The NFL Competition Committee is considering a rule change for 2017 that would eliminate the possibility of teams unfairly manipulating the game clock.
According to ESPN, the league would make illegal the controversial strategy used by the Ravens to beat the Bengals in their Week 12 game last season, in which Baltimore took advantage of the rules to keep Cincinnati from getting the ball late in the game.
The Ravens— leading 19-12 with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter — had most of their special teams playersblatantly hold defenders while punter Sam Koch ran out the clock and endthe game on a safety. Since the penalties were committed by the offense, the game ended without Cincinnati getting a chance at a potential game-winning return or offensive play.
Under the proposed rule change, such a play would result in a15-yard penalty on the offense and the clock would be reset to the time the play began.