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Football Fans Are Freaking Out At The NFL's New Rule That Debuted Last Night

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NFL is back! On Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Chicago Bears by a final score of 17-16 in the Hall of Fame Game.

With the preseason officially underway, the NFL debuted a new rule that will be instituted to the game this season. Much like college football's "targeting rule" the new NFL rule was highly controversial in its first game.

Of course, there will be growing pains as referees try to police the game differently. However, if Thursday night was any indication, NFL fans won't be happy with the new policy.

Here is a play that was flagged as per the new rule.

The Bears' defender does not lead with the crown of his helmet and hits the offensive player with his shoulder. Referees are attempting to take vicious hits to the head out of the game, but that's not what happened here.

The new rule will take some figuring out - which is sure to cause angst among players and fans.