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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Add one more item to the agenda for NFL coaches to chew on in crunch time: Throw the challenge flag for pass interference or not?
As expected, the league's owners passed a resolution Wednesday (by a 31 to 1 vote), granting the competition committee the authority to tweak the instant replay measure concerning pass interference calls or non-calls that was adopted earlier this offseason.
And the tweak to come will put the onus on coaches to challenge for pass interference in the final two minutes of a half or overtime rather than leaving the call in the hands of the replay official in the booth as originally planned.
Yet the revision comes with a twist: Hail Mary plays are off limits. Those desperate heaves at the end of a game, with all of the pushing and shoving that ensues between receivers and defenders, won't be subject to challenges because, well, the losing team would probably always throw a flag.
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"We don't want our games to end on a review," said Rich McKay, chairman of the NFL competition committee and president of the Atlanta Falcons.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL adjusts replay review of pass interference, forcing coaches to challenge in final two minutes of half