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NFL in Defense Over its Overtime Rules After Bills Vs. Cheifs Game

Written by on January 25, 2022

If you are a fan of football, odds are you were sitting on the edge of your seat Sunday night as the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Cheifs went head to head to see who would advance into the playoffs. It was down to the wire, with both teams scoring multiple touchdowns, ultimately tieing in the end, heading into overtime. Well since the ending of the game, with the Chiefs winning after gaining the first touchdown in overtime, the NFL’s rules for overtime games are once again being questioned because unlike many other sports, pro football’s rules don’t require that both teams have a chance to score in overtime.

Currently, as it stands, the NFL’s rules for its 15 minute overtime states: “Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra period unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner.”

Many football fans felt a bit deflated by how it ended after the back-and-forth duel between explosive talents like QB Josh Allen and the Bills had no opportunity to answer Cheif’s QB Patrick Mahomes’ last shot.

Source: NPR

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