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Seahawks were first team to challenge on a penalty in the end zone

Seattle Seahawks v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Seahawks 14-5. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll threw his challenge flag on Sunday in Tampa Bay, wanting the officials to rule that a Buccaneers holding penalty had taken place in the end zone rather than the field of play, you may have said, “I didn’t think a coach could challenge that.”

That’s because until Carroll did it on Sunday, no coach ever had.

The rule allowing coaches to challenge the spot of a penalty that would result in a safety in the end zone is a new rule this season, and no coach had ever used that challenge before. NFL Senior V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said in a video distributed to the media that Carroll rightly challenged the ruling on the field: The Buccaneers had committed holding in the end zone, and it should have been a safety, not half the distance to the goal line from the 1-yard line, which is what the officials ruled on the field.

“Seattle challenged the ruling which is new this year -- they can challenge the spot of a foul,” Blandino said. “That’s a good challenge, the first time we’ve had a review of this nature and certainly the first overturn to create a safety because of a foul occurring in the end zone. So that is a new rule this year. You can review the spot of a foul, and good use of the challenge in this situation.”

The NFL regularly adds new calls that can be challenged by the coaches. Eventually the NFL may just adopt the Bill Belichick proposal to allow everything to be challenged.