The NFL has reportedly introduced new overtime rules ahead of the 2022/23 playoffs. The highly-anticipated postseason kicks off with a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, which will be followed by the Los Angeles Chargers’ showdown vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to ProFootballTalk, the league will be experimenting with a new overtime format until the end of the campaign.
“The NFL changed its playoff overtime rules in the offseason, and now postseason games won’t end with a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime,” the publication reports.
To break it down, if a team scores a touchdown on their first possession in the extra period, they will line up for a PAT attempt or two-point conversion. They will then kick off and, if the other team also scores, they also get to line up for a kick or two-point try. The game becomes a sudden-death affair after that point.
NFL fans seem pretty excited about this.
This does seem like the fairest way to go. Overtime games are certain to be more exciting too.
Should this have the desired effect, the NFL will likely stick with it after the playoffs.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.