Following a belated booth review Peyton Manning may lose the single season passing yardage record he seemed to have claimed in the first half of the Bronco's season finale:
(CBS) When the dust settled in the NFL landscape on Sunday, Peyton Manning appeared to have eclipsed Drew Brees’ 2011 passing record.
Manning completed 25-of-28 passes for 266 yards, good for 5,477 yards on the season – one more than Brees’ record. But the NFL is now reviewing a 7-yard completion to Eric Decker with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter.
According to a report from ESPN, one camera angle implies the pass to Decker is a lateral, which would make it a running play. Another angle, however, shows Decker catching the ball at the Broncos’ 48-yard line, with Manning slightly deeper than that.
If the play stands, Manning keeps his record. If the NFL determines the play was in fact a lateral, Manning would finish with 5,470 yards, which would be the second-highest season total in league history.
Left unmentioned: Manning was benched for the second half (along with other starters); I strongly suspect that he would have been on the field if the coaches thought the record was not in the bag. After all, that sort of record is a team achievement and fun for the fans to talk about.
That said, if Manning gets his second Super Bowl ring the passing record will be but a speck of icing on the cake. And if the Broncos don't win the Super Bowl after the season they had, well, that passing record won't mean anything. I guess we could ask Tom Brady of the 2007 18-1 Patriots about that, since the Broncos just broke their scoring and TD passes marks.