After the 2016 season is over, the NFL may very well change a rule that helped the Baltimore Ravens seal a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. On Sunday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh knew that the game could not be advanced on a penalty when the clock hits zero and he used that to his advantage.
Ravens win by holding Bengals intentionally and delaying safety, there's no time extension for the flags pic.twitter.com/cL9AdJaIwv— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) November 27, 2016
Now, NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino is hinting that this rule might be changed.
The NFL competition committee can review whatever they want. They need to leave the rule alone. No, I’m not saying this because the Ravens benefited from it. I’m saying the NFL needs to leave this loophole alone because the league is creating way too many rules nowadays. The NFL still doesn’t know what a catch is. Let’s not make the job for a referee more difficult when they already have enough to monitor on their plate.
Every time the ball is in the air, people are waiting to see if a pass interference, holding or illegal contact penalty is called. Not to mention the questionable roughing the passer penalties that are called as well. If anything, the NFL needs to scale back on some of these rules and let the game be decided by the players.