Depending on a review of a 7-yard play that might be changed from a pass to a run, Peyton Manning might not have broken the single-season record for passing yards after all.
Will Peyton Manning lose the record for total passing yardage? Upon further review, he just might.
According to ESPN.com, Manning’s 7-yard completion to Eric Decker with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter in Sunday’s 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders is under review.
Citing sources, the article states that the record keepers at the Elias Sports Bureau routinely review plays – and that this one will merit a close look.
Manning passed New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the final play from scrimmage for the Broncos prior to halftime, a five-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, then did not play the second half. He edged Brees’ 2011 record by one yard.
The question is whether the pass was a lateral, which would make it a running play, or not.
According to the article, if the play stands, Manning will keep the record, but if it is ruled a run, he would be credited with 5,470 yards for the season. While that would still easily be a career mark for Manning, it would only be the second-highest season total in league history.