NFL Overtime Rule Changes Officially Proposed by Three Teams

Larry Rupp
NFL overtime rule changes have officially been proposed by three teams.
NFL overtime rule changes have officially been proposed by three teams. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The most recent NFL Playoffs once again brought to light the never ending controversy that surrounds current overtime rules. The fact that both teams do not have the opportunity to possess the football has caused three squads to propose official changes to the Competition Committee.

NFL Overtime Rules

Of course, the current NFL overtime rules state that if the first team to possess the football scores a touchdown, then the game is over. A field goal, turnover or punt causes the game to keep rolling.

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts expressed the want to amend Rule 16 by allowing each team involved in the overtime period a chance to score. This proposal has been seen before, most notably by the Kansas City Chiefs, but has never gained enough traction to be accepted.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans proposed a similar rule change with just one small difference. Head coach Mike Vrabel's squad offered up an amendment that both teams would have an opportunity to possess the football unless the first team scores a touchdown and converts a two-point conversion.

The Titans' proposal is interesting because it still makes winning the coin toss a major advantage. There is also a lot of risk in deciding whether to kick an extra point to extend the game or go for the win. It'll be interesting to see if the Competition Committee gives any real thought to these ideas.

For now, the NFL will continue to implement the same old rules that have caused outrage or excitement depending on which end of the final score your favorite team is on.

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