Rule change plugs the hole to drain the clock

At the 2017 NFL owners meeting this past spring, owners voted to approve a rule change proposed by the Competition Committee that disallows teams to intentionally commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the clock. Officially, the new rule (12-3-3) reads: A team may not commit multiple fouls

49ers exploit rules with triple defensive holding

Week 9: Saints at 49ers (video via Deadspin) 49ers head coach Chip Kelly employed a rarely used tactic: he intentionally broke the rules to gain an advantage. With eight seconds remaining in the first half and the Saints well within field goal range, the 49ers defensive backs held their opponents on purpose to