Chart: NFL rules changes

  • March 28, 2012 - 11:03 PM


• All games that go into overtime cannot end on a field goal on the first possession. The opposing team must get one series, and if it also kicks a field goal, the extra period continues. If the team with the first possession scores a touchdown, the game would end. This is already a playoff rule.

• Replay officials have permission to review turnovers just as they review all scoring plays.

• A team will lose a down for illegally kicking a loose ball.

• Too many men on the field becomes a dead ball foul.

• A player receiving a crackback block is now considered a defenseless player and the hit will result in a 15-yard penalty.

• Not passed were proposals to have the booth official handle video reviews rather than the referee, and outlawing the horse-collar tackle made on quarterbacks in the pocket.

• Several bylaw changes were tabled until the league meetings in May, including expanding preseason rosters to 90, designating one player suffering a major injury before Week 2 of the season as eligible to return from injured reserve, and moving the trading deadline back two weeks to after Week 8.

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