Overtime changes?

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 1/26/22

Should the National Football League (NFL) changes their rules for overtime in the postseason?

That question was brought up heavily Sunday night throughout social media following the Kansas City …

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Overtime changes?

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Should the National Football League (NFL) changes their rules for overtime in the postseason?

That question was brought up heavily Sunday night throughout social media following the Kansas City Chiefs’ 42-36 overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills in an American Football Conference (AFC) divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.

Currently, the team that wins the coin toss prior to overtime has a huge advantage.

That is because if they score a touchdown, the game would be over and the other team would not get a possession.

Owensville High School head football coach Nathan Cabot is among the gridiron Dutchmen staffers that believe the postseason overtime rules need to be changed.

“I absolutely believe the overtime rule needs to be changed,” Cabot said. “Each team should get a possession and an opportunity. The coin flip should not have that big of an impact in overtime.”

Linebacker and quarterback coach Casey Fisher also agrees that there needs to be a rule change.

“The NFL absolutely needs to review its (postseason) overtime rules,” Fisher said. “In a game like this, when no one can stop the other, a coin toss won the game.”

Fisher suggests “Maybe they just play a full 10:00 and treat it like a fifth quarter and whoever has the most points wins.”

Another possibility is to adopt something similar to the current college football overtime rules where both teams get a possession from the 25-yard line and go from there.

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