Coming off a postseason that saw two games decided in overtime, NFL team owners approved on Tuesday an overtime rule change in the playoffs.
Starting in the upcoming 2010 season, overtime in the postseason won’t always be “sudden death.” If a team wins the coin toss and drives down the field for a touchdown, the game is still over. But if the team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball with a chance to either tie the game with a field goal or win it with a touchdown.
If the game is tied after both teams have had a posession, play will continue under the normal “sudden death” rules.
The owners voted 28-4 in favor of the proposal at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The Broncos were among the 28 teams that approved the rule change.
“We always talk about situational football with (Head) Coach (Josh) McDaniels, and I’m sure he’ll have us prepared however it turns out,” Renaldo Hill said earlier in the day. “There’s always some new wrinkle that they have in the league each year, and we’ll be prepared.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com