Monday, October 18, 2010

NFL OVERTIME RULE

This has nothing to do with baseball.  And I'll get back to writing about baseball soon - promise.

I have been telling people for years that the NFL should modify their overtime rules so that the team scoring last in regulation play automatically kicks off in overtime.  They can keep it sudden death like it is now.  Just make that one simple change and take the randomness out of it.

In yesterday's Packers-Dolphins game, the Packers scored last in regulation.  They did in fact have to kick off in overtime like they would have under this new rule.  Yet the game was a perfect example of how well this new rule could work.

At the end of the game with under 20 seconds left on the clock, the Packers faced a 4th and goal from the 2-yard line.  They came to the line obviously intending to run a pass play - there was no one but Aaron Rodgers in the backfield.  Except for a total and inexplicable collapse of the Dolphins defense, they probably would have run a pass play.  But because of an astute observation by Daryn Colledge who had no defender for three yards in front of him, Rodgers was able to follow him into the end zone untouched.

OK, so now the Packers are down by one.  If they kick the extra point, they have to a) make it, b) kick off to the Dolphins and give them at least one more play from scrimmage, and c) kick off to them in overtime.  But, if they go for a 2-point conversion and make it, they win the game.  What would you do?  Of course you'd run the play!  They already had it called.  They could have run the same play they were going to run anyway and try to win right then and there.  No overtime.  Game over.  Now that would have been exciting.

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