The Indianapolis Colts have seen enough after this year’s playoffs and have formally submitted a proposal to guarantee each team an overtime possession, according to NFL Network’s Judy Battista. If approved, the rule change would apply both to the regular and postseason.
Rich McKay, chair of the NFL’s competition committee, said that possible changes to overtime will undoubtedly be brought up when the committee meets this week, according to Battista. It is unclear whether there is enough of a league-wide consensus to alter the league’s current overtime format.
Last year, the Ravens proposed a “spot-and-choose” rule where a team would choose the yard line where the overtime drive starts and the other team would decide whether they want to play offense or defense to start overtime.
During the 2021 playoffs, the OT rules became a huge topic of conversation after the Chiefs’ overtime win over the Bills in the AFC divisional round. Many argued that the Bills’ offense should have been given an opportunity to possess the ball after Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense scored a game-ending touchdown after winning the coin toss to start the extra session.
A week after defeating the Bills, an interception by Mahomes on the Chiefs’ first possession of the AFC Championship Game led to Evan McPherson’s game-winning field goal, sending the Bengals to Super Bowl LVI.
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