Overreacting to Overtime: Why the New Overtime Rules are Bad for the NFL

March 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Tuesday, the NFL ended a 50-year tradition by changing the playoff overtime rule.
The old rule declared sudden-death overtime.
The new one gives each team a possession unless a touchdown is scored.
While many support this change—I don't.
I mean, sure, the coin toss may have decided who represented the NFC in the Super Bowl this year, but is there really anything better in all of sports than watching sudden death?
Sudden death is when the intensity of the game is raised, and emotions run high. It's when the men are separated from the boys. Most of all, sudden death is when every fan's stomach drops the second the quarterback releases the ball.
You can argue that the coin toss decides the game, but that is not entirely true. The team that has won the coin toss in overtime has went on to win just 52 percent of the time.
Also, this new rule change completely takes away from the home-field advantage of teams like the Steelers and Packers. During s...

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