Officiating Changes - too late for Giants

The NFL commish said the officating was "totally unacceptable" at the end of the NFC wild-card game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. Kudos to Tags, he backed up his words with some action!

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Tuesday the officiating errors made at the end of the NFC wild-card game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers were "totally unacceptable."

The commish said the league is already looking into ways to avoid a recurrence of the errors that prevented the Giants from attempting a potential game-winning 41-yard field goal in their 39-38 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

True to his words, the NFL has made some changes to the officals positions during field goal attempts to put them in better view of downfield action.

The league admitted Monday that the officiating crew failed to call a pass interference penalty against San Francisco on the final play of the game.

The new changes will see the seven field officials realigned so they can better see what happens in the event of a fake field goal or a botched attempt.

the new policy also calls for the field officials to confer on controversial game-deciding calls at the end of games instead of just the referee and the other officials who made the call.

The new policy will begin with this weekend's four playoff games.


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