NFL Changes Overtime Rules for Playoff Games

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The NFL has changed its overtime rules for playoff games.

Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball.

If the game is still tied after that, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. Should the team winning the toss immediately score a touchdown, then the game is over.

Team owners voted 28-4 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal at the NFL meetings. The new rule applies only for postseason games.


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