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Report: Pass interference replay will not be extended

The NFL’s trial run of pass interference replay has apparently ended, as it will not be extended in 2020 per report.

Benardrick McKinney #55 of the Houston Texans argues a pass interference call with field judge Brad Freeman #88 during the second quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images

If you paid any attention to the NFL last season, you were probably angered at some point by pass interference that didn’t get called and then went to the booth and still didn’t get called after review. Well, reviews on pass interference appear to be over, as NFL.com’s Judy Battista reports on Twitter.

The new pass interference review rule was implemented after the New Orleans Saints were robbed on an obvious no-call in the playoffs two seasons ago when Nickell Robey-Coleman took Tommylee Lewis out before the ball got to him on a 3rd-and-10 play in a tie game with under two minutes remaining.

The NFL did a trial run of the rule in 2019, but gave it no teeth, as the league office wanted to overturn only the most egregious offenses — which in turn made replay useless and incorrect. Maybe the rule would have worked out if the NFL would have followed their own rules for pass interference when watching.

I guess we’ll never know if pass interference replay would work if it was enforced, but no replay is better than whatever that was in 2019. But, don’t worry, there will be plenty to complain about in 2020, if we get football at all.