Peyton Manning is congratulated by teammates after his 51st passing touchdown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Houston Texans head coach Wade Phillips said the NFL told the Texans that the touchdown thrown by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning that tied the NFL record for passing touchdowns in a season shouldn't have counted.
According to Phillips, the NFL said that Broncos receiver Eric Decker touchdown catch from Manning should not have counted because Decker was juggling the ball.
Decker's catch was reviewed, as all scoring plays are, but the on-field ruling of a catch was upheld.
"Poor Manning," Phillips said. "He thought he broke the record."
The touchdown tied the NFL record of 50 touchdown passes in a season, set by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2007. Manning later threw No. 51 to tight end Julius Thomas to break the record.
"We did get some good news. Actually, it's bad news for Peyton Manning. ... I guess they're going to have to take that ball that they sent to the Hall of Fame back," Phillips said . "I feel bad for Peyton celebrating breaking the record and it really didn't happen."