Taking a Cue From the UFL: The NFL’s Overtime Rule

February 28, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s Super Bowl XLIV!  The Saints and the Colts.  Peyton vs. Brees.  And, of course, it is held in Miami (10th time ever).
Referee Scott Green flips the coin in the air; it's heads.  New Orleans wins the toss and elects to receive.
Then, methodically, Brees engineers (he’s from Purdue, after all) a six-play, 77-yard blitzkrieg of a drive capped off by a 38-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley.  Saints win the Super Bowl, a mere 2:13 into overtime; and Peyton Manning never touched the ball.
Imagine if that is how the Super Bowl ended.  Granted, it would have meant that Manning would have tied up the game rather than throwing the pick-six to Tracy Porter.
That likely would have meant an even more exciting game and, of course, the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
But an ending similar to the one described above would be anti-climatic.  It is like waiting for the controversial “Tebow ad,” only to see that it was cheesy more than anything (and fa...

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