Phillips says Manning's 50th TD pass shouldn't have counted

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shouldn't have established an NFL record for touchdown passes in a season, according to Houston Texans coach Wade Phillips.

Phillips said the NFL told the Texans that Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker's second touchdown catch shouldn't have counted because Decker was bobbling the football.

The record still stands, though.

"Poor Manning," Phillips said. "He thought he broke the record."

That score was Manning's 50th touchdown, tying Tom Brady's record, before later throwing his 51st touchdown.

"We did get some good news," Phillips said. "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. I feel bad for Peyton celebrating breaking the record and it really didn't happen. I guess they still count it, don't they?"

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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