NFL's Competition Committee divided over proposed overtime rule change

You all have heard of the proposed overtime rules, right? The push to change the current rule comes from a faction within the NFL that feels overtime games are won and lost on the coin flip. The team that wins the toss gets the ball, drives down the field, kicks a field goal, and wins 60% of the time. The Saints did this against the Vikings in the NFCCG.

Gee, after reading all the fallout after the NFCCG, I thought Brett Favre's evil interception ended the game. You mean there was overtime? The way some people's frothy, bile-filled madness seem to read, I thought the game just magically ended on Favre's INT, awarding the "W" to the Saints.

Anyway, forget for a moment that the Saints managed to march down the field on the Vikes due in part to some questionable calls by referees who seemed to just want to get the game over with, the fact of the matter is the Saints did convert several key first downs and they did kick the winning field goal. It's not like the game ended on the coin flip. They played some football in between the flip and Garrett Hartley's game-winning field goal. If the Vikings had deserved to win the game, they would have stopped the Saints. Defense is supposed to win games, right? The Vikings defense didn't.

However, some people on the NFL Competition Committee feel that overtime games should not be decided by only one "game-winning field" goal. The IBJ's Anthony Schoettle explains:

Members of the NFL’s competition committee, which includes Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian, were discussing the rules which govern overtime.

According to sources familiar with discussions, there are two sharply divided sides and the debate at times yesterday was intense. One side wants overtime to remain in its current sudden death format, meaning the first team to score wins.

The other side wants a change, and here’s what was proposed yesterday in Indianapolis.

If the team that first gets the ball in overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over. However, if the team that first gets the ball, does not score or scores a field goal, the other team gets the ball.

NFL owners are especially concerned with a playoff game being determined by a coin flip, as some suggest was the case in this year’s NFC Championship between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

Any new rule requires 24 of 32 owners to approve it after it has been recommended by the Competition Committee.

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