Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the NFL single-season passing record on Sunday, during the team’s big win over the Oakland Raiders in the regular season finale. Manning was pulled from the game after reaching 5,477 yards for the year, which was one more yard than Drew Brees’ 5,476 in 2011.
However, now it appears that Manning’s yardage record could be in jeopardy.
According to ESPN, Elias is reviewing a 7-yard completion from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker late in the first quarter, to determine if it was a lateral. If the play is determined to be a lateral, then the seven yards would go towards Decker’s rushing total and knock Manning back to 5,470 yards on the year which would forfeit his record.
It would be shocking to see the record overturned with no conclusive evidence, so we will need to keep a close eye on the ruling.
If it is overturned, expect to hear plenty of criticism towards Elias for knocking Manning out of the record books. Based on the current video evidence of the play, it would be a mistake for the ruling to be overturned.