INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL is considering a dramatic change to its overtime format.
The league’s competition committee will make a recommendation to the league’s owners at next month’s league meeting in Orlando on a proposal that would eliminate the possibility of a team winning a playoff game with a field goal on its first overtime possession.
The proposal would allow the team that wins the overtime coin toss to win the game with a touchdown on its first possession. But if it only kicked a field goal, the other team would get a possession and would have a chance to win the game with a touchdown or tie it with a field goal.
If both teams kicked field goals on their first possessions, the old sudden-death format would then come into play. Same if neither team scored on its possession.