The Littlest Soapbox

April 20, 2010

NFL Institutes Overtime Change Rule

Filed under: Sports — mikecgannon @ 11:42 PM

Update: As Conor points out below, this rules change will only go into effect during the 2010 season for the playoffs, with presumably expanded coverage in following years.

Thanks to Conor over at Reasonably Certain for bringing this to my attention: the NFL has changed the rules for overtime. Now, only a touchdown automatically wins the game. If you kick a field goal, the other team gets the ball back for a full possession.

Needless to say, this will drastically alter overtime game strategy, removing the incentive for teams to just play for the field goal and encourage a more aggressive play-calling strategy. Both of which will make for more exciting football and climatic finishes. They have a word for this: Genius.

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1 Comment »

  1. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my post over on Reasonably Certain. For the 2010 season, this change will only occur during the playoffs. They are implementing it piecewise. Hopefully by 2011 or 2012 they will have it for every game.

    Comment by Conor — April 21, 2010 @ 12:00 AM | Reply


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