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A warning (including an official stoppage of the play clock that functions as a time-out for both teams, but isn't charged to them) is given by the officials with 2 minutes remaining in both halves of a football game. If a play is currently running at the 2-minute mark, the clock stops as soon as the play is complete. Back before big electronic scoreboards, the only official game time was kept by the officiating crew. Since the coaches didn't know how much time remained in a half, the refs would stop the clock and inform them. Since then, it's been a holdover and a perfect excuse for the networks to break away to another three commercials.

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