Manning makes like Westbrook, MJD and slides!

Remember when Emperor Palpatine told Darth Vader (formerly Anakin Skywalker) that in his anger he had killed Padme Amidala (the love of his life) at the end of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith? That “Nooooooo!” Vader screamed at the realization of his actions was one of the most memorable (and humorous) parts of the film.

I think I heard that same yell from fantasy owners when Peyton Manning decided to slide near the goal line rather than score a touchdown against the Raiders.

In a play that would have been more likely called for someone like Michael Vick or Tim Tebow, Manning took off for 27 yards on a naked bootleg and ran inside the Raiders’ 5-yard line. But rather than continue on into the end zone for the touchdown, Manning slid down short as a defender closed in behind him.

Had Manning continued to run and scored, he would have finished with closer to 24 fantasy points instead of the 17 he recorded in lieu of the touchdown. If you’re a fantasy historian, you’ll remember that Brian Westbrook made a similar decision against the Cowboys in 2007.

Maurice Jones-Drew did the same thing in a game against the Jets last season, and he had himself in a fantasy league!

Of course, Westbrook and Jones-Drew didn’t slide and cost owners a touchdown in championship week.

But in a week where Tebow outscored Manning, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady and Jerome Simpson put up more fantasy points than Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker combined, well, I guess it’s all par for the course.

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