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New replay rule shows up in Patriots game

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Brian Hoyer led the Patriots on successive touchdown drives in the first half of Thursday’s preseason game against the Jaguars.

Both scores were reviewed, but there weren’t any challenges used.

For those who stayed away from PFT this offseason, there is a new rule this year where a replay assistant from the NFL can ask for any scoring play to be reviewed.  (Just like in the final two minutes of a game.)

We know there is confusion regarding the rule  because the CBS crew on the game said every scoring play is reviewed regardless.  (It’s only when the assistant says it’s necessary.)

Both scores were very close and worth looking at again.  Stevan Ridley, New England’s hard-charging rookie running back, ran over Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith to just get over the goal line on the first touchdown.  Ridley made an impressive run to the outside earlier in the drive.

Patriots wideout Taylor Price barely got his feet down with possession of the ball on the second touchdown, an 11-yard score.

Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has looked very sharp thus far.  The Patriots lead 16-9 in the second quarter.

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18 Responses to “New replay rule shows up in Patriots game”
  1. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:49 PM

    Oh, its a replay assistant? The announcers for this preseason game have been saying EVERY score is reviewed, and I thought that was an awful rule. This makes more sense

  2. conseannery says: Aug 11, 2011 8:50 PM

    If Hoyer played for the Eagles, some desperate front office would be on the phone now offering a second rounder and starter for him.

  3. evpimp says: Aug 11, 2011 8:51 PM

    All I want is the right call. Tho I dont want to have to watch an extra hour of football because they do this every TD….

  4. ken0west says: Aug 11, 2011 8:51 PM

    Fat Tolbert also had his TD reviewed in the SD game.

  5. damnyoulinelliot says: Aug 11, 2011 8:57 PM

    Hm. That arm motion that Hoyer is making is a little too reminiscent of Brady in the Tuck Rule Game. Now I know that wasn’t a scoring play, but makes you wonder about replay in football from now on.

  6. ryanmallettsbluntwrap says: Aug 11, 2011 8:57 PM

    taylor price had a nasty catch , he will be playing alot of snaps this year with his speed and good route running abilities.

  7. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 11, 2011 9:04 PM

    This Taylor Price has very good hands.

  8. mempusa says: Aug 11, 2011 9:06 PM

    Whew! Memp!

  9. kairn42 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:00 PM

    Well, the way I understand it, the announcers are mostly correct. The refs apparently have a pager/signaler on them and a replay assistant up in the booth will re-look at every scoring play and then alert the refs either “review” or “confirmed”. Obviously, if someone breaks open and goes in uncontested the communication will be quick and easy so only the dicey calls should matter.

  10. socojava says: Aug 11, 2011 10:32 PM

    Pretty sure this happened in the Eagles/Ravens game when an incomplete pass from QB Mike Kafka was ruled a fumble and ran the other way for a score. It was overturned.

  11. lgm717 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:37 PM

    I agree with kairn42. I think the way it works is that the replay assisstant is looking at every scoring play in the booth. If it is something that is a no doubter they just go on with play. But if it’s a play that is close or could be worth another look, they signal down and and the officials on the field then stop play and review it. In essence every scoring play is being “reviewed”, but it’s by the replay assisstant in the booth and not by the officials on the field.

  12. neer music says: Aug 11, 2011 11:11 PM

    i could see this becoming a huge momentum killer late in some games..

  13. polegojim says: Aug 11, 2011 11:15 PM

    Replay and review all you want.

    Bottom line: Patriots 47 Jaguars 12 – Jags starters against Pats second/third string even in first half.

  14. belicheckyoself says: Aug 11, 2011 11:31 PM

    I liked the gamesmanship surrounding the old rule, but this is probably for the best.

    When was the last time the Pats had 4 rushing td’s in a game? Just for trivia?

  15. mjs34 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:35 AM

    Pats are grooming a couple stud QBs

  16. akulabug says: Aug 12, 2011 7:13 AM

    The booth guys are right. They are all reviewed just not all will go under the hood. Just because the game is not stopped does not mean it was not looked at by the assistant.

  17. bucfandango says: Aug 12, 2011 8:00 AM

    Is there a new Replay Czar to oversee all of the replayers, and have they started a new Replayers Union?

  18. bleedgreen says: Aug 12, 2011 8:20 AM

    This means that, by default, ALL “close” plays should be called a TD and then reviewed, rather than called not TDs and forcing a coach to challenge. In the Philly/Balt game, there was a close play in the end zone that was called not a touch down, but Reid had to throw the challenge flag to get it looked at.

    Isn’t the point of reviewing every single one to prevent coaches from having to do that? Just like they’re by default not supposed to blow the whistle on a fumble/non-fumble play, they should be calling these TDs immediately and then following up to make sure.

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