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NFL Overtime Rule Change Is Coming


As the NFL holds its annual meetings, the owners are debating a change to Rule 16, governing overtime. Dan reminds us that NFL rule changes are always driven by specific events on the field, and this one stems from the overtime game between the Chiefs and the Bills where Josh Allen never got to touch the ball. The new rule will likely allow for play to continue if the game is still tied after each team has had one possession, regardless of what type of score was made (barring safeties). With a history of reactionary rule changes in the NFL, this adjustment seems inevitable.

Dan Patrick: “Because of what happened with the Chiefs and the Bills with Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, where people felt; how could you not give Josh Allen a chance with the ball in overtime? And I think that’s what led us to it. And a lot of rule changes happen because something happens where we demand change, and I think that’s what’s going to happen here...”