Peyton Manning just wanted a Bud Light after beating Chargers (Video)

Peyton-Manning-Bud-LightPeyton Manning had only one thing on his mind after the Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers to advance to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday — an ice cold beer.

During Manning’s postgame press conference, a reporter asked him if he is concerned about his upcoming neck exam after the season and what it means for the future of his career. Peyton said he has not taken any time to think about it.

“Truly not,” he replied. “What’s weighing on my mind is how soon I can get a Bud Light in my mouth after this win. Priority number one.”

The press room erupted with laughter after Manning made the comment. We already knew Manning was hilarious with scripted stuff like his incredible DirecTV commercial or that SportsCenter interview with Ron Burgandy, but who knew he was such a good improviser? That’s why people love Peyton.

Peyton Manning ‘Omaha’ call may be snap count direction

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Peyton Manning made “Omaha” a well known part of Sunday’s AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers.

Known for his extensive audibles and pre-snap directions, Manning kept saying “Omaha” while calling plays and barking instructions to his team on the field during the game. The word “Omaha” quickly began trending on Twitter and was mentioned on social media, leading to many jokes and observations. But what exactly does “Omaha” mean?

Our friend Lance Zierlein, who is a host for Sports Talk 790 in Houston and comes from a football coaching/scouting background, shared an explanation for what he believes “Omaha” meant:

To further break that down, Manning/Denver picked a word that starts with an “O” as their code word for when they’re trying to draw the other team offsides. That would let his team know not to jump on the first “hut” he says.

Interestingly, right after Zierlein tweeted that, Manning drew the Chargers offsides. San Diego had five neutral zone infractions at that point. However, after Zierlein tweeted that note, I observed that on the Broncos’ four-quarter drives, the snap came immediately after Manning yelled “Omaha.” Perhaps he changed the code word’s meaning at that time to keep the Chargers off-balance. It seemed like “Omaha” then began to mean snap the ball on my next sound.

In fact, Manning’s former coach Tony Dungy said on Twitter that Manning even got the Chargers to jump twice with fake Omaha calls.

Omaha, Dungy noted, is a term universally used by football teams. Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Tony Romo and even Eli Manning have all used it, as have many more. In simple terms, Omaha is just a code word that generally means the team is changing something about the play called in the huddle. On Sunday, it seemed like Omaha was a code word for the snap count.

Whatever the case, the city in Nebraska sure appreciated all the extra publicity:

Peyton Manning could lose NFL passing yardage record


Peyton Manning has rewritten the history books once again with an incredible season with the Denver Broncos. His 55 touchdown passes easily broke Tom Brady’s NFL single-season record of 55. He also just barely bested Drew Brees’ record for passing yardage, finishing with 5,477 yards on the season. The previous record was 5,476. However, Manning’s passing yardage record is under review.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Legwold reported on Monday that the league’s record-keepers are reviewing a 7-yard completion that Manning threw to Eric Decker in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders. When looking at replays of that pass, it appears that it was actually a lateral. The screenshot above shows the ball out of Manning’s hand while Decker is deeper in Broncos’ territory than he is. Here’s another look:

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Wade Phillips: NFL says Peyton Manning’s 50th touchdown pass should not have counted

Peyton Manning BroncosPeyton Manning is officially the NFL’s record holder for most touchdown passes in a single season. His 51st touchdown pass of the year was reeled in by tight end Julius Thomas on Sunday and allowed him to surpass Tom Brady’s previous record of 50. However, Houston Texans interim coach Wade Phillips said the NFL informed him this week that Manning’s 50th touchdown pass shouldn’t have counted, though the stats will not be changed.

Manning’s record-tying touchdown came on a 20-yard strike to Eric Decker in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans. Here is the best angle we have of the play, which looked like a pretty clean catch.

According to the NFL, it was not a clean catch. Phillips said the league acknowledged that the ball was juggled and should have been ruled an incomplete pass.

“Poor Manning,” Phillips joked, per ESPN.com. “He thought he broke the record.”

To make matters more interesting, the pass came on third down. That means you can’t argue that Manning would have throw a touchdown pass on another play during that drive, as the Broncos would have settled for a field goal.

Manning still has credit for 51 touchdown passes this season, so he’s not losing any, but it’s interesting that the NFL says one of the TDs should not count. Manning has a chance to add to his record total this weekend.

