Yesterday someone on twitter asked @PackersLounge a question regarding the Packers playoff options that included the word "if" about 20 times. I'd like to add some more.
The playoffs are finally here, and with them they bring the anticipated overtime rule changes.
If the team that receives the ball first scores a field goal, the game is no longer over. The other team has a chance to score as well. If the team that receives the ball first scores a touch down, the game is over. If the team that receives the ball first punts or turns the ball over, the next team to score wins. If the team the kicks off the ball first, onside kicks it and recovers and scores a field goal, the game is over. If the team not receiving the ball first should get a safety, then the game is over. If both teams should score field goals, sudden death rules apply. If the full 15 minute overtime period ends with a tie, they keep going until someone scores.
Okay, so this morning on Espn Radio Mike and Mike brought up the extra "if". If you win the coin toss, do you try to onside it? If you don't recover but hold them to a field goal, you still have a chance to win, but if you should recover it, your score ends up winning the game. Or do you always go for the ball first? If you lose the toss, do you onside it? Do you ever onside it? If you're receiving the first kick do you risk a possible great return to help protect against the onside? How many times can I say onside and if in the same paragraph??
Either way, regardless of initial strategy, the playoff overtime picture just got even more confusing for the Packers. And for a team that lost two crushing overtime games in the regular season, there's way too many "ifs" around for my liking. I will sleep a whole lot easier if we just win out in regular time.
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