Monday, January 9, 2012

Sudden Unsudden Death

So the new NFL overtime rule that's supposed to make it more fair by guaranteeing each team a chance to score sure worked well in yesterday's Steelers/Broncos game, didn't it?

I would change the rule so that the team scoring last in regulation play has to kick off in overtime.  Yesterday's game was a perfect example of why this would work.

The Steelers scored a touchdown with three minutes and something left in the game. The PAT tied the score.  But would they have gone for the 1-point conversion knowing that they would have to kick of to the Broncos with three minutes on the clock and then have to kick off to them again in overtime?  Or would they have forced the issue and gone for a 2-point conversion knowing that even if they missed there were a few minutes left to try to get the ball back?  I guess we'll never know.

The flip of a coin shouldn't have as big of an influence as it does in who wins a close football game - especially a playoff game.  I think the NFL needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink this.

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