Peyton Manning, your record is safe.
That was the verdict handed down by the Elias Sports Bureau on Tuesday, according to USA TODAY Sports.
Denver’s quarterback broke New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees’ single-season passing record against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. He finished with 5,477 passing yards during the regular season, breaking Brees’ record by 1-yard. Brees previously set the mark in 2011.
However, Manning’s 7-yard pass to Eric Decker in the first quarter appeared to be a backwards lateral, which could have been changed to run play. If Elias decided to credit Decker with a 7-yard run, Manning would have lost the passing yardage, and more importantly, his record.
Upon further review, the play stands.
"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 in an email to USA TODAY Sports.
In other words, there is no way Elias was going to take away Manning’s record and deal with a possible backlash. NFL officials did not accurately score the play, but that is their problem. Elias figured the best thing to do was let the NFL deal with it.
Considering how many calls NFL officials have missed this season, the league will have a lot to address during the offseason.
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