Change to overtime passes

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Changes to the NFL overtime policy were approved by owners today at the league meetings.

The change allows both teams a possession opportunity in overtime if the team that won the coin toss scores on a field goal rather than a touchdown on its first possession. If the team that wins the toss scores a touchdown, the game is over. After the first possession, the game goes to sudden death.

The vote was 28-4 in favor of the change, which will take effect in the 2010 playoffs. Buffalo, Minnesota, Baltimore and Cincinnati were the no votes.

Competition committee co-chair Rich McKay said "it's possible" there will be a vote at the spring meeting to expand the overtime rules to the regular season.

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