Julius Thomas nearly lost Peyton Manning’s record-breaking touchdown ball

Peyton-Manning-Julius-ThomasPeyton Manning set an NFL record for touchdown passes in a single season on Sunday with a beautiful 25-yard strike to tight end Julius Thomas, who deserves credit for making a nice over-the-shoulder grab. However, Thomas almost blew one of his most important assignments after scoring.

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When Thomas got back to his feet after securing the touchdown, he dropped the ball on the ground and went to celebrate. Fortunately for the third-year player out of Portland State, teammate Eric Decker was quick to scoop it up. Decker stuffed the ball under his jersey and headed toward the sideline to give it to Manning.

“I dropped the ball so fast to do my usual thing and Deck picked the ball up so fast,” Thomas said, via Anwar S. Richardson of Yahoo! Sports. “I was like, ‘Why did Deck picked the ball up so fast?’ I’m not paying any attention and I came back to the sidelines and I’m sitting down on the bench and somebody said, ‘That was the one!’ Maybe I shouldn’t have dropped it so carelessly, I should’ve kept it.”

Crisis averted. Manning, who said he didn’t see Decker scoop the ball up and hide it under his jersey, joked that he was glad Thomas was unaware of the situation.

“Julius, it wouldn’t have surprised me if he had handed it to some babe up in the stands and tried to get her phone number in exchange for the ball,” Manning said. “That’d be right up Julius’ alley. That’s pretty in line with his thinking often times. Great catch, great route by him and, like I said, Decker’s catch was awesome, that’s probably one of the best ones of the year in my opinion.”

The fact that he used the word “babe” is so Peyton Manning it hurts. Kudos to Decker for paying attention. Thomas almost learned a valuable lesson the hard way.

Photo via @cjzero

Peyton Manning breaks record with 51st touchdown pass (GIF)

Peyton Manning on Sunday broke Tom Brady’s record for most touchdown passes in a season by throwing his 51st TD pass of 2013.

Manning’s touchdown pass was a perfect 25-yard strike to Julius Thomas in the end zone to extend the Denver Broncos’ lead to 37-13 over the Houston Texans. The touchdown pass was Manning’s fourth of the game and gave him an even 400 yards passing.

A virtual lock to win his fifth MVP award, Manning now reclaims the record he held for a few years. In 2004, Manning threw for 49 touchdowns to break Dan Marino’s record of 48 set in 1984. Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes in 2007 to break Peyton’s record, but the Broncos QB has now reclaimed the honor.

With a game left on the schedule, Manning stands a very good chance of putting up 55 touchdowns for the season. Here he is with Thomas after setting the record:

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GIF via GIFD Sports; Image via @cjzero

Great explanation for Peyton Manning cold tub iPad photo

Peyton Manning cold tub

For Peyton Manning, there are no days off. Check that — there are no minutes off.

Those who watched last weekend’s Denver Broncos-Tennessee Titans game likely saw the above photo shown on the CBS broadcast. It’s just hilarious to look at and embodies everything about the football nerd Manning is. He has one shoe on and his other foot in the cold tub. Then he is in full Broncos gear, including a helmet despite not being on the field, and he’s holding an iPad. Just that he’s holding an iPad while soaking his foot is enough to show you what a hard worker he is, but that he’s wearing a helmet is just so odd.

Since the photo went viral, the Broncos website decided to provide some background to the photo. Here’s their explanation for it:

Earlier this season, Manning and tight end Julius Thomas found themselves in the training room instead of practice on a Wednesday.

Not wanting to miss out on mental reps, Manning took matters into his own hands.

With his injured ankle in the cold tub, the quarterback kept his helmet on to listen to the play calls from Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who was on the practice field. Simultaneously, he watched game tape on his iPad.

“He heard the calls, he’d repeat them to Julius and they were kind of – it was a way for them to take two hours and stay in the game plan,” explained Gase, who laughed that he couldn’t believe the photo made it onto CBS’ broadcast last week.

The dude had his helmet on to listen to play calls from practice.

Practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game … but practice.

Can you freaking believe that? I mean I can’t even hold a drink in one hand and the TV clicker in the other without spilling, and this guy is not only studying game film on his iPad, but he’s also listening to play calls from practice and sharing them with Thomas. Man, that is some serious dedication, not to mention amazing multi-tasking ability.

So if you’re wondering what kind of work ethic and dedication it takes to be a 5-time NFL MVP (he’s winning his fifth this year) and surefire Hall of Famer, look no further than this photo and explanation. Wow. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

H/T Deadspin