Broncos say Manning's 50th already counts

December, 27, 2013
12/27/13
3:30
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As far as the Denver Broncos are concerned, quarterback Peyton Manning's 50th touchdown pass of the season is in the books, right alongside the record-setting 51st, as well as the first one of the season, which he threw Sept. 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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And that's that.

"I'm on the other side of a lot of those, too, but it really doesn't change anything," said Broncos head coach John Fox following Friday's practice. "So I'll just leave it at that."

Houston Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said in Houston on Friday that the NFL had informed him Manning's 50th touchdown pass -- a 20-yard throw to Eric Decker with 6 minutes, 57 seconds remaining in Denver's 37-13 victory over the Texans on Sunday -- should have been overturned.

Phillips said Decker was juggling the ball as he crossed over the sideline. Replays initially appeared to show that, but the customary review of a scoring play by the replay official (Tom Sifferman) at Reliant Stadium let the play stand.

As Phillips left his daily sitdown with media Friday, he said, "Poor Manning, he thought he broke the record."

Manning later threw his 51st scoring pass of the season, a 25-yard completion to tight end Julius Thomas with 4:28 left in the game.

Jeff Legwold

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter

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