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The NFL's competition committee will meet in the offseason to discuss whether fumbles can be reviewed according to NBC Sports.

The committee will meet after the San Francisco 49ers were denied a turnover in the second half of their NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks. During the play, Seahawks' Jermain Kearse fumbled the ball which was recovered by 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Bowman's knee was then pinned under a number of players and the officials deemed incorrectly that the Seahawks had recovered the ball.

Bowman left the game with a knee injury, later deemed to be a torn ACL. On the next play of the game, Marshawn Lynch fumbled again for the Seahawks and the 49ers were awarded a turnover of possession. 

Under current rules, fumble recoveries are not reviewable unless they involve a sideline or the endzone and because the play took place in open play, the 49ers were unable to challenge despite good video evidence.

The NFL officials can already review scoring plays, instances where runners may or may not have gone out of bounds and most passing plays.

The San Francisco 49ers website confirmed that Bowman did have a torn ACL and left the locker room on crutches. There is no timetable for his recovery.

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