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Live blog: Texans at Ravens

AFC Divisional Playoff

We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Texans-Ravens game.

If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras.

Pete Morelli is the referee. Full crew list is at the bottom of the post.

Football Zebras staff
Tue Mar 28 • 2:00 am EDT

Playing rules

  1. Protect the long snapper from contact for 1 second (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  2. Abolish line leaping on field-goal and extra-point kicks (PHI) — PASSED with language changes TBA
  3. Expand crown-hit rule for indirect forcible contact (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  4. Challenge any call (with exceptions); 3rd challenge if 1 successful (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  5. 3rd challenge if 1 successful, unlimited for subsequent successful (WAS) — 
  6. Kickoffs through uprights would be touchback to 20, otherwise 25 (WAS) — FAILED, 11-21
  7. Challenge any call at any time of game, except turnover/score (BUF-SEA) — 
  8. Make 2016 automatic disqualification rule for 2 UNS fouls permanent (CC) — PASSED
  9. Kickoff touchback to the 25, extend to 2017 only (CC) — PASSED
  10. Regular-season overtime to 10 minutes (CC) — TABLED, reportedly 12 votes against
  11. Receiver running a route has defenseless player protections (CC) — PASSED
  12. Extend illegal crackback to player who was in motion (CC) — PASSED
  13. Centralized replay & referee participate via tablet (CC) — PASSED, unanimously
  14. Reset on multiple fouls to drain the clock (CC) — PASSED
  15. Revised 10-second runoffs to apply at 2:00 warning (CC) — PASSED

Bylaws proposals

  1. Eliminate the first roster cut to 75 active players (WAS) — 
  2. Concussion Exempt designation w/ practice squad call-up (WAS) — 
  3. Opt out of “garish” Color Rush uniforms (WAS) — 
  4. Expand hosting rules for draft-eligible workouts (CC) — PASSED
  5. Injured reserve return rules apply to NFI and PUP reserve players (CC) — PASSED
  6. Preseason personnel notices issued on Sundays (CC) — PASSED

Policy proposals

  1. Allow alternate helmet color (new equipment) (PHI) — WITHDRAWN
  2. Head coach candidates can negotiate contracts while active in postseason (CC) — TABLED for consideration at May meeting
  3. Non-football employees can work for another team midseason (CC) — PASSED

Miscellaneous

  1. Relocation of Raiders to Las Vegas, as early as 2019 season (OAK) — PASSED, 31-1 (no: MIA)
  2. Point of emphasis that “egregious” hits to head are an automatic disqualification (CC) — PASSED

  • R — #135 Pete Morelli (15th year, 9th as referee)
  • U — #71 Ruben Fowler (6th year)
  • HL — #26 Mark Baltz (23rd year)
  • LJ — #18 Byron Boston (17th year)*
  • FJ — #89 Jon Lucivansky (3rd year)
  • SJ — #95 James Coleman (7th year)*
  • BJ — #75 Rob Vernatchi (8th year)
  • Alternates — Paul King (#121, U from Terry McAuley’s crew), Barry Anderson (#20, FJ from Jeff Triplette’s crew).

*Boston and Coleman are from Walt Anderson’s crew

5 comments for “Live blog: Texans at Ravens

  1. JHarry
    January 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    There was an injury timeout for Ed Reed’s injury early in the game. Wasn’t he supposed to sit out the next play?

  2. dilly
    January 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    @JHarry, that would be true if it was just an official timeout. The Ravens then had the option to take a team timeout, which they did. In that case, he can return on the play after the team time out.

  3. Lou Loveland
    January 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I have a question in regards to the Jacoby Muffed punt during todays game of the Texans vs. Ravens.

    After Jacoby Jones tried to catch the ball on the bounce, he muff the punt and then turns to run after the ball. One of the Ravens then tackles him from behind well after the ball is no longer touching Jacoby.

    Is it legal to tackle the returner that doesn’t have the ball but is trying to go after the ball. Seems like that should be some kind of holding?

    Anyboy have any insight?

  4. Ben Austro
    January 16, 2012 at 12:35 am

    The Ravens defender gets the benefit of the doubt because Jacoby can be perceived as a ball carrier if the defender does not see the ball. Adding to the perception is that there is no whistle, so the Ravens #29 can easily assume that the play is alive. From our perspective we see the loose ball, but between #29 and the ball is Jacoby Jones.

    The same benefit of the doubt is given to a defensive back who hits a receiver who dropped a pass. If the defensive back is screened, or the receiver starts to move up field before securing the catch, the receiver can be hit without penalty (assuming that there is no other aspect of the play considered unnecessary roughness).

  5. January 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

    In this game, the replay ref asked for a review on the spot of the ball in the 4th quarter under two minutes left. I really thought this was uncalled for as most spots of balls are arbitrary to begin with. Do you all think this was a bit excessive or completely called for? I don’t question the overturn….but I do question making the call to review to begin with.
    Also, in the history of the NFL review policies has this ever happened before? Has a replay official EVER asked for a review like this before? Is there a place to see a stat like this?
    Thanks for any reply you could help here.
    Ryan Parr

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