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NFL Overtime Rules

Digest of Rules Sudden Death

1. The sudden death system of determining the winner shall prevail when score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time of all NFL games. The team scoring first during overtime play shall be the winner and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by Referee for a palpably unfair act.

2. At the end of regulation time the Referee will immediately toss coin at center of field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped. 3. Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regulation game, play will be continued in 15-minute periods or until there is a score*. There is a two-minute intermission between subsequent periods. The teams change goals at the start of each period. Each team has three time outs per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular game.

Disqualified players are not allowed to return.
*Exception: In preseason and regular season games there shall be a maximum of 15 minutes of sudden death with two time outs instead of three. General provisions that apply for the fourth quarter will prevail. Try not attempted if touchdown scored. If there is no score in the 15 minutes, the game shall end in a tie.

What is your opinion on these rules.

Some of the opinions are as followed. During the coin toss rule:

The refree said, this is heads, this is tails, visiting team call it in the air. ex. Atlanta Falcons’ piece of paper, Detroit Lions shout out loud saying, “heads”.

The controversial started when it was Thanksgiving Day Pittsburgh vs. Detriot. Jerome Bettis said, “tails”, but the refree said, “heads”. The Detroit Lions told the refree that he said, “tails”. The refree disagree with both teams that Jerome Bettis said “heads”. The coin toss rule changed.

I think if we were doing college football overtime rules, it takes a long time for a person to score. The rule in college is one team scores wins and if the other team scores, it the second overtime. The overtime keeps going until someone wins or the other team does not score. The only thing for college football is each team starts at the 30 yard line.

Check out the NFL youtube video I have included below talks about the first ever Sudden Death overtime game in the history of Football:

    65 Responses to “NFL Overtime Rules”

    1. Joe says:

      Get rid of the kickoff and have coaches secretly tell the referee where they want to start. The coach who asks for worse field position gets the ball.

    2. Troy says:

      And Joe, who decides which is the worst position?

    3. JimD says:

      forget worrying about changing overtime and devote effort to get rid of the silly rule that punishes the defense for flushing out the quarterback, but then lets the QB throw the ball away without penalty.

    4. lramos says:

      Each team should get 5 snaps from the opponents 5 yard line, who ever gets more td’s in after the series should win. If they are still tied after the series of 5 snaps per team,,then another series starts until somebody wins. Kind of like soccer and penalty kicks. That would make overtime much more exciting and fair.

    5. Oopa says:

      Did you really just say that you should make football more like soccer so that it would be “more exciting and fair”?



    6. dan says:

      i just hate how overtime most of the time comes down to a field goal

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