NFL Finalizes Pass Interference Rule For 2019
Originally proposed in March, and despite many options and tweaks, the NFL has finalized it's new rule for reviewing pass interference calls.
The rule will cover the 2019 season, after which owners will decide whether to extend, tweak or eliminate it for 2020.
After the pass interference "no call" in the NFC Championship game between the Saints and the Rams, many called upon revising the possibility of reviewing pass interference.
As a result, coaches will be able to challenge pass interference calls or no-calls up until the two-minute warning of either half. In the final two minutes of each half and in overtime, on-site replay officials will be responsible for stopping the game to review pass interference, as they are for all other reviewable plays. The committee had concerns about stoppage during the game and use/strategy of timeouts- challenges can only be made if the team has a timeout. Replay officials have been instructed to use a "stricter criteria" for stopping the game to review pass interference.