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NFL may change OT rules for playoffs

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Associated Press
    2-27-2010

    INDIANAPOLIS -- An NFL spokesman said Saturday the league could change its overtime format for playoff games at a meeting next month.
    Under the new format, both teams would get the ball at least once unless the first team to get the ball scores a touchdown, Greg Aiello said. If the first team to get the ball makes a field goal and the other team ties the game, action would continue until a team scores again.
    Under the current rules, the first team to score wins.
    "There have been various concepts that have been discussed in recent years, but this one has never been proposed," Aiello said.
    The competition committee will discuss the new concept with teams and players at league meetings March 21-24 in Orlando, Fla., when it could come to a vote. At least two thirds of the teams would need to agree to the changes for new rules to be adopted.
    The competition committee met with the players' union and players on Thursday during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Discussion continued when the competition committee met with a general managers' advisory committee on Friday.
    The debate about the rules gained steam after the NFC championship game, when New Orleans beat Minnesota 31-28 in overtime and Brett Favre's Vikings never got the ball in the extra period. Under the proposed rule, Minnesota would have gotten another possession because the Vikings didn't allow a touchdown.
    Overtime was adopted for regular season games in 1974, a sudden-death format that allowed games to end in a tie if neither team scored in 15 minutes. Overtime for playoff games always has been sudden death.
     
  2. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Why not just make it have to be a td?
     
  3. Workplay

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  4. DenverBolt67

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    That is lame. Teams just need to stop whining if you lose the flip, and tell your defense to man up and stop the other team once
     
  5. sdbound

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    Agreed. The rule is fine the way it is. It is exciting and it is tradition. It seems the the only time you hear complaining about it is when a media favorite misses out but, when a media darling wins you hear nothing.

    For example, when San Diego beat Indy in the playoffs, *****, *****, *****. But when New England beat San Diego, silence.

    The AP article points out the Viking OT loss without an offensive series as proof of how unfair the overtime rules are, however they fail to mention that the Vikings turned over the ball 5 times during the game. Typical.

    Can you imagine how painful the media coverage would have been leading up to a Favre/Manning Super Bowl? It would have been an unbearable slobberfest. Peter King would have been even more unreadable.

    A couple more thoughts;

    The rule change is only being considered for playoff games. Why?

    Both teams would be guaranteed a possession unless the first team with the ball scores a touchdown. So, does this mean that the rule change is designed to motivate a team to play for a touchdown in overtime but to play it safe during the game?
     
  6. Scott the Rock

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    Sorry but your wrong. The coin toss is the stupidest thing in professional sports. If you lose the toss the usual reply is "then play good defense". Then why I ask does everyone (accept for that ridiculous ravens team years ago) chose the ball? How many games have we watched over the years that came down to someone winning the toss getting in field goal range and kicking the game winner. Its just plain stupid. I will even go out on a limb and say the XFL's version of who gets the ball was better. Remember? Each team picked their fastest guy. The ball was placed at the 50 yard line and a whistle was blown for the race to the ball?:icon_rofl: Even that BS was better than a stupid coin toss.
     
  7. Workplay

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    :yes: I even liked the idea of having a tug-o-war between the two teams. :icon_banana:
    Just remember what NFL stands for: No Fun League
     
  8. CoronaDoug

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    Kaeding says yes. :icon_tease:
     
  9. ShockTheWorld

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    OT is great the way it is. It makes it more compelling and intense.

    Colin Cowherd chipped in on this a while back, he proposed that the away team get the ball at the start of OT because the home team has the crowd advantage the entire game.

    I would say keep it the way it is. The two games that come to mind are the Vikings v Saints this last year and also Chargers versus Culties a couple years back. Both teams that lost those games missed opportunities throughout the game, so it went to OT.

    The Chargers fumbled on the one yard line in that game with Sproles, and Rivers also threw a pick in the endzone that could have been converted into points. I just can't buy we need to change the OT rules because teams can't finish the game in regulation. If SD would have lost in OT, they would have deserved to lose (thank goodness they didnt lose, hehe).

    I would be more supportive if we just add another quarter to the game, baseball adds an inning to their games....hehe:lol:
     
  10. Workplay

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    How about a 10-minute overtime period. When the clock runs out, game over.
     
  11. paddyirishman

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    I like OT as it is.

    In the XFL, didnt some player get injured on the opening scamble in the very first game and then missed the rest of the season.Poor bloke
     
  12. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    They should just put playoff games back to the way it used to be. A new quarter starts after regulation and you play till someone wins.
    I never liked the change to sudden death, this is pro ball not high school or college. Fans pay extra to go to theses games and should get what they pay for, not some abbreviated poker hand where the winner takes all.
     
  13. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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