The Patriots lined up running back Shane Vereen as a slot receiver, but declared him as an ineligible receiver. On the same play, they threw a touchdown to tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.
The rule change, which was proposed by the Ravens, allows a player wearing an eligible offensive number (1-49, 80-89) to be declared ineligible, but requires that he line up within the tackle box.
If the rule is broken, the offensive team will receive a five-yard penalty.
After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh criticized the Patriots for being "clearly deceptive" with their substitutions.
- Paul Palladino