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Live blog: Ravens at Patriots

2012 AFC Championship

afc_champWe will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Ravens-Patriots game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.)

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 Leavy. The full crew list is at the bottom of this 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 Protect the long snapper from contact for 1 second (PHI) — WITHDRAWN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 Expand crown-hit rule for indirect forcible contact (PHI) — WITHDRAWN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 Challenge any call (with exceptions); 3rd challenge if 1 successful (PHI) — WITHDRAWN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 Allow alternate helmet color (new equipment) (PHI) — WITHDRAWN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


  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

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 127 Bill Leavy 18 Leavy San Jose State retired firefighter
U 31 Chad Brown 21 Carey East Texas State executive manager of facilities/student affairs administration
HL 36 Tony Veteri 21 Blakeman Manhattan College physical education teacher
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 11 Steratore Minnesota brokerage sales
SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum 12 Carey Illinois Wesleyan financial consultant
FJ 88 Scott Steenson 22 Winter North Texas commercial real estate broker
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 15 Parry Hope College retired high school administrator
  • Alternates: Ron Winter (upfield), Rusty Baynes (line), Terrence Miles (deep)
  • Replay official: Mark Burns
  • Replay assistant: Ted Campbell
  • Supervisor: Johnny Grier
  • Observer: Gary Slaughter

10 comments for “Live blog: Ravens at Patriots

  1. rwmelton
    January 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Referee Leavy doesnt’t have an “R” on the back of his uniform. Any idea why this is?

  2. Ben Austro
    January 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Saw this last week with one of the HLs. Loose thread and the letter panel fell off in the wash? No idea

  3. Mike
    January 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Non of the replacement officials had position plackacts. But they were last years style. All of the current uniforms, the number and position are part of the screening process, so nothing to fall off

  4. Ben Austro
    January 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    It’s definitely not a replacement uni, because they had a different font for the number. Yes, I notice those things.

  5. Mike
    January 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Yea that’s what I mention by last years style. The font was different. And the crew that worked the Balt game on the first Thursday back had last years uniform. I notice too

  6. Ben Austro
    January 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    OK, got your comment now. I have so many things open at once here. Thanks for noticing, too. Makes me seem less crazy

  7. Dennis
    January 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Any comment on the Pitta non-call right before his TD catch? Looked like helmet-to-helmet to me.

  8. Ben Austro
    January 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Yes, I agree. I was looking for a video link, and I think I found one.

  9. Mr. Matt (@Mr_Matt)
    January 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Leavy may have announced the wrong number, but you named the wrong player. The Ravens Safety is Bernard Pollard, not Troy Pollard.

  10. Ben Austro
    January 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Woah! And we duplicated it on the follow-up post. Thanks for the correction.