Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the goal posts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rule Changes a Yearly Thing in the NFL

Every year the owners and top officials for each NFL team meet during the off-season to make changes to the game of football. This past weekend, the Annual Meeting took place in Orlando, Florida.

We have looked at rule changes to instant replay this year as well as changes to the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to now include the crossbar as prop. We have also looked at a possibility of the playoffs changing to add additional teams to put a total of 14 teams in the playoffs.

Additional rule changes this year that were finalized yesterday were the extension of the goal posts by another 5 feet. The Patriots had proposed this change to take into account the fields that are kicked directly above the goal posts to limit the opinions of the officials.

Another rule that has been added has been dubbed the “NaVorro Bowman rule”. This rule states that the officials can now make the recovery of a loose ball reviewable. This comes about because of a missed call from last years NFC Championship game where Bowman recovered a loose ball but because it was not a reviewable play, so the 49ers were not awarded possession.

The Patriots proposed another rule change, this one having to do with the field goals. The proposal was to move the extra point attempt back to the 25 yard line after every touchdown. This rule proposal was not approved but the league is going to try and experimental change concerning this proposal and for the first 2 weeks for the preseason the extra points will be attempted from the 20 yard line, making them a 37 yard attempt.

See the rest of the secondary rule changes that we didn’t go over.

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