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In response to: How Would You Make OT More Fair?

The above is a decent proposal. Keep the sudden death, but first to score six in OT wins. Not bad.

I always thought the rule only needed to be modified just a wee bit: ensure both teams get at least one possession in OT. If the team that wins the coin flip (Team A) kicks a FG, then they have to kick-off to the opposing team (Team B) and then the contest is decided by that possession. If Team B can drive to a winning TD, great. If they have to punt, then Team A wins. If Team B also kicks a FG, then the next team to score wins. If Team A does not score on its first possession, then the normal sudden death rules apply. If OT ends tied, then we still have a tie.

My solution would eliminate the gripes about the current OT rules favoring the team that wins the coin toss. It would virtually force Team B to go for it on fourth down on its first possession of OT (provided Team A scored), because giving the ball back means a loss. It's a fairly simple concept, and it doesn't change the nature of the game. Both teams have to play both offense and defense in OT. I can't believe it hasn't been suggested before.

Posted by: bigboid | March 19, 2009 12:17 PM

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