Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Roger Goodell could propose changes to the challenge rule on automatic reviews soon. (Credit: Associated Press/Elise Amendola) The football world was shaken by Jim Schwartz’s challenge fiasco in the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Houston Texans. Schwartz threw his challenge flag to review a Justin Forsett run that went for a touchdown when Forsett was clearly down long before he reached the endzone. Unfortunately for Schwartz, he negated the automatic review of a scoring play by throwing the challenge flag and the touchdown stood. That score ended up being a huge difference maker in the game, as the Texans went on to win the game 34-31 in overtime. The call enraged countless fans of the Texans and football fans everywhere. As ludicrous as the play was, the referees made the right call based on the rules they are meant to enforce. But according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk, commissioner Roger Goodell says that the league will look into changing the rule as soon as possible, and that means changes could be enforced for the playoffs. “I don’t expect it before the end of the regular season,” Goodell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “We may evaluate it as it relates to the postseason. But it certainly will get consideration by the competition committee in the off-season.” While another coach would have to be extremely bone-headed to actually make this mistake again, it could still happen. As such, it might not be a bad idea to change the rule as soon as possible. Goodell seems insistent on taking all the appropriate actions to make a sound decision, as he should be. “When we make any rule changes it’s important to look at the unintended consequences of those rules,” Goodell said. “That’s why the competition committee spends weeks evaluating and trying to evaluate will it have an impact on the game that we’re not anticipating. “We’re going to look at everything, but we’re definitely not changing it for the regular season.” With the changes in the review process of every scoring play and every turnover, rules such as the one that afflicted Schwartz on Thanksgiving have to be taken into consideration for change. Given the large amount of attention that the play has received, don’t be surprised if the rule is revised sooner rather than later. Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Columnist - Joe Ray @jpray_SKThe post Roger Goodell could change challenge rule for playoffs appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Insider information suspected on National Anthem betting

Giants co-owner Ann Mara dies at age 85

Pats-Seahawks tickets most expensive in S.B. history

Report: Seahawks offer Lynch a huge contract

Super Bowl matchup of low round QBs a rarity


Reporter who broke Deflategate story receiving death threats

Sherman not expecting baby on Super Bowl Sunday

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Report: Jets, Bills expected to pursue Darrelle Revis

Falcons being investigated for fake crowd noise

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Marshawn Lynch rocks gold cleats during pregame

Earl Thomas did not like ‘Legion of Boom’ nickname at first

WATCH: Kevin Love booed by fans in return to Minnesota

WATCH: Gregg Popovich gets nailed in head with a shot

Tom Brady sounds fired up for Super Bowl

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seahawks make Lynch a huge offer?

Super Bowl matchup of low-round QBs a rarity

Kevin Love booed in Minnesota return

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.