During last year’s NFC Divisional round match-up between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals, there was a controversial event before overtime began. It had to do with the coin toss and has caused the NFL to lay down a new ruling for the 2016 season.
In that game, referee Clete Blakeman decided to re-flip the coin ahead of the overtime quarter because it failed to actually flip. Former head of officiating Mike Pereira reported that the new NFL rule mandates that coin must actually flip on a coin toss from here on out.
Coin toss..If the coin does not turn over in the air or is compromised in any way, the ref is to toss it again. Captain's choice stands.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) June 8, 2016
In the game, the Cardinals won both coin tosses and moved on to win the game on their first drive.
However, that didn’t stop Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from complaining as he said after the game that he should have been allowed to re-call on the flip, but the new rule mandates that the visiting captain’s call stands.
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