Pass interference now reviewable by NFL officials
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Kevin SeifertNFL Nation
Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008
PHOENIX — NFL owners approved a massive philosophical expansion of the league’s replay review system Tuesday, bowing to pressure from coaches and fans who were outraged by a missed pass interference call late in January’s NFC Championship Game.
For at least the 2019 season, pass interference — both offensive and defensive — will be reviewable. They are the first penalties in the history of the league’s replay system to be added to the list of approved reviews. And for the first time, coaches will be able to challenge non-calls for pass interference.
The replay booth, in conjunction with the league’s officiating office in New York, will initiate those challenges in the final two minutes of each half. Coaches will still be limited to two challenges per game, with a third awarded if they are successful on the first two.
Talks between the NFL and its players union on a new collective bargaining agreement are expected to begin in early to mid-April, Giants owner John Mara said Tuesday.