NFL set to change overtime rules, pass Eagles’ proposal
Earlier in the offseason, the Colts and Eagles proposed an NFL rule change that would allow both teams to possess the ball in overtime. That rule was passed today, but will only be enforced in the postseason:
Following the offensive showcases during the 2021 playoffs, most notably between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, fans were pushing heavily for a change.
Making the rule just for the playoffs could prove cumbersome down the road: What about a crucial divisional battle for a playoff berth or to secure home-field advantage? Not including the regular season makes the change underwhelming.
Hopefully, this rule will lead to further overhauls of OT in the coming years, but complex changes like that won’t happen overnight.
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