According to the league, Peyton Manning has only thrown 50 TDs, not a record 51. After Texans coach Wade Phillips asked for a review, the league determined Eric Decker's TD catch should not have been ruled a catch. That means Julius Thomas' record-setter should have tied, not broken the record.
Wade Phillips: NFL agrees 50th TD was a bobble
By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Wade Phillips would like to put an asterisk on
Peyton Manning's touchdown record.
The Houston Texans' interim coach said Friday the league agreed with
him that Manning's record-tying 50th TD toss Sunday shouldn't have
counted because Eric Decker bobbled the ball.
The touchdown still counts, however, as does Manning's 51st TD throw.
That one to Julius Thomas minutes later capped Denver's 37-13 win and
broke Tom Brady's record of 50 TD passes set in 2007.
That football, along with Manning's grass-stained No. 18 jersey and his
cleats, were sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Decker said Phillips should just let it go, telling The Associated
Press on Friday, "I caught it. This doesn't change anything. It's still
a big catch for me and one I'll remember for a while."
Same with Manning, who told Decker after the reception with 6:57 left,
"Great catch, man!"
Decker's 20-yard reception with 6:57 left in the fourth quarter gave
Denver a 30-13 lead, and the TD was upheld on replay, much to the
chagrin of Phillips, who felt Decker didn't have control of the ball
until after his momentum carried him out of the back of the end zone.
Phillips sent the play to the league this week, contending the wrong
call was made.
"We did get some good news. Actually, it's bad news for Peyton Manning
because the league did come back and say that the ball was juggled by
Decker and shouldn't have been a touchdown," Phillips said at the
beginning of his Friday news conference.
He jokingly added, "I guess they're going to have to take that Hall of
Fame ball that they sent to the Hall of Fame back. I feel bad for
Peyton celebrating breaking the record and it really didn't happen."
"I guess they still count it, don't they? Anyway, the League came and
said that it was not a touchdown. Unfortunately, they ruled it a
touchdown on the field and then they reviewed and said it was a
touchdown. But now the league came back and said it wasn't, which we
said all along."
Broncos coach John Fox shrugged off Phillips' comments, noting there's
been plenty more TD passes that Manning has had this season that were
overturned on replay.
"I'm on the other side of a lot of those too but it really doesn't
change anything. So I'll just leave it at that," Fox said at his Friday
Later, Fox told The AP there was one play in particular, against
Tennessee on Dec. 8, in which Decker caught a pass and rolled into the
end zone for the apparent score but he was ruled down shy of the goal
line upon further review.
TV replays, however, don't clearly show a defender touching him before
he rolls across the goal line.
"I still thought that was a touchdown, but I don't pay much mind to all
that stuff because it doesn't change anything," Fox said. "I don't
really put much stock in all that."
Decker said he still doesn't think he was touched on that play, but
those kinds of calls all even out in the end.
As for Phillips checking with the NFL on his record-tying TD catch,
Decker added: "Obviously, coaches want the games to be called fair. He
didn't think it was the right call, which I thought it was. So, he's
going to voice it to the league. But it still counts."