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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:

Peyton Manning Julius Thomas

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

Peyton Manning tells cold weather critics to shove it ‘where the sun don’t shine’

Peyton Manning BroncosPeyton Manning has a message for those who say he can’t play in cold weather: stick it.

The narrative that Manning can’t play in the cold has been going on his entire career. He spent most of his career playing indoors with the Indianapolis Colts, and he lost when he had to go outdoors in the cold at New England in the playoffs. He even lost last season in the cold at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

The narrative that Manning can’t play in the cold struck up again after he struggled at Foxboro in a 34-31 loss to the Patriots in Week 12. But after throwing for five touchdowns in a win at Kansas City last weekend, and 397 yards and four touchdowns in a win over the Tennessee Titans at home on Sunday, Manning had words for his cold-weather critics.

“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove that where the sun don’t shine,” Manning said after the game, via KOA’s Andy Lindahl.

Manning also says he wasn’t trying to answer his critics with his strong play on Sunday.

“I wasn’t trying to answer it, because I didn’t give it any validation,” the Broncos QB said Sunday per Peter Burns.

Manning always seems like a well-composed, level-headed person who doesn’t engage in trash talk. He didn’t even bite when Jim Irsay took a shot at him in the buildup before the Colts-Broncos game in Indy, so this is unusual for him. But if this is what trash talk from Manning sounds like, then I’m all for it. I love it.

As for the cold weather critics … well I am one of them. It’s not that Manning can’t play in cold weather, it’s that he will struggle in the elements like snow, rain and wind. Cold isn’t the issue so much as those other factors, and that’s why I don’t think the Broncos will win the Super Bowl. Good luck playing in New Jersey in February, Peyton.

Bald Peyton Manning is the best Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning bald

Some wiseguys on the internet decided to make Peyton Manning bald and give him a Drew Brees look. It’s sensational. I think we upgraded his overall look. All that’s really missing is a giant red mark across the forehead.

via Twitter/Peyton’s Head

Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning (Video)

Will Ferrell has been working overtime to promote “Anchorman 2.” He had the commercial with Dodge, and he’s been appearing around the country in character as “Anchorman” star Ron Burgundy. Ferrell even hosted a newscast in North Dakota as his alter-ego.

On Tuesday, he interviewed Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning as Burgundy before hosting SportsCenter in character. The results were predictably awesome. I almost lost it when he asked about Broncos mascot Thunder and said he had his eye on that beast for a while.

Here’s his hosting work on KXMB in Bismarck:

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