The NFL is in the midst of a significant shift in officiating.
As the league continues to experiment with new systems, the game is seeing more of its games changed in the process.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest changes from the NFL in 2017.2017 NFL officiating Changes: 2017 NFL season officiating changes in the NFL 2017: Ascending officiating A.J. Hawk and Bill Vinovich are the only players to start the season with at least a 3-point conversion this season.
Hawk, a former NFL offensive lineman, was the first NFL official to convert from 3-yard line to 50-50 in 2016, which was the highest conversion in NFL history.
A few other NFL officials also converted at 50-49 and 51-50, including Dan Fouts in 1999, Ron Wolf in 2010, and Ken Anderson in 2014.
More than one NFL official converted from 50-53 or more points in the same game last season, including Vinovich, who had the longest field goal attempt in NFL annals with 50.
The NFL announced in December that officials will start converting at 50 or 50-47 in 2018, a jump from 49-48 in 2017 and 48-47 last season.
Fitzpatrick’s long field goal streak The longest field goals allowed by an NFL official in a single game since 1980 (the NFL’s longest field-goal streak was 45 seconds) is now tied with Tom Brady for the NFL record.
It was also the longest streak in NFL football last season and tied for the fourth-longest in NFL playoff history.
A new rule has made it easier for NFL officials to convert the ball into a positive possession.
Previously, officials could only convert a ball at the line of scrimmage into a possession if the player on the line was inside the 15-yard-line.
The new rule allows officials to continue to make the conversion if the ball was in the air or if the defense was in front of the quarterback.
The rule also allows officials who have already converted to convert a possession from the sideline or the 1-yard side of the end zone instead of the sideline.
Clemens’ touchdown celebration A rule that would have made the touchdown celebration more difficult to complete, a requirement in the modern NFL, has been removed.
Previously it was not permitted if a player received a first down on the game-winning drive.
In the future, officials can no longer take a player down before a touchdown unless the play is over and the clock is winding down.
Brett Favre’s last touchdown reception Favre had his final touchdown reception of the season in the final minute of the first half of Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.
In the preseason, NFL officiants made three changes to the officiating system that are now in place in the regular season: 1) The officials will not allow a field goal or field goal conversion unless the ball is in play on the 20-yard Line of Scrimmage and if the score is tied or the game has not been decided.
2) Officials will no longer call the field goal when a player is on the ground after making a tackle.
3) The touchdown celebration will no more be allowed after a defensive pass interference penalty.
Vinovich’s touchdown reception It’s been more than three years since Vinovich converted a field- goal, a mark that still stands as the NFL has the highest total in NFL postseason history.
Vinovich made the conversion in the third quarter of the New England Patriots’ game against the New York Giants last season with 1:24 left.
He also converted a 53-yard field goal in the Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers in 2017, which set the record for longest field of the game.
Eli Manning’s interception of Favre in the AFC Championship game Vinovich’s interception came in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, when the Giants were up 23-3 and leading 21-3.
Vinich intercepted a pass intended for Eli Manning on the first play of the second quarter and intercepted the pass with 1.2 seconds left in the game to put the Patriots up 17-10.
Kicker Greg Gumbel’s last kick in the playoffs Greg Gumbs missed the last kickoff in the playoff series against the Indianapolis Colts, when Gumbels kick was intercepted by Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter.
The officials ruled the kick to be a touchback.
It was the third-longstest play in NFL Playoff history, and the longest in NFL Super Bowl history.
The longest play in a Super Bowl, however, was a 28-yard kick from Troy Polamalu against the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1999 AFC Championship Game.
It had been a long time since a kickoff had been intercepted by an official.
Niners kicker Nick Novak’s kick of his own in Super Bowl LI In the third and final