This Day in Football: The First Instant Replay

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On this date in football twenty-six years ago, the Cleveland Browns became the first team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay.  Since coaches were not able to protest a call on the field, referees had the ultimate decision to initiate replay reviews.  When “challenges” were implemented by the NFL in 1999, coaches were given the ability to demand for an instant replay review of a call that could either make or break a game.

Here’s a look back at the first instant replay, included in NFL Films highlights of the 1986 Week 1 matchup between the Browns and Bears.

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