NFL is the most popular sport in America, and a common line of questioning from fans is "Can you challenge a flag in the NFL?" This article will clear up any confusion about challenges.
What is a Flag
In the NFL, a flag is a penalty that is called against a player or team for violating the rules of the game. Flags are thrown by officials when they witness a infraction, and are usually accompanied by a verbal warning to the offending player or team. The most common penalties that result in a flag being thrown are personal fouls, such as roughing the passer or unnecessary roughness. Other penalties that can lead to a flag being thrown include unsportsmanlike conduct, pass interference, and holding.
When Can A Flag Be Challenged
In the NFL, a flag can be challenged if there is clear and obvious evidence that the call on the field was incorrect. If the challenge is successful, the call on the field will be reversed.
Who Can Challenge a Flag?
In the NFL, a coach can challenge a flag that is thrown by the officials. In the case of a successful challenge, the call on the field is overturned and no timeout is assessed. In the case of a failed challenge, the team loses a timeout. Inside two minutes at the end of each half, plays cannot be challenged while reviews will be initiated by officials; if a coach challenges but has no timeouts, then the team is assessed a 15-yard penalty.
All in all, flag challenging is a tool that can be used to help teams in the NFL, but it isn't without its risks. A team's coach has to be sure to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making the decision.