NFL Overtime Rule Changed: Good Decision?

March 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Today, the NFL owners met and voted 28-4 in favor of a change to a rule in playoff overtime.
The rule change states that from now on, the team who loses the overtime coin flip will be given an opportunity to still win the game, even if the opposing team scores a field goal.   
Some aspects of the old system were kept intact. If both teams manage to score field goals, then the winner will be decided in sudden death, as it was before.
This change, hopefully, will prevent another Minnesota Vikings— New Orleans NFC Championship Game. To remind you of the corrupt overtime system, let’s reminisce on how the fate of the game was decided.
The Saints were fortunate, won the toss, and were never forced to give the Vikings the ball or a mere chance to prove that they were the better team and deserved to go to the Super Bowl.
A 40 yard kickoff return and two defensive penalties later, Garrett Hartley kicked a field goal that sent his franchise to the...

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