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Expect more illegal contact penalties in 2004

Originally Published: March 27, 2004
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The last five minutes of the 2003 AFC championship game apparently made a lasting impression on the NFL competition committee.

Peyton Manning's futile attempt get the ball to receivers while being suffocated by New England defenders caused Indianapolis coaches to scream that the coverage was illegal. And, it seems, the league listened.

So much so that the influential committee, which sets the tone for on-field rules changes in the league, has decided to do something about all the excessive ...

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