The NFL's competition committee will propose a rules change at next week's owners meeting in Orlando that would address a situation involving Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams at the end of the first half of last year's Giants-Cowboys game at Giants Stadium.
After a failed Cowboys field goal attempt, Adams shoved Giants defensive end Justin Tuck from behind near the sidelines on the final play of the first half, setting off a melee involving several players (pictured). Adams was flagged for a personal foul, but because the play occurred on the final play of the first half, there was no penalty yardage assessed.
Under the current proposal, any time a player draws a personal foul on the final play of the second quarter or the fourth quarter (if the game goes into overtime), a 15-yard penalty will be assessed on the kickoff. If the foul occurs at the end of the second quarter, the penalty yardage would be assessed on the opening kickoff of the third quarter. If the foul occurs with no time remaining in the fourth quarter, the penalty yardage would be assessed on the opening kickoff of overtime.
Tuck, who suffered a shoulder injury after being tripped by Adams when the teams met in the regular season opener in Dallas, lit into Adams after the Giants' 31-24 win at Giants Stadium.
"It takes a coward, and some words I can't say, to push a guy in the back when the play is dead," Tuck said. "It just proves what kind of dirtbag he is."
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin expressed dismay that the penalty was essentially a moot point because no yardage was assessed against the Cowboys because the play occurred after time had expired in the first half. Coughlin urged a new rule be passed to address future incidents.