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Wild Card liveblog: Colts at Texans

  2018 AFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game from NRG Stadium in Houston. If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras. Today's crew is headed by Bill Vinovich.       Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation R 52 Bill Vinovich 13   San Diego certified public accountant U 102 Bruce Stritesky 13 Vinovich Embry Riddle airline pilot DJ 16 Kevin Codey 4 Hussey Western New England middle school physical education teacher LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 9 Boger Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services* FJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 10 Torbert South Carolina State insurance agent SJ 88 Brad Freeman 5 Martin Mississippi State sports park director* BJ 12 Greg Steed 16 Hussey Howard computer systems analyst* *indicates full-time official Replay official: Mark Butterworth Replay assistant: Alton James Alternates: Craig Wrolstad (R), Phil McKinnely (DJ), Rick Patterson (SJ)  

NFL adds approved ruling on fumble/safety reviews to casebook for playoffs

The NFL officiating department took the unusual, but not unprecedented, step of adding an approved ruling to the current casebook, effective for the postseason. Small tweaks have been made in the past entering the postseason, which is deemed to be equitable when everyone's record resets to 0-0. Last season, we noted that the replay standards that were heavy-handed in the regular season showed signs of aligning closer to the expected standard in the Wild Card round. This was even more apparent when a catch was upheld in the Super Bowl that might have been incomplete in the regular season. Last season,

2018 rule changes

NFL adds approved ruling on fumble/safety reviews to casebook for playoffs

The NFL officiating department took the unusual, but not unprecedented, step of adding an approved ruling to the current casebook, effective for the postseason. Small tweaks have been made in the past entering the postseason, which is deemed to be equitable when everyone's record resets to 0-0. Last season, we noted that the replay standards that were heavy-handed in the regular season showed signs of aligning closer to the expected standard in the Wild Card round. This was even more apparent when a catch was upheld in the Super Bowl that might have been incomplete in the regular season. Last season,

Mechanics

Officials used to use a gunshot to signal the end to a quarter or half

It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994. When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s, stadium clocks were not the official time and officials kept time on the field. It used to fall to the back judge to keep time. When the NFL expanded to six-man crews in 1965, the line judge took over timing duties. A member of the chain crew would normally carry

The day the NFL had 8 officials on the field

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'yQwLvUekStBt_3dUtaYYdg',sig:'yxZrsOZcsCfo-JT8lLijpQmpJ9JciPHKskK-M0MkcDM=',w:'594px',h:'375px',items:'80188612,52132225',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); 1948 NFL Championship: Chicago Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles From all appearances in the city of Brotherly Love on Dec. 19, 1948, there was not to be a football game that day. With a thick fresh blanket of snow on the ground, Eagles halfback Steve Van Buren thought for sure that the NFL Championship game was cancelled. The league was forging ahead with the game as planned, so Van Buren took a bus and two trolleys to get within blocks of 20th and Lehigh in North Philadelphia. There, sandwiched between row homes from which residents watched

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