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this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; I really think the NFL needs to address the possession rules in overtime, especially in the playoffs. It just seems wrong that a team's season can end without having a possession. Ideally I would like to see a set play ...

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Old 01-17-2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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Overtime Rules

I really think the NFL needs to address the possession rules in overtime, especially in the playoffs. It just seems wrong that a team's season can end without having a possession. Ideally I would like to see a set play period (say 10 minutes), and the winning score at the end of that period is the winner. If tied, then you go to a "first score" format".

The current system puts far too much importance on the coin toss. While I like that they changed the first possession to needing a touchdown to win rather than just a field goal, it still has a ways to go to be equitable. I understand that the amount of time to play an extra period may cause some issues, but you could lessen that by restricting the amount of time outs allowed to 1 (or none) for each team. Every other professional sport has figured this out, so it can't be impossible.

Just my thoughts......

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Old 01-17-2016, 12:08 PM   #2
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I agree, Garry. When the NFL acted like they had done some great thing when they changed the rule to needing a touchdown on the first possession, I couldn't figure out why it remains so hard for them to understand that it still puts the emphasis on the coin toss, as you said.

There's always that wise guy in every discussion who'll say "stop them on the first possession if you don't like it". That's the kind of thing people say when they have no idea how to process simple information. SURE, you would ideally like to stop the other team, but if you can't, why does the other team not have to then try to stop you? So while the difficulty of winning on the first possession went up a little, the fundamental flaw didn't change.

A coin toss should never have ANY affect on the outcome.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, the NFL would fine and suspend me.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:16 PM   #3
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I don't have a problem with it; coin toss or not it's the defenses job to stop the offense. If you can't stop the opposing team from scoring a touchdown then maybe you really shouldn't be in the playoffs
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:31 PM   #4
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^.... Like I said, there is always "that guy".
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A team has four quarters to get it done. So, I have no problem with sudden death after four. What I didn't like was the way it was, where it was decided by who could kick the first field goal.
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^.... Like I said, there is always "that guy".
I appreciate you insinuating that I'm a simpleton

Since apparently I can't process simple information...
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:08 PM   #7
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I don't have a problem with it; coin toss or not it's the defenses job to stop the offense. If you can't stop the opposing team from scoring a touchdown then maybe you really shouldn't be in the playoffs
I hear what you're saying...just think it should be equal for both teams. Definitely valid arguments on both sides of this issue.
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:46 PM   #8
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I agree. You would think Goodell would address this issue but he's too much of an Idiot

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The only reason they changed this rule in the first place was because they all wanted Brett Favre to beat Drew Brees and the freaking SAINTS, folks.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:34 PM   #10
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Wait. Bring that story back to us, SaintsBro. I forgot it.
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