The Los Angeles Rams got what they wanted.
During the 2020 season, Tom Brady did something that is rarely seen during a game when he caught his own pass and then completed it again soon afterwards. It was a moment that put the Los Angeles Rams in a tough spot, so they wanted to make sure no one else ever gets stuck in the situation that they found themselves in last November.
The owners have agreed to change that rule now.
“The NFL’s 32 owners held a virtual meeting on Wednesday and during that meeting they approved several rule changes for the 2021 season. Not only did they approve a rule that Brady hates, but they also closed a loophole in the rulebook that was exploited by Brady during the 2020 season.”
During a third-and-10 play for the Buccaneers last year, a pass thrown by Brady was batted back to him and he responded by throwing another pass, which ended up being an 8-yard completion to Mike Evans.
A flag was thrown, but the Rams were left with terrible options. If they accepted the penalty, Brady and the Bucs would get to come back on the field for a third-and-15. If they declined the penalty, the second pass would actually count and the Buccaneers would be facing a fourth-and-2.
No team will be faced with anything like that ever again.