It took a little while to get used to, but this year's "replay assistance rule" has improved the game.
In 2020 the replay official at the stadium could step in and make clock adjustments. This season, the replay official's ability to fix plays was greatly expanded.
In short, the NFL is allowing
Ultimately would be 4th down again, not automatic 1st down
Week 9: Colts at Texans (video at :53)
"The Texans looked to have got away with one," said NBC announcer Al Michaels, as the Texans snap the ball to eliminate the possibility of the previous play being challenged.
On a 4th-and-9 punt, Colts