NFL Replay Rule Change 2012: Failure to Act Now Will Prove Costly for NFL

November 24, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Reviewing how the NFL handles reviews of action of the field needs to end—and action off of the field must be taken.
Multiple sources, including CBS Sports, report that the NFL is going to examine the replay rule that very well may have cost the Detroit Lions their Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans, which they lost in overtime, 34-31.
For those who somehow missed it, take a look.
Texans running back Justin Forsett is clearly down—both his knee and elbow touch the ground when only one needs to make contact—yet no whistle blew and 81 yards later, Detroit's 10-point lead was cut to three.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz threw the challenge flag—a no-no since all scoring plays are reviewed—and due to Official NFL Playing Rule 15, Section 9, the Lions were penalized, replay was scrapped and the touchdown that wasn't a touchdown stood.
Per Sports Illustrated's Peter King:
"If there is a foul that delays the next s...

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