ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO – 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, was sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Decker said Phillips should just let it go, telling AP 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.”
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 weekly Friday news conference.