“Overtime Rules Changing Soon?”: NFL Competition Committee to discuss OT rules change proposal

A massive change in overtime rules can be expected soon.

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The 2021 season was not for the faint-hearted. Several games went right down to the wire and one of the most entertaining contests was the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Buffalo Bills playoff game. The sides were tied at halftime, but in the final moments, it felt like the Bills were going to march all over Mahomes and Co.

However, with only 13 seconds left on the clock, Mahomes pulled out the big guns and helped his side to tie the scores before the time ran out. With the game heading into overtime, many opined that the coin toss will eventually decide the winner of the game and it actually turned out to be the case.

Eventually, the Bills emerged victoriously, and although everyone praised Mahomes for his performances, fans were not amused with the overtime rules. Even before that game, OT rules were under the scanner. Finally, one team has submitted an official proposal to the NFL to change them.

NFL Competition Committee to discuss proposal by the Colts to guarantee each team a possession in OT

Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes
Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes

According to The Washington Post, the Indianapolis Colts submitted a proposal to the NFL’s competition committee asking for a change in the OT rules. As per the report, if the new rule comes into play then each team will get at least one possession in overtime.

I have no question it will be brought up,” Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said. “I have no question that there will be a team or two that is going to suggest a rule change. I don’t know which teams. I know a bunch that I heard called, called me, and called others. So we’re going to see some proposals,” he added.

Even Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose team was benefitted from the rules in the game against Bills had claimed that a change was needed to diminish unfair advantage to one particular team. “I had a chance to talk with [Bills coach Sean McDermott] afterward, and that I’m sure is something they’re going to look at again too,” Reid had said of the overtime rules after the game.

And I wouldn’t be opposed to it, it’s a hard thing. It was great for us last night, but is it great for the game which is probably the most important thing we should all be looking out for? To make things equal, it probably needs to be able to hit both offenses, both defenses,” he had said.

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