It was only a matter of time until the NFL felt the pressure to at least review the overtime rules. Multiple games this past year were decided in overtime with only one team getting to posses the ball. The most notable one was the Bills vs. Chiefs game in the AFC Divisional Round.
The Colts have submitted a proposal to guarantee each team an OT possession, according to a league source — if approved, the rule change would apply to regular AND post-season. Again, unclear how much support there is for such a change.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 28, 2022
According to NFL insider Judy Battista, the Colts have submitted a proposal to guarantee each team an overtime possession. Their proposal would enforce this rule change in both the playoffs and the regular season. According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, “there is at least some sentiment within the [NFL Competition Committee] for modifying overtime for the postseason to ensure that each team gets one possession.”
Those who have defended the current system have argued that defense is a part of the game too, and if your defense can’t get one stop, it doesn’t deserve to win. In a league that has become increasingly offense-focused, however, that argument rests on shakier ground. This will be a talking point for years to come as long as games continue to be decided in overtime after just one offensive possession.
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