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My issues with the new overtime rule

First of all, I'm not really sure how it works. All the examples I've seen are the same. If the team that wins the toss kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If that team kicks a field goal, the game goes to sudden death. If either team scores a touchdown, they win. So, does that mean that you can only win with 2 field goals or a touchdown? What about if the team that wins the toss kicks a field goal, and then stops the other team on downs? Is the game over or do they have to score again? I can't figure that part out.

 

Secondly, the rule is supposedly all about fairness. The team that gets the ball first in sudden death overtime has an unfair advantage. They can play for a field goal because a field goal wins. However, under this new rule, the other team has a chance to score. The problem I have is if they also kick a field goal, the game goes to sudden death, and guess who gets the ball.....the team that won the toss. Under this new rule, they try to take the coin toss out of the equation, and yet it could still end up being a deciding faster.

 

And finally, as of right now, it will only take effect in the playoffs. Why not do it all season? That will lead to issues. For example, a team fighting to make the playoffs loses in OT by a field goal. They're going to argue that if that situation would have come up in the playoffs, they would have gotten a chance to score and argue about how unfair that is. Also, for the more casual fan who would only watch football around the playoffs, it's confusing.There are a lot of people who don't watch football because they don't understand the rules. Try explaining the new overtime rule to them. Well, if this team scores a field goal, the other team gets the ball and if they score a field goal, etc. It will all be very confusing.

 

Basically, I HATE this new rule. I think it's completely dumb and I still can't believe they actually passed it.

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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