Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 2/23/12
File this under the Better-Late-Than-Never category… A few weeks after the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the Giants, the NFL is considering adjusting its penalty for 12 men on the field after the G-Men forced the Patriots to burn valuable time late in the game. This is according to Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole. You know what happened. With 17 seconds left, QB Tom Brady threw deep to TE Aaron Hernandez, and it was incomplete. But the Giants had 12 men on the field, so they re-played the down… but the Patriots didn’t get the eight seconds back. They got just two more plays. Meanwhile, the Giants defended the play with 12 men and actually benefited. As Pro Football Talk explains, it would be tough to police. But teams are aware of this loophole now, forcing opponents to burn time late, so the NFL must step in. The Competition Committee may be looking at this one. Not that it will make the Patriots feel better…
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