The rules change for playoff and Super Bowl overtimes went from proposal to law today as the owners voted 28-4 to adopt the Competition Committee's recommendation. And apparently they thought enough of it that they'll discuss it further at the May owner's meeting for purposes of employing it for the regular season, too.
You'll remember the committee came up with a format that will end the game after the first possession only in the event of a touchdown. If the first team scores a field goal, the opponent then gets a chance. If the opponent ties with a field goal, the game goes into true sudden death.
Only the Bills, Vikings, Ravens, and Bengals voted no, a big switch from last week when it was thought the measure didn't have the 24 votes to pass. The Giants, who engaged in the league's first overtime game in 1958 against the Colts, favored from the start the first overtime overhaul since that game.
Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay said they kept the rules restricted to the postseason because of the ramifications.
"Part of the reason we have different rules is we have different consequences," McKay said. "The consequences in the postseason are, go home if you don't win. In the regular season, we have 15 other games."
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