NFL to Texans: Peyton Manning's 50th TD shouldn't have counted

Should this Week 16 touchdown have counted? The NFL now says no. (USATSI)
As he had done on seven previous occasions this season, Peyton Manning threw at least four touchdowns in Sunday's victory over the Texans. This time, though, it also meant Manning set the single-season touchdown mark, which now stands at 51 with one regular-season game remaining.

But according to Texans' interim coach Wade Phillips, the NFL admitted this week that Manning's 50th touchdown -- a fourth-quarter 20-yard pass to Eric Decker -- shouldn't have counted.

Like all scoring plays, the touchdown was reviewed at the time -- and upheld. But the league informed the Texans that, in retrospect, the play should have been ruled an incompletion because Decker was juggling the ball as he went out of bounds.

"Poor Manning," Phillips joked, via ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli. "He thought he broke the record."

Manning's record will stand, obviously. But even if he was stuck on 50, the Broncos face the Raiders this week and we feel comfortable in writing that Manning could muster at least one touchdown against Oakland's 24th-ranked defense (he had three when the teams last met in Week 3).

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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