Did anyone else catch the fact that the refs were not stopping the clock when the Niners ran out of bounds? Is this a new rule where stepping out of bounds no longer stops the clock? It seems the Niners were robbed of up to a minute and possibly more by bad referee clock management.
It wasn't situations where a player was forced out of bounds. It was Kaep and VD running out of bounds deliberately. So unless a rule changed that I was aware of (possible) the refs owed the Niners some time and that could have been a difference in the game. Bad officiating and bad Special teams play. Kaep would have had MVP as he outshines Flacco easily. go Niners!!
With the exception of the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half, the game clock will be restarted following a kickoff return, a player going out of bounds on a play from scrimmage, or after declined penalties when appropriate on the referee's signal.
When not within the last two minutes of the first half / last five minutes of the second half, I believe the clock stops TEMPORARILY, until the ref positions the ball at the new line of scrimmage (at which point the play clock begins counting down).
[ Edited by theduke85 on Feb 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM ]
According to the NFL Rule Book, the clock is re-started once the officials spot the ball at the appropriate yard line on the field except during the last two minutes of the first half or the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. During these times the clock doesn't start again until the next snap. The offense must run the play before the play clock runs to zero, however.
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