Just saw on ESPN that the NFL is changing the overtime rule in the Playoffs. And here is an internet link on Yahoo Sports.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=a … ;type=lgns
"Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If that next series ends with another field goal, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules.
If the team winning the toss immediately scores a touchdown, however, the game is over.
Wow that's really going to piss off the handicappers. I don't like the idea. It's fine for college but come on, this is the pros.
I know...maybe I am just used to the way things are...but I preferred the old OT rule. Now...if my team lost I felt different, but some things should stay the same. Like you said...this is the pros!!!
And to add.....each team has a 'D_E_F_E_N_S_E".....that is part of the game!
Yes, I agree...defense is a big part of the game, no doubt. However, each team should be allowed to counter. Either way, if the defense fails then you only get to see one facet of each team. You should be able to see all of them, offense, defense, and special teams.
Imagine that in basketball...first team to score in OT wins...hell, you can use the same argument. You still have to play defense!
Well basketball is totally different than pro football. The thing is, we have seen all of the offense, special teams and defense already for 4 quarters.
Possible injuries is a big reason so many teams have been against a change in the past. Injury risk is higher the longer the game is played.
But...this is just how I feel about the OT rule.
okay, I am going to have to disagree here! The 'previous' OT rule was outrageous and ridiculous. I don't know the stat, but I am certain that the team that won the coin toss won more times than lost. I say it's extremely unfair...you don't play 60 minutes of great football just for it to be decided by a coin toss and a few first downs.
Now, I'm not sure if the new rule is any better, but I think it is clear that the old rule is ridiculous. Look at the Vikings/Saints playoff game...what a terrible way to see that game end!
LOL liberalism hit the NFL, everyone should be a winner or at least have one last shot at it.
lol...can't sports even be sacred anymore.
I still believe the Networks wanted Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) in the Superbowl to face Peyton Manning. It was the dream match-up "Favre vs Manning" and it didn't happen. The Minnesota - N.O. game was talked up in the meetings before the rule changed.
If Minnesota's defense had done it's job, Minnesota would have won...period! They didn't, they lost.
I think I like the overtime change. It always bugged me that you win a coin toss, kick a field goal and win. This is better.
I think Mike Ditka said it best.
If you don't want to lose on the first possession of overtime, try playing defense for a change.
I admit I don't like the current rule, but I am not sure this is the answer.
There will be those who like the change and those who do not. I am just one who does not. I agree with Richard, let the defense earn their pay.
errr....okay, why even play an entire game then? Let's just flip a coin and then whomever scores first wins.
Still need to play defense! errrr, no!
oh yeah, it's definitely different opinions and we are both set in the beliefs. Which is what makes America awesome.
And again, I'm not saying I like this new rule. I am just totally against the old rule.
And yes, basketball and football are totally two different sports...I know that! However, if you can justify why it wouldn't be fair in basketball then I think the same applies for football. You're changing the game when you implement a first score rule. It's no longer the same game that you just watched for four quarters.
And as far as tradition goes, if it's wrong, it's wrong.
Yes it is great we can differ in opinions. I have no issue with anyone who has a different opinion. It is what makes us able to discuss things.
And one can't try to justify basketball rules to football rules. There is no comparisons. Kinda like comparing a horse to a Mercedes.
I think you can..what other American sport has the first score rule? Other than soccer, where scoring is a lot more difficult.
Bastketball, Baseball, Hockey, Lacrosse, College Football...require you to play either an extra period, quarter, inning, and whatever you wanna call college football's playoff system.
I understand that it is easy to dismiss the other sports because they are "other sports"...but I think it's valid. Why do all the other sports do it? If it makes so much sense the other way...
Are you saying that players can't get injured in Hockey and Lacrosse during OT? (shrugs)
I've always felt both teams' offense should get to touch the ball once in an overtime. The team that wins the coin toss wins the majority of overtime games.
Maybe instead of the coin toss, they can place the ball on the 50 yard line, blow the whistle and let 22 guys go after it. Whoever comes away with the ball gets it.
Night. It is bedtime here. Will read tomorrow and see everyone's opinions on this.
I think after a score (in overtime) the other team should get one set of downs to match the score or beat it (in case the other team got a field goal). On a tie the overtime continues, otherwise, game over.
Now they just need to apply that same rule to regular season games as well. In the age where most teams have a kicker that can hit from 50+ yards out, it really would prevent a game from being decided based on a single posession.
And there's another answer ... first team to score 6 points wins ... and by that, I don't mean 6 more points than the other team, just six points.
So ... two field goals or a TD could then win the OT.
To be brutally honest, I think the OT rules are all about just getting the game over with quickly, so as not to interrupt the rest of their broadcast schedule.
They should just have the head coaches do rock-paper-scissors and be done with it.
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