Sign of the Apocalypse: NFL Overtime Rules Change

By: Joe D.

Rumors of overtime rules changing have been wide spread.  The impetus for the change has been attributed to Brett Favre not having an opportunity to touch the ball in the 2009 NFC Championship game.  This won’t add to Favre’s narcissism.

As recently as yesterday, discussions regarding changes in overtime were to be tabled until May.  First healthcare reform, now this.  I guess it is time to start the countdown to 2012.

Regular season games will be unaffected; however, postseason games will be subject to the new rule:

If a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball.

If the game is still tied after that, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. Should the team winning the toss immediately score a touchdown, then the game is over.

I’m in favor of the new rule; coaches will have to play for touchdowns to end the game outright.  Offenses receiving the ball 2nd will play all four downs to get the first down, giving them a substantial advantage early in their drive.

Considering the above, it may now be more beneficial to kick in overtime than receive.

Topics: Favre, NFL, Overtime

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