Moats Wonders If Manning Brothers Went Over Fake-Slide-Throw Play


On Wednesday, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning managed to break away from his busy commercial schedule to visit his younger brother Eli Manning. During his visit to New York, the elder Manning reportedly gave his sibling a few tips on how the New York Giants should attack the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense on Sunday.

By Wednesday, the Manning brother reunion news had circulated around the Steelers locker room and when asked about the topic, linebacker Arthur Moats wondered if Peyton taught Eli how to perfect a play he used against the Steelers in last year’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Denver Broncos.

“I heard, I heard that,” Moates said Wednesday during an interview with Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I don’t know, man, I still think about the play where he [Peyton] like faked where he was sacked and got up and bombed it. You know, that’s what I think of when I think of Peyton. So, if that’s what he’s going to go with as far as his advice, we know to tag him this time. When you’re on the ground, tag the guy just make sure it’s all clear. Yeah, the fake-slide-throw, that’s definitely the play that comes to mind.”

While I doubt any of you have forgotten about that play Moats is referencing, in case you have, let me refresh your memories.

With 13:15 left in the fourth quarter and the Steelers leading the Broncos 13-12, Peyton Manning dropped back to pass on a 1st and 10 play from the Denver 20-yard-line. Former Steelers safety Will Allen blitzed off the right side of the Pittsburgh defense and his pressure appeared to make Manning give himself up for a sack. Manning, however, then proceeded to get up after not being touched down and easily completed a pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for a gain of 34 yards.


On that play, Steelers cornerback William Gay, who was covering Sanders, appeared to stop playing after Manning went down to the ground and that’s what ultimately led to the easy explosive play completion. While that Broncos drive ultimately stalled three plays later, the long-completed pass resulted in a flipped field and the Steelers subsequent offensive possession started at their own 25-yard-line following a touchback.

Needless to say, the Steelers defensive players learned a valuable lesson from that play this past January and I doubt they’ll let Eli duplicate it this Sunday at Heinz Field.

  • Ryan

    Brilliant move on Peyton part. I’m sure the defense learned a lesson about Makin sure to touch a guy down and play till the whistle blows

  • PaeperCup

    Will Allen, getting pressure again.

  • Vic

    I recall Harrison was near Peyton and ton and the problem with that is if Harrison would have touch Peyton they would have called him for unnecessary roughness

  • Chad H

    You are exactly right.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I remember this play like it happened a hour ago! If you ever watched Peyton play you know if he slides anywhere it’s to give himself up! So mad at that!

  • Daniel

    and fined of course

  • dany

    “we know to tag him this time”

    so they definitely didn’t last time huh? I thought it was a brain fart but apparently they were really oblivious

  • Lil Smitty

    I always thought if a QB slide feet first he was giving himself up. Peyton definitely went feet first. It should have counted as a sack. It wasn’t like he tripped he deliberately kicked his feet out first. SMH!

  • mokhkw

    The NFL addressed the QB sliding rule in the off-season, no doubt in part because of the Manning play. If it happened now he wouldn’t be allowed to advance the ball as he clearly decided to slide to avoid the sack & therefore gave himself up on the play.

    Hopefully Coach T has done as good a job of explaining this to his team as he has with celebration penalties…..or maybe it’s too “popcorn” for him to bother with?

  • Böröndi Krisztian

    Harrison is dropping into coverage on the opposite side, nowhere near, but could’ve been fined for only staring at him

  • Timothy Rea

    No use crying over spilled milk. Anyone really think they would throw a flag against manning in his last hurrah year in a play were he clearing was sliding and down? Right..

  • Axe Skot

    Hated this play, still do. Should never have been ruled a completion, a clear QB slide down. There is no question that certain QB’s are untouchable. I thought of this while watching the Patriots game last week where Blount (I think) bounced it out away from his blockers and ran it to the opposite side. Brady started running down the field to block and NOT ONE defender even breathed on Brady. It was like some goddamned force field. I haven’t been that furious during any play this year. People in the bar looked at me like I was insane while I yelled “Hit him! Stick that sonnofabitch!”

  • nitch19

    Yep. And the cheaper the hit on that f’in puke, the better.