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The NFL is extending a temporary rule this year that moves kickoff touchbacks to the 25. All other touchbacks (punts into and defensive recoveries into the end zone) will come out to the 20.
This was an experimental rule for 2016, and the owners voted to extend that
Embed from Getty Images 2016 rule changesIn an effort to make the kickoff a play less prone to injury, the touchback spot has been moved up five yards to the 25-yard line. In addition to the new automatic disqualification rule, the modified touchback rule is only in effect as a trial
Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, released his weekly media tape discussing the calls of the previous week (video download).
First, Blandino addressed the preventative officiating mechanics of umpire Carl Paganelli signaling to Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower that he was in an illegal formation over center on the Jets
Week 1: Browns at Steelers
The Browns nearly pinned the Steelers down on the goal line with a fourth-quarter punt. It looks like the Browns were successful, but a touchback was ruled. Let's review the call.
Once the ball is possessed by the kicking team, the ball is dead (unless the receiving
A Football Zebras rules quiz
How well do you know your rules when it comes to downing punts? Take the Football Zebras rules quiz to see how well you do. For this quiz, the 2013 NFL rulebook applies.
After you have taken the quiz, continue to page 2 for the explanations for
Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season is in the books and, as usual, former NFL vice president for officiating and current FOX Sports officiating analyst Mike Pereira had many calls to break down.
Pereira said that Bill Leavy's crew was correct is calling the Buccaneers' Adrian Clayborn and Dashon Goldson
Ravens at Broncos (video via Deadspin)
4th qtr | 12:35. On a night when Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws seven touchdowns -- first time anyone has done that since Joe Kapp in 1969 -- his teammate, Danny Trevathan, upstaged everything with an incredible lapse in judgement .
Trevathan's return of an interception
Week 17: Lions at Packers
1st Quarter | 13:00 remaining | Lions 7-0 | Lions kickoff | video
Updated below to include similar play from Chargers–Raiders.
Tough break for the Packers, as Patrick Lee muffs the Lions kickoff in the end zone. Lee remained in the end zone, but the ball rolled out
Saints at Seahawks
Walt Coleman is the referee, heading up Terry McAulay's crew.
First half. No replay reviews. Saints have 4 penalties for 18 yards, Seahawks 3/14, no penalties declined.
4th Quarter, 3:38 remaining. On the amazing touchdown run by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, did quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throw an illegal block