New overtime rules

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  1. Malloy

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    During the weekends games I heard an announcer mention that the overtime rules would be different coming playoffs. Does anyone know what those changes are, and would they care to explain it? :)

    Thanks y'all in advance! :)
     
  2. Kulluminatii

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    If I remember correctly, overtime will be similar to college football during the playoffs in that both teams will have possession. If the game is still tied after each team has had a possession, then it goes into "sudden death" and whoever scores first wins.
     
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    Close but not quite.

    If the recipient of the opening overtime kickoff scores a TD the game is over and they win. If they score a field goal then the kicking team gets a possession. If the kicking team gets a TD the game is over. If they don't score the game is over. If they tie it up 3-3, it goes to sudden death.
     
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    NFL's New Overtime Rule: Making Football Fair Again
    Aug 20 2010

     
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    Dumbest rule ever. They should have left it alone.
     
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  6. Blake

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    I look at it this way. First to 6 wins.

    Unless neither team scores any points in their first possession. At that point its back to sudden death.
     
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    Why make it overly complicated. Each team should get one crack at the ball, after that whoever has the most points soonest wins.
     
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    So after all that it's thumb war THEN paper, rock, scissor?
     


  9. Malloy

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    I like the 'first to 6' explanation, it's eeeeasy to remember and... it's true.

    Thanks y'all for chiming in, I learned something today! :)
     
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    This. It's so simple to understand and implement, but of course, the NFL brain trust has to justify all their fancy flow charts so they come up with this convoluted scenario.
     
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    The entire point of the rule change is to take away the good kick return, drive 30 yards and boot a FG for the W. I like the fact that a TD still wins the game for the first team to touch the ball. FG kickers are just too damn accurate from far out these days.

    But overall I think the sudden death rule is the best. Dont want to go to sudden death? Then beat the team in the 60 alloted minutes.
     
  12. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

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    Could it be more overtime action in what would obviously be a good game mean more air time thus more commercial time thus more money for the NFL?

    I support the rule change btw.
     
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    Good change. I like it - makes it fairer, more competitive, and allows more football to be played. Lets see a '2nd overtime' win for the Tacks tonight, and see how tiring it is!

    :kitten:
     
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    Except that is not quite right, either - if the first team doesn't score, the second team will win with just a field goal.

    I think the way to think about it is that "the game is still sudden death EXCEPT when there is only a field goal on the first posession." That's really the only difference.

    What I'm not clear about is what happens if there is a turnover during the kickoff (either the first or the second), an onside kick, etc.
     
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    I don't have the cite at this moment, but this is what I remember of the new rules.:

    The onside kick rule in the new overtime states that if you are the receiving team and the opponent tries and gets an onside kick, that team still needs a TD to win. If they only get a FG, the rules stay the same from then on..................regarding a FG by their opponent leading to sudden death or a TD leading to a win.

    Simply stated, failing of a receiving team to recover an on-side kick or fumbling on the return counts as a possession.

    EDIT: Here's a cite I found written by the senior sports writer for CBS SPORTS, Clark Judge:

     
  16. Malloy

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    Argh... ok not SO simple then. I get the basic 'rule' and I think I'll be able to rationalize the rules if turnovers happens.

    As long as the ref's get it I'm hoping I'll get it too :)
     
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    my question is:

    Can a team win by 5 or 9?

    Team A gets FG...then Team B gets backed up into own territory after, lets say, a penalty. Then gets sacked for a safety...

    or Team A gets FG...then Team B picks a pass off and runs it in for 6...
     
  18. CloakNNNdagger

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    Looks like a "particular wrinkle" has been written into the new overtime rules.

    Team B has scored a TD (doesn't matter how) and wins.
     
  19. Malloy

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    I'm happy to see that I was not the only one confused about the new rules, glad I created the thread :)
     
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    My bad...I meant Team B gets PICKED OFF and Team A runs it in for 6...lol. My bad.
     

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