The league and the Elias Sports Bureau reviewed a 7-yard completion from Manning to receiver Eric Decker during the first quarter of the Broncos' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders and said that replays were not conclusive enough to overturn the record.
Manning finished the game completing 25-of-28 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns, ending the season with 5,477 passing yards, one more than New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had in 2011.
"The stats crew at the game scored this play as a forward pass," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. "During the course of the season, there are many similar plays which could be reviewed by the Elias Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician. In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-sight stats crew to stand."KING: A Backward Pass at Manning’s Record