NFL tables talks to overhaul overtime
NFL overtime rules will be unchanged for the 2019 season, the competition committee declared Wednesday in Key Biscayne, Fla., at its annual May meeting.
A proposal by the Kansas City Chiefs received considerable attention, and
commissioner Roger Goodell welcomed a debate he said should continue with a
particular focus on changes to OT for playoff games.
Competition committee chairman Rich McKay said the proposal, which guarantees
both teams one possession in overtime, will be revisited next year by NFL
Current rules allow for the team receiving the ball first in overtime to score
a touchdown and end the game.
The impetus for the Chiefs' plan was an overtime loss to the New England
Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January. In that game, the Patriots
won the coin toss, and Tom Brady engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive then
ended in a Rex Burkhead touchdown and a New England trip to the Super Bowl.
--Field Level Media