Peyton Manning could lose single season yardage record

Could a stat correction put Peyton's yardage record in jeopardy?

12/31/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts in the second half after setting the NFL single season passing yardage record against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsPeyton Manning set every record imaginable this season. Between his 55 TD passes, 7 of which came in one game, and his 5,477 yards, Manning had a season for the ages.

But Manning might not have really passed Drew Brees' yardage record, since one of Peyton's passes might have actually been a backwards pass, meaning it would be considered a rushing play for Eric Decker and not a pass.

Since Manning only beat the record by a single yard, this could be the difference maker that could take Manning out of the record books. Well, not entirely, but in this particular part.

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If the NFL decides to make a stat correction, this would subtract 7 yards from Peyton's total, which would drop him down to 5,470. That would leave him 6 yards shy of Brees, and take away Peyton's new record.

My prediction is that the NFL won't bother to fix this, since they're absolutely loving the publicity around Manning this year. He's their poster boy, and everyone loves him. If they do make the correction, it'll probably be after Manning is eliminated from the playoffs, so they can continue to promote him as the record-holder for his playoff games.

Realistically, the yardage mark is far less important than the TD record anyway, so it really doesn't matter one way or another. But we'll see how accurate the NFL wants to be.
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