NFL changes its overtime rules for playoffsRegional Sports
-- The Green Bay Packers voted yes when the NFL owners decided yesterday to change the overtime rules for the playoffs. The Vikings voted no.
The Green Bay Packers voted yes when the NFL owners decided yesterday to change the overtime rules for the playoffs.
The vote was originally scheduled for today – and many coaches were caught off-guard after the owners had suddenly decided to vote a day early.
The tally was 28-to-4 with Buffalo, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Minnesota voting no. Under the new overtime, the team that wins the coin toss must score a touchdown to win the game on its first possession. Otherwise, the opponent gets a chance. And if it’s still tied after that, it will go back to sudden death.
Packers’ president Mark Murphy said it’s a good change. But he agreed with coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson that it also be followed in the regular season. Murphy says it’s better to have consistency – and that’s probably what will happen someday.
The rule change suddenly came about after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship Game on a field goal in overtime without Brett Favre ever getting the ball. Still, Minnesota owner Zigi Wilf said the new rule is unnecessary, and he liked things the way they’ve been.