jan 18, 2016 12:49 PM

    Manning plays pretty well for being “injured”.

  112. whywerule says: Jan 18, 2016 12:52 PM

    charmcitytruth says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:28 AM
    …….

    Several rules have been created in direct result of plays that have involved Tom Brady.

    And yet you have not named one such rule. The two rules you mentioned were not created as a result of any game that involved Tom Brady. One of them was famously and correctly used in a game that involved Brady, but was not created in that game. The other rule was created before Brady’s knee was blown out.

    The league did modify a rule concerning ineligible receivers after last season because John Harbaugh had a hissy fit over being schooled by Belichick and McDaniels in an AFC Divisional game, but that had more to do with Harbaugh being embarassed in that game than anything Brady did. And the League/Competition Committee should be ashamed of themselves over modifying that rule simply because of the immature Harbaugh’s hissy fit.

  113. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 18, 2016 12:57 PM

    Also love all the comments here saying that it’s not fair because if someone had hit him while he was on the ground, it would have been a penalty.

    Why yes, yes it would be. You know what wouldn’t have been a penalty? TOUCHING HIM WITH YOUR HAND. You know, like defensive players do all of the time when a QB slides while running in the open field.

    Quite simple, really.

  114. philipdebin says: Jan 18, 2016 1:02 PM

    I’d love to see the planet on which Manning could’ve stayed upright after avoiding that defender that whiffed by a millimeter. There was no dive. It’s a stretch to assert it at all, much less to insinuate that the evidence is clear! I’m not even a Manning fan. I’d like to see any 40 year old man do what he did and not fall down.

  115. atthemurph says: Jan 18, 2016 1:02 PM

    “when a runner declares himself down by:
    falling to the ground, or kneeling, and clearly making no immediate effort to advance”

  116. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 18, 2016 1:05 PM

    watch the replay of that self sack, the ball touched the ground when manning went down, play should have been blown dead.

  117. goawayeverybody says: Jan 18, 2016 1:10 PM

    The officials totally blew it but the correct call is always the call the annoys Steelers fans the most.

  118. TheWizard says: Jan 18, 2016 1:19 PM

    He is a joke and PIT was the better team

    Don’t go Kordelle Stewart on us. I wanted Pittsburgh to win too so the Pats would have them at home, but if you’re really the better team you win the game.

  119. frostymugobeer says: Jan 18, 2016 1:20 PM

    so….Russell Wilson also “took a dive” last week when he laid down grabbed the ball then got up and threw it?
    if your not touched (downed by contact) its a legit play.
    get over it ….the Broncos played terribly and still got the W

  120. veddermn8 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:26 PM

    frostymugobeer says: Jan 18, 2016 1:20 PM

    so….Russell Wilson also “took a dive” last week when he laid down grabbed the ball then got up and threw it?
    if your not touched (downed by contact) its a legit play.
    get over it ….the Broncos played terribly and still got the W
    _________________

    That is a different kind of play. Sliding, like Peyton did by tucking his leg under his other leg like he was stealing a base, is an automatic deadball. It is a move that was adopted to protect QB’s from injury. It is also used often on interception returns. Whether Peyton intended to or not, he slid and it should have been a deadball.

  121. gadlaw says: Jan 18, 2016 1:30 PM

    What the heck is ‘smart’ about standing there and getting hit? You aren’t living in his body and you won’t feel the pain of injuries he took so you could feel that he was ‘manly’ enough for your approval. Live to fight another day – just like you would do in real life. And just like every other player would do, he kept playing until he heard a whistle. And Jim Rome is a punk anyways, like any other chicken hawk type who is all bluster and no go.

  122. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 18, 2016 1:30 PM

    manning shouldn’t be proud of any part of his play anymore. He’s just selfishly trying to add to his stats. Lucky that the Broncos won.

  123. clavisra says: Jan 18, 2016 1:33 PM

    He slid to the ground in the classic fashion of giving yourself up. Could not be more clear, just like every QB in the open field does on a run to protect themselves from a hit. How the refs didn’t call him down is just mind-boggling.

  124. mototax says: Jan 18, 2016 1:46 PM

    buckethead1 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 9:50 AM
    Allen’s finger barely, but clearly nipped Peyton’s jersey..Not blaming the officials, but it should have been challenged…Steelers controlled the game and lost…You just can’t fumble…
    ===================
    Clearly nipped Peyton’s jersey? So you saw something that no one else on TV, the sidelines or the field saw? Even Tomlin accepted the explanation.

  125. sariff420 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:56 PM

    A lot of these posters are clueless. Complaining how defenders would be penalized for hitting or diving on him in that situation. What they cant just touch him with their hand? Seems like a simple concept to me.

  126. it's all bs says: Jan 18, 2016 1:56 PM

    as usual the comments do not disappoint….He wasn’t down….he was never touched by a Steeler….and that play had no impact on the game anyway and it was LEGAL….my Steelers were outplayed by a better team.

    We lost because of Gilbert’s penalty…..the fumble by Toussaint sealed our fate.

  127. it's all bs says: Jan 18, 2016 2:02 PM

    sariff420 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 1:56 PM
    A lot of these posters are clueless. Complaining how defenders would be penalized for hitting or diving on him in that situation. What they cant just touch him with their hand? Seems like a simple concept to me.

    ___________________________

    exactly just like the same ones are saying Tomlin should have challenged if he was down or not…..um hello there has to be something to challenge.

  128. jjfootball says: Jan 18, 2016 2:12 PM

    NFL trying to help Manning go out a winner!

  129. jjfootball says: Jan 18, 2016 2:15 PM

    THE NFL WANTED MANNING VS BRADY, SO THEY HAD THE OFFICIALS SEE THAT IT HAPPENS!

