“We think it`s a significant change, especially for teams that are in an overtime situation and a long overtime situation that may have to come back and play on a Thursday night, so that`s another positive change,” Goodell said by NFL.com. Therefore, the Chiefs made a proposal to allow both teams to own the ball in the playoffs. They also called for eliminating the overtime draw and relying only on the one at the beginning of the regulation to decide who can choose, kick, receive or which side to defend. You should eliminate the draw. Whichever team scored in the last regulation period to finish the game, they should be sent off. This would result in less overtime. Often, a team that generates revenue will not opt for TD, but will simply keep it. Imagine if a team could tie with an extra point, and there were 10 seconds left, but they knew they had to, they could put the finish line and go for 2. The only time you have to toss a coin is when it`s 0-0 after settlement. Of course, there are far fewer injuries in baseball, and one of the main reasons the NFL doesn`t play a full 15-minute overtime is that longer games inevitably increase the risk of injury to already exhausted players. But by not giving both teams an equal chance at winning, the league devalues all the physical sacrifices its players make on the grid.
So, can the NFL learn anything from fans? While college football`s overtime format may be fairer than the pros`, it`s absurd in other ways. In many ways, the setup feels like a game that kids play during recess. Without a kickoff, each team receives the ball at the opposing line of 25 yards, which means that a team is already within range of field goal without moving an inch. Teams take turns toward the end zone until one team scores more points than the other in an individual possession or period (to try to get things done, teams have to make a riskier two-point conversion after each touchdown in the third period). If the second team, after the first team has scored a field goal, loses possession by interception or fumble, the game continues until its end. For example, the first team can return the ball for a touchdown and win by nine points. Or the first team can lose possession in the second leg, the second team can get the ball back and the second team can return it for a touchdown and win the game. Once kick-off, the attack takes control of the pitch and tries to score a goal. If the offense scores a field goal (three points) or doesn`t hit at all, the other team has the chance to finish the game with its own field goal or win the game with a touchdown (6 points). If the first team that receives scores a touchdown, the game is over and the opposing team has no chance of scoring. Note that this scenario only occurs during regular season overtime. To solve the overtime dilemma, the NFL, like the college, should ensure teams get equal possession.
But unlike college, they should continue to play football. It can always be sudden death, provided each team has an equal chance to score. For example, if Jets quarterback Brett Favre threw an interception on that first possession and the Pats returned the ball for a touchdown, the game would be over because the Jets had a series on offense. If the game is still tied at the end of the 15-minute period, then it would still be a tie, as are NFL games now. Bonus scenario #2: Team A wins the OT draw and chooses to receive. Team B started and forced and recovered a fumble in the second leg. Can Team B win with just one field goal? The NFL needs to change the rules of the OT so that both teams have a chance to score a TD, and it`s hard to see why the league doesn`t want to fix the problem. The decision follows the playoff game between the Bills and Chiefs in January, in which Kansas City began a tie campaign 13 seconds before the end of the fourth quarter and got the ball first in overtime.
The Chiefs scored immediately and robbed fans of the chance to see a rebuttal from Josh Allen and Buffalo`s high-flying offense. The NFL overtime rules are a set of rules that govern how an overtime period must be played if a football game remains tied after 60 minutes of regulation. The NFL`s overtime possession rules during the regular season do not guarantee that both teams will get possession. If the team that gets the first kick scores a touchdown on the first drive of overtime, they automatically win the game. However, if the team returns the ball or scores only one field goal, the opposing team has a chance to own the ball. If the team that originally owned the ball did not score a field goal, the team that owns the ball second can win the game with a single field goal. Teams need to be much more careful with their overtime play, as a turnover in their own half of the pitch can lead to an easy decisive field goal. Positioning on the ground is often more important than risk-taking. By all standards, the NFL is the most popular sports league in the country.
Full stadiums, glowing ratings, $7 billion in revenue. So why is the NFL so stupid in a league with so many smart guys in the conference room when it comes to settling games that are tied at the end of the rule? In other words, why is football so hectic about extra time? Many were disappointed that the Bills couldn`t take possession of the ball during the 42-36 slugfest, and the NFL voted to adjust that protocol for the upcoming season.