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Bills Proposing Surprising Overtime Rules Change

Devon Platana
The Buffalo Bills are proposing a surprising overtime rules change to the NFL.
The Buffalo Bills are proposing a surprising overtime rules change to the NFL. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the most controversial moments in this past NFL postseason was when the Buffalo Bills suffered a Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs without touching the ball in overtime.

Fast forward to this week and the Bills are proposing a new overtime rule change to the NFL Competition Committee. However, the nature of the proposition may surprise some fans.

NFL Overtime Rules

Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane explained to the Associated Press on Tuesday that the team would like to see a five-minute overtime period. Instead of ending after a touchdown or defense score, the team with the most points after the five minutes are up wins — much like basketball or baseball.

Beane also further clarified that the Bills' proposed rule change would only be for the playoffs and not the regular season.

"So a time limit, and I'm talking about postseason only. That way, both teams will definitely have a chance and maybe even more than one possession."

Brandon Beane

The Bills aren't the only team that submitted an overtime proposal this week. The Indianapolis Colts also sent the league a proposal that would guarantee each team at least one overtime possession in both regular-season and postseason games.

Any potential rule change must be approved by 24 of the 32 NFL owners. Anything less will result in the league moving forward with the same overtime rules.

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay told the Washington Post earlier this week that he expects overtime rules to be heavily discussed in the coming weeks and any decision should be made by the end of March.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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