Rams’ proposal to change double-pass rule approved by NFL owners

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Cameron DaSilva
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None other than Tom Brady burned the Rams last season with a bizarre double-pass after he caught his own deflected throw that and then completed it to Mike Evans. The pass to Evans went for an 8-yard gain, and because the Rams declined the penalty for an illegal forward pass, the 8-yard completion stood.

It was a bizarre loophole inadvertently exploited by the Bucs, but the Rams successfully closed it. NFL owners voted to pass the Rams’ proposal to add a loss of down for a second forward pass behind the line of scrimmage.

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In the case of Brady’s pass, the Bucs would’ve had third-and-15 if the Rams accepted the penalty, giving them another chance to pick up the first. Now with this rule change, it would’ve put the Bucs in fourth-and-15 if the Rams accepted the penalty.

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The Rams still beat the Bucs despite Brady’s weird double-pass, so it didn’t come back to bite them. But they still wanted to prevent a play like that from happening in the future – and who could argue with it?