The so-called NaVorro Bowman rule that allows for loose-ball scrambles to be reviewed by officials was passed at the NFL owners meetings Wednesday.
Bowman's name got attached to the proposal as a result of a play in the NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks in January, when the 49ers inside linebacker recovered a fumble near the Seahawks goal line in the process of suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Replays clearly showed that Bowman had possession of the ball and that he was down by contact. However, a Seahawks player wrestled the ball from Bowman as Bowman writhed in pain, and officials allowed the Seahawks to keep possession.
The 49ers were not allowed to challenge the call. Under the new rule, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his coaching peers will be able to challenge such fumble recoveries contested during chaotic scrambles.