DENVER - The NFL has ruled that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's single-season passing yards record will stand.
The NFL and Elias Sports Bureau reviewed Manning's 7-yard pass to Eric Decker during the first quarter of the Broncos' win over the Houston Texans and decided replays were not conclusive enough to rule the play a lateral, NFL.com reported.
ESPN said one camera angle made the pass look like a lateral, which would make it a running play. Another angle showed Manning deeper than Decker, making it a pass.
If the play had been ruled a lateral, Manning would have lost 7-yards and the record.
"The stats crew at the game scored this play as a forward pass," league spokesman Michael Signora told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. "During the course of a 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-site stats crew to stand."
The debate over whether the Manning-to-Decker completion was a lateral or a forward passing lit up social media sports debates in recent days.
The bottom line: Manning was credited with passing for 266 yards on Sunday. That total gave Manning 5,477 passing yards for the season, putting him one yard ahead of Drew Brees' 2011 record.