Peyton Manning can breathe a little easier tonight as his single-season passing yardage record which came into question this week will remain, an NFL spokesman confirmed.
Manning's stat line from Denver's 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders was 25-of-28 passing for 266 yards and four touchdowns. The passing yardage in the game gave Manning 5,477 passing yards which was one more yard than Drew Brees' original record from 2011.
The unfortunate part was that there was an issue with a seven-yard completion from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker late in the first that could've changed the play to a run subsequently allowing Brees to keep the record. In one camera angle, the pass to Decker looks like a lateral, which would make it a running play. Another angle, from above, shows Decker receiving the ball at the Broncos' 48-yard line, with Manning slightly deeper than that.
Elias Sports Bureau made the final call after reviewing the play, which will remain a pass.
"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 Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician. In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-site stats crew to stand," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.
Now Peyton set two passing records this season, so it should be a great New Year's celebration for Manning who finished with one of the most dominant individual regular seasons in NFL history.