NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL will look into the inadvertent whistle rule that required officials to give the ball back to Denver in the final seconds of Sunday's game with San Diego.
League spokesman Greg Aiello says the NFL competition committee will look into the rule in the offseason, perhaps changing it as it did the "down by contact" rule.
The play occurred with the Broncos at the Chargers 1-yard-line in the final minute. Denver quarterback Jay Cutler dropped back to pass, the ball slipped out of his hands, bounced off the grass and into the arms of San Diego linebacker Tim Dobbins.
Referee Ed Hochuli ruled it an incomplete pass. Replay ruled it a fumble, but it was given to Denver because the whistle had blown.
Denver went on to score, convert a 2-point conversion and win 39-38.
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