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NFL outlaws tactic used by Patriots in AFC playoff win over Ravens
NFL outlaws tactic used by Patriots in AFC playoff win over Ravens

Will it be known as the Ravens rule? An NFL competition committee proposal to “make it illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation” got the necessary 75 percent approval from team owners during the final day of the league meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort. That means a tactic the New England Patriots used in their comeback, 35-31, victory over the Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game in January will be penalized going forward. “That player had an eligible number and he was lined up outside of the tackle box,” said Rich McKay, the co-chairman of the competition...

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