The NFL’s overtime rule explained and why fans want to see it change

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Whether it’s a big-name player, a great quarterback, or a dramatic back-and-forth, their playoff encounters will live on in the memory.
For some, however, the game’s ending did leave some sour taste in the mouth.

After winning the coin toss at the start of overtime, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelcher to complete a touchdown on first possession of overtime .

That’s the NFL’s overtime rule, and Josh Allen and his red-hot offense never got a chance to respond, much to the annoyance of many neutral viewers.

Some called it the “worst rule in sports,” while others jokingly called on US President Joe Biden to step in and fix the rules.

While Allen was lenient about the current overtime rules shortly after the fiasco, it raised the question: Should they be changed to give both teams a chance to score?

Mahomes threw the winning touchdown to Kelce.

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According to NFL rules, in 10-minute overtime: “Each team must have or have the opportunity to have the ball. Exception: If the first team to have the ball makes a touchdown on opening possession.”

Essentially, if the receiving team does not score a touchdown on the first possession (or if the kicking team does not score a touchdown on a turnover), the game continues.

The current system has been in place since the 2011 playoffs.

According to the Stathead database, there have been more than 160 overtime games under the current overtime winning rule, including the playoffs. The first team to get the ball wins a 52% chance. The team that kicked off won 42 percent of the time. The rest is a draw, which happened in a regular-season game and no one has scored in the 10-minute overtime now.

These rules are different from those of college football. Arguably fairer than the NFL’s rules.

In college football, each team—regardless of who wins the overtime coin toss—has a chance to attack from the opposing team’s 25-yard line in the first overtime.

Whereas in the NFL the team wants to win the coin toss and win the game on the first inquiries, in college games the team that wins the coin toss usually decides to defend first because they will know if the opponent is a touchdown, shot Score or fail to score. Based on this, the second-placed team can choose to be more or less aggressive when attacking.

According to Rick Wilson, a professor at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, there were nearly 300 overtime games from 2013 to 2021, through a study of some box scores in Sports Reference. Involves the Division I Football Bowl subdivision teams.

Since 2013, the second team to get the ball has a 49.7 percent chance of winning, or about a 50 percent chance of being right.

While the NFL is unlikely to make changes after a game, the wheels of the movement may have been set in motion.

Allen ran from Kansas City Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen in the second half.

call for change

While Allen didn’t immediately express disappointment with the overtime rule, there was no shortage of players past and present in his absence.

“Both teams had a great game, but the overtime rules have to change! A coin toss shouldn’t have that much power,” Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-La St. Brown Say.
Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen also Express His frustration with the rules.

“If you’re still arguing that it’s not in everyone’s best interest to have both Mahomes and Allen in (overtime) in a game like this, I don’t know what to tell you,” he tweeted. said.

The NFL isn't as fair as college football when it comes to overtime.This is why

“In a game where neither side can stop the other in the end, the toss of a coin determines the outcome.”

In fact, after the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in overtime in 2019, without even touching the ball, Kelce said, “I’m absolutely for it. [both sides getting the ball in overtime],” He said.
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“In that situation, facing such an amazing offense, really out of control, with no rebuttal or retaliation – that’s kind of bad.”

In the months since, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport report The Chiefs made a proposal that would force both teams to have the ball.

The proposal reportedly didn’t have enough support and was abandoned, but if it had… the future could be very different.

CNN’s Harry Enten contributed to this report.

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