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The Phil Dawson Rule

Back Story: Phil Dawson is one of the final players remaining from the 90s era. Over fifteen seasons later, he’s still going at it with the San Francisco 49ers. However, the ‘Dawson Rule’ comes from a game against the Baltimore Ravens on November 18, 2007. Dawson booted a 51-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the game that was ruled ‘no good’ on first look. The ball would hit the left upright, proceed to hit the inside stanchion, and bounce back over the crossbar to land in the end zone. Upon further review, the officiating crew headed by referee Pete Morelli deemed it good after discussion. Instant replay. Who needs that!? The Browns would go on to win in overtime 33-30. Dawson would have a similar incident against the Buffalo Bills on December 16, when the ball hit the same center stanchion.

The Rule: In 2008, the league would pass a rule change that would allow field goal and extra points that hit the crossbar or uprights to be reviewed.