NFL Playoff Overtime Rule Changes: Stop the Insanity

March 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A few weeks ago, we explained why it would be a big mistake for the NFL to adopt the goofy proposed overtime rule changes. We didn’t think the proposal would actually pass—certainly the NFL brass would consider it carefully, reject it, and come up with a better solution, right?
Today, it was announced that the changes have been approved by the owners and will be put in place for next year’s NFL playoffs. This is so disturbing and tragic that we will not be able to live with ourselves unless we put our opposition on the record one last time.  
Here’s the NFL’s solution: In overtime, the kicking team will get the ball at least once—unless the receiving team scores a touchdown, in which case, the game would be over.
If the receiving team kicks a field goal, the other team will (1) win if it responds with a TD, (2) force sudden death with its own FG, or (3) lose if it fails to score.

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