  130. veddermn8 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:16 PM

    it’s all bs says: Jan 18, 2016 1:56 PM

    as usual the comments do not disappoint….He wasn’t down….he was never touched by a Steeler….and that play had no impact on the game anyway and it was LEGAL….my Steelers were outplayed by a better team.

    We lost because of Gilbert’s penalty…..the fumble by Toussaint sealed our fate.
    ______________

    Peyton used a “baseball” slide by tucking his leg which is the marker of giving himself up per the rulebook. Should have been a deadball. Broncos did end up punting but it still ate part of the clock and gave Steelers worse field position when they got it back because that was a 34 yard play. It did effect the game, but as you said, there will always be missed calls teams have to overcome.

  131. kenmasters34 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:40 PM

    The refs blew that one. The play should end when a QB goes down, unless the NFL wants linebackers diving at QBs while they are down.

    If a Steeler hit Manning while he was down, they would have been flagged for a late hit or unnecessary roughness.

  132. bonniebengal says: Jan 18, 2016 2:40 PM

    “I’m starting to feel like these games are scripted.”
    ______________________
    When Ryan Shazier made another crown of the helmet hit yesterday, the media was quick to protect him and say what a great hit it was and how legal it is. If Burfict had made that exact same hit, he would be vilified. The media protects and promotes certain teams.

  133. delshofner says: Jan 18, 2016 2:47 PM

    “Olivia drops back to pass …”

  134. stuckonwords says: Jan 18, 2016 2:55 PM

    dixonscider says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:10 AM

    You have a media that refuses to acknowledge that “his wife” was sent a performance enhancing drug. Do you think they’re going to say anything about this?

    I don’t get it. Aren’t you commenting on an article that is saying something about this?

  135. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:56 PM

    sariff420 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 1:56 PM

    A lot of these posters are clueless. Complaining how defenders would be penalized for hitting or diving on him in that situation. What they cant just touch him with their hand? Seems like a simple concept to me.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I agree that diving on him or hitting him would be a penalty and foolish. The QB is protected from such contact when he slides feet first. While it is a simple concept to touch him with their hand it is not necessary. The play is dead the moment a QB slides feet first.

    We have all seen countless plays where a QB has a defender bearing down on him and then slides. Frequently the defender dives over the QB or moves laterally to avoid contact. The play is always whistled dead even when no contact is made.

    Crying about receiving a penalty if they had drilled him is silly but so is the part about touching him. One is a penalty, the other is not necessary.

  136. t38267 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:57 PM

    What would be wrong with enacting a rule that for QB’s only, the college rule applies. Are there really many NFL plays where a QB is down but hasn’t given himself up and is able to get back up and make a play. I’d sacrifice those few plays to avoid what happened yesterday.

  137. gary866 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:57 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Jan 18, 2016 8:53 AM

    All these arrogant Denver idiots thought they’d just cruise against a decimated Steelers team. Instead they they spent a good 58 minutes wetting their pants. And needed a cheap trick like this to win.

    Shameful.

    ———————————————————

    As a Steelers fan you should be well versed in “shameful”….we’ll have to take you at your word.

  138. mototax says: Jan 18, 2016 3:00 PM

    HE FELL DOWN, wasn’t touched, made a play out of it. Let it go!

  139. armoderate says: Jan 18, 2016 3:02 PM

    He was avoiding the defender and fell. He didn’t go down and curl up into the fetal position like he normally does when he has surrendered. By him getting up so fast and throwing strongly infers a dive to get away rather than resignation of a sack. Next story.

  140. veddermn8 says: Jan 18, 2016 3:40 PM

    armoderate says: Jan 18, 2016 3:02 PM

    He was avoiding the defender and fell. He didn’t go down and curl up into the fetal position like he normally does when he has surrendered. By him getting up so fast and throwing strongly infers a dive to get away rather than resignation of a sack. Next story.
    ___________

    Any feet first dive is “giving yourself up” . An obvious sack. If he was hit while still on the ground there likely would have been a late-hit penalty on Steelers. Peyton clearly got away with one there.

  141. sharknadosite says: Jan 18, 2016 5:33 PM

    Big Ben benefitted from some horrible non-holding calls, Von Miller had him dead to rights several times but was blatantly held. Refs were obviously trying to keep the steelers in it. The Broncos have owned the Steelers in the playoffs and this game was no different. We would have won regardless.

  142. hess97 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:41 PM

    The phantom hold on CJ’s big run on the winning drive was much worse, and could have cost Denver the game. It looked just like the imaginary hold on sean locklear that kept Seattle far from the goalline play they should have had in Super Bowl XL.

  143. marycageblog says: Jan 19, 2016 1:25 AM

    No, players will not be allowed to dive on Manning after he is down. All one of the Steelers had to do was touch him and he would have been down by contact. If someone had dived on him, it would have been what it always is in that situation: roughing the passer. No one touched him, so he got up and threw the ball. It looked to me that Manning tripped and if you will watch the video again, watch his foot crumple up under him like he tripped.

  144. aptpupil77 says: Jan 19, 2016 3:14 AM

    The whistle should have been blown. He clearly gave himself up on the play. After the steelers first punt when the broncos didnt get called for that block in the back right at the point of attack i knew it was going to be tough to get a call. Not suggesting that the fix was in or anything because the refs pretty much swallowed their whistles. Im sure they missed some calls against the steelers as well. It just seemed like the bigger missed calls favored the broncos. 2 pretty blatant pass interferences in the endZone being the most obvious. That being said if my steelers had to lose id rather it of been to the broncos rather than cincy or the patriots. Manning is a guy i have respected since his college days. Aside from talib who sounds like pacman, the broncos displayed class.

    Speakin of talib, even with getting away with that PI didnt Bryant make him his bi!&@. !!! He should just be happy he got away with it and keep quiet. 😀

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