Why The NFL Needs to Rethink Overtime Policy
WHY THE NFL NEEDS TO ADOPT A NEW OVERTIME POLICY - JAN 19 2016
For the past 2 seasons now, Aaron Rodgers has seen his season end on a coin flip. In 2014, after a historic comeback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks forced overtime by tying the game with a miracle two point conversion. One would think after a successful onside kick and an even more improbable two point conversion, that luck would fall on the side of Green Bay. That was not to be the case. Green Bay lost the coin flip, and the rest is history. Some may say that the recent update to the overtime rule was sufficient, and that now each team will have an opportunity to posses the ball so long as the first team does not score a touchdown. But as we have seen numerous times since this rule was put in place, teams who win the coin toss continue to have a huge advantage.
You would think that after 60 minutes of football one would understand that defenses are exhausted, and therefore are at a considerable disadvantage in comparison to the offenses who are not having to expend the same amount of energy to chase the other team's every move. Since overtime was implemted in 1974, The team that has won the toss has won 52% of its games, while the losing side has one just 43.4%. That's an almost 10% disadvantage to the team losing the coin flip. But it gets worse. When you consider that many of the team's with great offenses often have medicore defenses, the results are often even more lopsided in favor of the team winning the coin toss. Does anyone remember the Seahawks-Broncos game in Week 3? Peyton Manning orchestrated a historic drive down the field in less than 60 seconds and capped off the drive with an incredible 2 point conversion. All was to be for not when the Seahawks emerged victorious in the coin toss. The game ended, and the world was robbed of the opportunity to see Manning have his chance to knot things back up. You can see a recap of the game here:
If you thought Manning's performance in the last sixty seconds of this game was impressive, you can times that by a factor of 100 when comparing what Aaron Rodgers pulled off this week in the divisional round against Arizona. With the ball on the Packer's own 5 yard line, Rodgers launches a bomb on 4th and 20. The catch was just as incredible as the throw, and with that the Packers had life. But 3 downs later, and only 5 seconds remaining in the game, the Packers were 50 yards and 5 seconds away from being done. Yet once again, Rodgers pulls off arguably the most incredible throw ever seen in NFL history. Launching another 50 yard bomb while falling away and off balance – only to be delivered on target to Jeff Janis for a most improbable score with exactly zero seconds left on the clock. The NFL world was stunned. This kind of play simply does not happen, and certainly not 2 times in a row on the same drive. You can see the highlights of this second hail marry here.
But then after all the hoopla and mania that ensued after the Packers tying the knot, the entire game came down to a futile coin toss. A coin toss that was so ridiculous, not even the ref could make it work. He had to toss it twice!!
So after the second toss, and one throw to Larry Fitzgerald later, the game is all but over. Is this really what the fans want? I don't think so. Even if you hate the Packers, how can you not drool over the thought of Rodgers getting his chance? The NFL has got to change these absurd rules, and give the game back to the players to decide, rather than some meaningless coin toss!! Please let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments section below!!
By: Wes Hopkins
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