NFL Owners Approve Overtime Change

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm

In what feels like a bit of an upset, NFL owners today approved a proposal recommended by the league’s competition committee that will change the structure of overtime in postseason games.  Click here to view a video from NFL Network that outlines the changes.

Rather than a true sudden death period, the new overtime structure says that if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a FG, the other team gets the ball with a chance to tie the game (with a FG) or win it with a TD.

Essentially, it’s is “first to 6″ format that awards victory to the first team to score 6 points.

If both teams kick FGs on their 1st OT possessions, then the game continues under sudden-death rules. If the team that wins the toss scores a TD right away, then the game is over. If none of this happens and the overtime period expires, then the game is tied.

In addition to all of that, remember that this new overtime structure only applies to playoff games.

Confused yet?

The measure passed easily, with 28 NFL owners voting for it and only 4 teams voting against it. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the 4 teams to vote against the changes were Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and the Vikings.

Had this measure been in place last season, the Vikings would’ve gotten a chance to have the ball in overtime of the NFC Championship Game. Had they scored a TD on their drive – right after the Saints kicked a FG on their 1st possession – the Vikings would’ve won the game and represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLIV.

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14 Responses to “NFL Owners Approve Overtime Change”

  1. By jbork88 on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    he he, the NFL knows the vikings should have beaten the saints, thats why they brought it up and was changed THIS year.

  2. By Robin S. on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    It is too late for Brett and his Vikings. Hopefully this time we can play the game in Minnesota and not go into overtime. I am so glad this passed. It should go into affect for all of the games. A bad call by a ref can put a team in field goal range like it did for the Saints and then our great team lost.

  3. By Ben on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    sooo why did vikings vote against it? I knw what has happened is already over but still, Are they looking into the near future with their strong defence or what? Also I know it is highly highly unlikely but what if both teams scored a field goal, and then a safety was scored lol that would only be 5 points – not 6 so what happens there

  4. By Dan N. on Mar 23, 2010 | Reply

    No FG on the recieving team’s 1st possesion means that OT is exactly as it was last year. It’s got no “first to six” provision and, because it’s the postseason, there is no tie.

    I don’t like it because it’s unclear, and it only addresses the “team wins toss and kicks FG” problem, and does it so specifically. Takes too long to explain, too.

  5. By Curtis N on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I think they could have done something different. Instead of just first to six they could make it into basically a goaline showdown. Each team gets one chance to score from the goaline and if they both score then just do it again until one team doesn’t score. I think that would make it much more interesting especially since minnesota has the best goaline defense in the league and we have AP baby!

  6. By sports98 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I agree . And for those of you that argue that it’s the defenses job to keep the other team out of the end zone during overtime I have one question. Why is that NO team chooses to play defense when they win the overtime flip?

  7. By sports98 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I can see where this change would make more sense than the ridiculous OT rule that has been in place previously. Too often, OT games are decided by the coin toss! At least with the new rule, the winner of the coin toss, if on offense, will have to score a TD to win the game, and this will mean that the opposition team will get a shot on offense at least 50 percent of the time. Personally, I don’t like sudden victory/sudden death and think a complete quarter should be played, and THEN after that, the standard OT rules should apply.

  8. By fmfan on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    so the team that lost the toss still won’t have a chance to score if their D gives up a td..

  9. By Mark on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I think the rule change is great but could have been simplified by saying the first team to score six points wins!

  10. By paul on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    mike golic has the right solution. play an extra 10 minute quarter, if the game is still tied than go to a sudden death period.

  11. By ANDY R. on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply



  12. By Bruce on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Andy, Using CAPS doesn’t do anything but show your lack of maturity and shows you are getting angry over nothing. We as Viking fans don’t need rules changed to win a Chapionship. We just need the refs to follow the rules and call penalties when the rules are broken and don’t call penalties when the rules were not broken!

  13. By PurpoleNurple on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    I think that they are trying too hard to change this rule, and it is starting to confuse people. What really ought to be done, if anything is an extra quarter. Extend the game for a full 15 minutes and repeat until you have a winner. Any form of sudden death or changing the rules just because the time has gone past regulation is always going favor one side or the other based on something outside of the players’ control (i.e. a coinflip). There are just going to be new arguments as to how this new change to the rules is unfair in different ways.

  14. By paul on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    This site needs spell check, 2009 season is over, I’m looking forward to the 2010 season.

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