How To Fix NFL Overtime

Aaron gives the best and most elegant fix for something that is clearly broken. 

Go back to Sudden Death. 

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Hematite's picture

January 21, 2019 at 03:27 pm

Do away with the coin toss!

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Leatherhead's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:48 pm

I agree. Just keep playing the game until somebody scores.

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Free agent's picture

January 21, 2019 at 03:29 pm

I’d tweak the college overtime rules:
Each team gets an offensive possession starting at their own 40 yard line. They would have to drive 60 yards for a TD or gain 20 to 25 yards for a long FG attempt. Keep playing until one team out scores the other. I’d use this in the regular season as well, No More tied games!

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Bill Atkinson's picture

January 22, 2019 at 12:34 am

Whatever means no ties is an improvement.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 23, 2019 at 06:38 am

I have worn ties to work on every Casual Friday for the past five years.

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Lphill's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:26 pm

Someone is always going to come up short there is no simple solution .

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Jonathan Spader's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:32 pm

Simple solution everybody wins! So there are no losers.

Reality where the hell is the fun in that?

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:54 pm

Tons o’ fun, son!

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Except for one!

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JimR_in_SoCal's picture

January 22, 2019 at 01:22 pm

Aaron Nagler said: “Go back to Sudden Death.”

Yep. More specifically, Thunderdome. Two men enter. One man leaves.

;^)

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Razer's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:28 pm

Nothing wrong with OT as far as I am concerned. Learn how to play defense and you will get your shot. Other than bad officiating, the best will rise to the occasion.

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

January 23, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Agreed. I think the current rule is a big improvement on sudden death. If a team's KO team or defense allows a TD that's on that team.

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CAG123's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:35 pm

How would sudden death fix things? It’s literally win coin toss and then get close enough for a FG that’s pretty much what all teams did. Sudden death OT made the coin toss determine the outcome 90% of the time. The new rules at least gives the team a chance if they can hold them to a FG.

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Stu M's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:41 pm

They had a chance in the previous 60 minutes.

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CAG123's picture

January 22, 2019 at 01:03 am

Well if that’s the case then the game should just end at 60 minutes both teams had 60 minutes right? So poof there goes that silly logic

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Qoojo's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:39 pm

This is all because the nfl has skewed the rules to favor the offense so much that the team with the ball first has an advantage.

No matter what you do, at some point you have to say next team to score a wins. As I mentioned, that means the team that goes first has an advantage. Unless the rules say, first team to not answer a score with a like score, loses. Also, if first time fails to score, but 2nd team scores, then 2nd team wins. That's about the only way to make it "fair".

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pacman's picture

January 21, 2019 at 04:54 pm

There will always be a challenge flag thrown on critical end of game close coverage plays when the offense is on a scoring drive. On close plays, there is almost always a little bit of contact and often it seems that it might indeed be pass interference even when it wasn't called because in real-time, it didn't seem like much. So I think we are going to get a lot more debated calls than we have now.

But that might be the price we have to pay to correct really bad officiating.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 07:26 pm

If the score is tied at the end of regulation, the team with the prettiest helmets is immediately declared the winner, unless of course they are equally breathtaking, in which case both teams are awarded a win, a juice box, a certificate of achievement, and a big, warm hug. From me. Or Taryn. Their choice.

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pacman's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:24 pm

Equally good - each team picks their champion and they battle it out the old fashioned way (no gear) at mid-field. That should keep the fans and lawyers happy.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:33 pm

Happy, happy, happy!!

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Bearmeat's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:16 pm

No. That's even worse. 1 team gets a possession each. Unless a turnover happens. If game is still tied, go to college overtime rules.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 05:20 pm

What?
No hug??

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Stu M's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:42 pm

This is professional football, the stakes should be higher than college.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Agreed. In the NFL, ALL players are paid. In college, it’s only MOST of them.

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drewjude's picture

January 21, 2019 at 08:08 pm

Next try wins

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:01 pm

How about “NICE” try wins?

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moco27's picture

January 21, 2019 at 08:10 pm

Just start an entirely new 15 minute quarter and start off with the receiving team from the beginning of the game getting the ball first.

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Tim Gohr's picture

January 21, 2019 at 08:23 pm

Neither team wins. Instead, two other teams take their place - new game.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:00 pm

As long as nobody’s self-esteem is bruised.

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LeotisHarris's picture

January 21, 2019 at 08:46 pm

Curt Gowdy called it "sudden victory." God, I hated Curt Gowdy.

That said, why not have head coaches wrestle to decide the game? Tell me you wouldn't have liked to see Andy Reid and Bill Belichick go at it on a mat with high school rules, or 2-3 falls in a cage match.

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The TKstinator's picture

January 21, 2019 at 09:58 pm

Hells yah!

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Pack Fan Forever's picture

January 21, 2019 at 09:46 pm

Lots of funny stuff on here but getting back to the serious issue, for starters allow both teams to have a possession. In this era of a high-powered offenses, you can’t just allow the team that’s lucky enough to win the coin toss to win the game by scoring a touchdown. You’ve got to give the other team a chance with the ball. If both teams get their possession and both score, and the game is still tied, they each get another possession, and this continues on until one team outscores the other. I probably wouldn’t do this in the regular season but you’ve got to do something more fair in the playoffs than what they have now.

Another option would be to add a 15 minute 5th period (maybe 10 minutes). The teams have to play the full period and the the team ahead at the end of that wins the game. If they are still tired at the end of that, you play another one.

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Stu M's picture

January 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

The Chiefs had the Pats in two 3&10's and a 3&15. They had a chance. This is professional football, the stakes should be high.

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Malland56's picture

January 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

LB Ford lost that game for KC. He was looking right down the line before the snap and STILL didn't know he was over the line? Really!

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Malland56's picture

January 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

LB Ford lost that game for KC. He was looking right down the line before the snap and STILL didn't know he was over the line? Really!

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Malland56's picture

January 22, 2019 at 11:49 am

Go to College rules but like I think some one said already, start from the 40 yard line. It would make it tougher to score a TD from there and would give the defense some breathing room instead of the offense being right at the door step.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

January 24, 2019 at 03:21 pm

I don't know how you can hate Gowdy and not loathe Al D

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