NFL New Overtime Rules For Regular Season 2012

3/28/12 in NFL   |   dazzblack   |   61 respect

The NFL on Wednesday made an announcement regarding a change in the league’s overtime rules. The news was first broken on Twitter by Albert Breer of the NFL Network who stated that the rule change which was implemented in last season’s playoffs will not be in effect during the coming regular season as well. Here is what was tweeted.

“The modified overtime in regular season proposal has passed, as did making all turnovers reviewed.”
The tweet was later explained in a bit more detail by Chris Chase of Yahoo! Sports. Here is an excrept from his article that explained how exactly will these new rules function.

“Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown).

In layman's terms: As Tim Tebow and Demaryius Thomas showed in the AFC wild card, a team will win a game if it scores a touchdown on the first possession of overtime. If a field goal is scored, the game continues and begins as sudden death.”
There is some debate going on whether the new system is better than the old one or not. I will not get into that debate but I would like to say that the general consensus seems to indicate the new rule as being the preferred one. However like every other rule, this also has its pitfalls as explained by Chase in that same article.

“The downsides of the new system will be evident once the following scenario occurs: The receiving team kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball back, converts a do-or-die fourth down on the next possession and goes on to win the game with a touchdown. The inherent advantage of going second, and getting four downs to stay in a game, is an advantage on par with receiving the ball first in sudden death.”

A vote in favour of a modification to the National Football League’s replay guidelines was also made by the owners of the league. According to this new rule, all turnovers will be automatically reviewed and it should eliminate what we call phantom turnovers. If not eliminate, the rate should be reduced to a great extent. But one thing that needs to be noted is that these additional replays will do no good to the flow of the game and I like many other fans believe that it’s going to be extremely frustrating having to sit through so many replays but then again, you don’t want a team to work hard all season only to be undone by a wrong call. Let time be the best judge of the situation.
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