The NFL’s New Overtime Rule Doesn’t Solve the Overtime Problem

March 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

By a vote of 28-4 at the National Football League's Annual Meeting yesterday, a new playoff overtime rule was approved that goes something like this: If a team wins the coin toss in OT and proceeds to kick a field goal, the other team gets the ball with a chance to answer that score. If the game becomes tied again after that next series, play will continue under the current sudden death rules (first team to score wins). Should the team winning the coin toss immediately score a touchdown—game over.
OK, so this is at least an improvement on the current sudden death format where the luck of the coin toss favors roughly 60/40. And it makes the game more competitive and interesting. But here are a couple thoughts:
1.) If this is going to be a rule change, why not make the same rule standard practice in the regular season as well as the playoffs? I don't like separate rules for the playoffs.
2.) Better yet, just let the teams "play football." In other words, play a full ...

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