NFL Overtime rule proposal gets Goodell's approval

3/22/10 in NFL   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

They might have to call it the "Favre Rule".

The NFC Championship game featuring the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings went into overtime, some would say entirely as a result of Brett Favre throwing an interception.  As is traditional in the NFL, the next "quarter" is begun almost as a new game, with the coin toss.  The New Orleans Saints won the toss, and the game.  They would also go on to win the 2010 Superbowl.

The proposal is that the team losing the coin toss, then surrenduring a field goal on the first possession would subsequently have an opportunity to also score.  The game would not end with the field goal, in other words, but would continue on with the other team being granted an offensive possession.  The suggestion is based on the almost 60/40 split in the win column for the winner of the coin toss.

Goodell had this to say:

“This stays true to the integrity of the game. The competition committee has come up with something very much worth considering. It keeps the tradition of sudden death, and I think it is responsive to some of the issues that have been brought up.

“It’s getting a lot of thought. It’s got potential to be a better system.”

In order to pass, the proposal win need to have the vote of 24 of the 32 Team Owners.

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