Earlier this week, the NFL announced the new rules that were proposed for overtime play. The new playoff overtime rules were passed with a 28-4 vote with the only teams voting against the rules being the Bills, Ravens, Vikings and Bengals. For now the rule has only been passed for the playoffs, but could make it's way to regular season play as well.
New NFL Overtime Rules (Playoffs)
The new rules would push teams to go for six as opposed to kicking field goals, but still has that sudden death element while still giving both teams an equal opportunity to win the game, not just leaving it up to the coin toss.
1. A coin toss will still decide first possession.
2. If the first team to score, scores a touchdown, the game is over.
3. If the team that get's the ball on the opening kickoff scores by way of field goal, the other team will have an opportunity to receive the ball and score as well. If the second team scores a touchdown, they win.
4. If both teams kick field goals, the game goes back to sudden death and the next team to score wins.
Let us know what you think of the new rules for overtime in the playoffs and whether or not you think they should also adopt it for regular season play in 2010.
Thanks to fragilebreath for the picture of the NFL logo.