A memo from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was sent to all league clubs, coaches and general managers detailing a rule change made for this postseason. It reads as follows:
Pursuant to my authority under Rule 3, Section 1 of the Official Playing Rules, the following adjustment will be made to Rule 15, Section 9 (Instant Replay) for all 2009 postseason games.
Time remaining on the Game Clock will be reviewable, but will be limited to situations in which time is deemed to have expired or not expired prior to, during or after the last play of the first or second half, or of an overtime half. Time shall be put back on or removed from the Game Clock if there has been an error in the operation of the Game Clock prior to, during or after the last play. At the conclusion of the first half, time will not be restored if the additional play would be a kickoff, but would be restored if a timing error takes away a significant opportunity for the offensive team to score.
At the conclusion of the second half or an overtime half, time shall be restored to the Game Clock if:
(a) It is a one-score game (eight points or less); and
(b) The additional play would be a kickoff by either team or a snap from scrimmage by the team that is behind in the score. The game would not be extended to create an additional play by the team that is ahead.
For a review, the official time on the Game Clock will be superimposed on the video replay.
This adjustment to Rule 15 will be in effect only through the conclusion of 2009 postseason games. It will be reviewed by the Competition Committee for a recommendation to the membership at the 2010 Annual Meeting.