NFL approves overtime rule change
The NFL approved a new overtime rule at owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Florida.
The new rules state that if a playoff game goes into overtime, both teams will now have the opportunity to own the ball. If the game remains tied after each team has possession, sudden death rules apply and the next score will win the game.
Additionally, if the kicking team scores a safety on the receiving team’s first possession, the kicking team will be declared the winner.
For now, the new rule change only applies to the playoffs. Regular season overtime rules remain the same.
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According to Adam Schefter, over the past 10 years, the team that won the playoff overtime toss has gone 10-2. Seven playoff overtime wins have come on the first possession.
The original proposal was submitted by both the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. They both wanted the overtime rules to be enforced all season, but that will have to wait.
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