NFL OK’s Patriots’ bid to extend goalposts

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Only one of Bill Belichick’s four rules proposals ultimately passed on Wednesday before the NFL wrapped up its owners meetings. But the Patriots coach accomplished his mission by getting the conversation started on a few things he would like to see changed.

His one proposal that was passed by a vote of the league’s 32 owners: increasing the height of the goalposts by 5 feet to help officials make an easier determination on whether a field goal is good or wide.

Only two other rule changes out of 14 proposed were approved: allowing officials to review the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play, and keeping the game clock running after a quarterback sack outside of two minutes.

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