In close game situations in the NFL, if for example the opposing quarterback completes a pass to one of their receivers, can you challenge the ruling on the field with no timeout? This is questionable, as you can call a timeout and then the officials will review that play. Also, you lose a timeout when you call a challenge, so why wouldn't coaches always challenge outside the 2 minute mark if you did not have a timeout to lose (assuming that the challenging team has a coach's challenge left)
A challenge with no timeouts left is not possible. And it will cost the team 15 yards, if the coach tries to do so.
A team may not challenge a reviewable play:
- after the two-minute warning of each half;
- throughout any overtime period;
- after committing a foul that delays the next snap; and
- after exhausting all of its challenges or timeouts.
Trying to challenge a call without permission is penalized as follows:
If a team initiates a challenge when it is not permitted to do so, it will be charged a timeout.
For initiating a challenge when a team has exhausted its timeouts: Loss of 15 yards.