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NFL: Owners set to vote on change to postseason overtime rules

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Owners set to vote on change to postseason overtime rules

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NEW YORK -- NFL owners will vote next week whether to allow each team a possession in overtime in the playoffs if the team winning the OT coin toss kicks a field goal on the first series.

Previously, the game would end whenever either side scores, as happened in the NFC Championship in January, with New Orleans beating Minnesota on Garrett Hartley's kick. But NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay says a trend has developed showing too strong an advantage for teams winning the coin toss to start overtime.

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If the team that falls behind by three points on the first series also kicks a field goal, then the game would continue under current sudden death rules.

The proposal is only for the postseason.

"Statistically, it is pretty clear there has been a change," McKay said. "When sudden death was put in for 1974, it clearly worked very well and was a good system. It brought excitement and effectively broke ties. From '74-'93 you had a 50-50 (breakdown) in who would win between those who won toss and who lost the toss.

"Changes occurred over time, and the numbers have changed to 59.8 percent winning the coin toss and winning the game. The team that loses the coin toss wins 38.5 percent.

"We are trying to put in a system that emphasizes more skill and strategy as opposed to the randomness of the coin flip."

McKay credited the advancements in field goal accuracy and skills of return teams for the hefty switch in statistics. The competition committee found that since 1994, when the kickoff was moved back 5 yards to the 30, teams winning the OT coin toss won 34.4 percent of the games on the first series. They kicked field goals 26.2 percent of those times, an increase from 17.9 percent in 15 years.

"I would say this is something that's been on our radar for a number of years and been talked about a lot," he said. "In the last four or five years, we have not proposed anything because we thought if there weren't enough votes (among the 32 owners), we should not propose it. This year, the statistics are so compelling we need to get the discussion going."

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Rest assured there will be plenty of discussion; 24 votes are needed to adopt the change.

The players union strongly has supported the current overtime setup because it fears another system could lead to more injuries. McKay said the competition committee has "not spent a lot of time with them" on this proposal, but will make the players association aware of the recommendation.

Another recommendation to the owners, who will hold their meetings in Orlando, Fla., beginning Sunday, centers on expanding protection for defenseless players, most notably receivers. McKay said a recent rule change helped, but there are cases where receivers already have made a catch and still are defenseless when they get hit in the head area.

The proposal will offer those players protection from hits to the head until after the catch is made and the receiver has an opportunity to protect himself.

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This has been necessary for a while. having games decided by a kicker is not right. As long as both offenses get a shot in OT the change is good.

The one thing I can't stand is when a team comes back to tie a game and take it into OT, and then they lose the coin toss and a kicker seals there fate.
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Such a sheisty way to decide games. A fucking coin toss. This should have been changed a decade ago. I'm surprised it's taken this long for so many people to raise hell over it.
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Such a sheisty way to decide games. A fucking coin toss. This should have been changed a decade ago. I'm surprised it's taken this long for so many people to raise hell over it.
I am sure someone in Vegas finally made the owners understand it needs to be changed.
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This has been necessary for a while. having games decided by a kicker is not right. As long as both offenses get a shot in OT the change is good.

The one thing I can't stand is when a team comes back to tie a game and take it into OT, and then they lose the coin toss and a kicker seals there fate.
Couldn't have said it any better myself!

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Goodell says proposed OT changes are 'worth consideration'

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking at the NFL Annual Meeting Monday in Orlando, Fla., said the proposed playoff overtime rule passed by the league's competition committee is worth consideration.

"I think what the competition committee has been reviewing -- and I said this morning to the ownership -- don't let better get in the way of perfect," Goodell said during a news conference. "I'm not sure there is a perfect overtime system. What we've tried to look at is how do we design a system that will be appealing to our fans, first off, [and] that will stay true to the competitive integrity of our game. I think the competition committee has come up with something here that is very much worth consideration.

"It keeps, for one, the sudden-death nature of the game, which I think makes our system unique, and attractive. I love the idea that we're in a sudden-death scenario. And I think it's responsive to some of the issues that people have said in the past. I think there is a lot of consideration."

Goodell said he'd take part in a discussion with the full competition committee on Tuesday morning.

"It's getting a lot of thought," Goodell said. "It has the potential to be a better system."

Under the new format, if the team that starts overtime with the ball scores a touchdown, the game is over. If that team is held to a field goal, then the opposing team gets the ball. If the opponent scores a touchdown, the game is over. If they tie the game with a field goal, then the overtime turns to sudden death and the next team to score wins.

The modified overtime rule will be voted on by league owners this week. In order to pass, the measure needs 24 of 32 votes (75 percent success) when itís presented to full ownership.

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Well the vote passed 28-4 but it's only for playoff games

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