The Saints finally get their vindication.
The NFL approved a new rule on Tuesday to expand replay review to cover offensive and defensive pass interference, which will apply to both calls and non-calls.
The reviews will be initiated by a coaches’ challenge with the exception of the last two minutes of the half or game, in which a replay official will initiate the process.
Clubs voted to expand replay review to cover offensive and defensive pass interference. The change will be evaluated after one year. Reviews to be initiated by coaches’ challenge unless in the last 2 mins of the half or game (initiated in NY) pic.twitter.com/odMNnb3V69
– NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) March 27, 2019
Owners overwhelmingly voted in favor of the change with a 31-1 vote, with the one vote against it being the Cincinnati Bengals.
NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the eight-man committee was originally split 4-4 on the measure until last night.
“People compromised on long-held views because people wanted to get it right,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference after the vote.
The rule change will be re-evaluated after one year.
The issue came into play after the NFC Championship Game when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman blatantly interfered with now-former Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the final two minutes of the game.