The NFL Overtime Rules Are Garbage

It’s the Year of Our Lord 2022 and NFL Playoff games are still being decided by coin tosses.

What an absolute joke.

Josh Allen doesn’t even get to touch the ball in overtime?

How is that acceptable?

Two teams play their hearts out for 60 minutes, and then the NFL says it’s all down to a coin toss.

There is no good reason you shouldn’t be given a chance to respond if you start overtime on defense.

The only thing people will say is, “sHoUldN’t hAvE LeT tHeM sCoRe oN yA!!!!”

You’re going to pin the whole game on a defense that is completely gassed? Fuck outta here.

Who’s to say the Chiefs’ defense would have been able to stop the Bills had the Bills won the coin toss?

This was an absolutely incredible weekend of NFL Playoff Football. This game itself was one of the best football games I’ve ever seen in my life–regulation time, that is. And it ended with a big, fat disappointment. The Buffalo Bills were victimized by a terrible rule, like so many teams before them.

The game should not end just because one team scores a TD. The other team’s offense should have a chance to respond.

Make it so that they have to go for 2, I’m fine with that. Can’t have these games going on too long.

Add this Chiefs-Bills game to the list of NFL Playoff games decided by a coin flip.

We’ve even had a Super Bowl decided on a coin flip! Everyone always talks about the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl because of 28-3, and rightly so, but what no one ever talks about is how big of a travesty it was that the Falcons lost the Super Bowl on a coin flip.

The team that wins the coin flip almost always wins.

  1. ✅ Tonight’s Bills Chiefs game.
  2. ✅ The 2018 AFC Championship Game: the Patriots won the coin flip and won the game on their opening possession.
  3. ✅ 2016 Super Bowl: Patriots won the coin flip and won the game on their opening possession.
  4. ✅ 2015 Divisional Round: Cardinals 26-Packers 20. Cardinals won the coin flip and won the game on their opening possession.
  5. ✅ 2014 NFC Championship Game: Seahawks 28-Packers 22. Seahawks won the coin flip and won the game on their opening possession.
  6. ❌ 2012 Divisional Round: Ravens 38-Broncos 35. This game was one of the rare exceptions where the game wasn’t decided on the opening drive of OT. In fact it went to 2OT.
  7. ✅ 2011 Wild Card Round: Broncos 29-Steelers 23. The famous Tim Tebow to Demariyus Thomas (RIP) walk-off. Denver won the coin toss and won the game on their first possession.
  8. ❌ 2011 NFC Championship Game: Giants 20-49ers 17. The 49ers won the toss but couldn’t get anything going on offense. They punted, and the Giants won the game on a walk-off field goal.
  9. ✅ 2009 NFC Championship Game: Saints 31, Vikings 28. This was when the overtime rules were even worse than they are today. The Saints won the coin toss and then the game on a field goal on their opening drive of OT. Brett Favre and the Vikings didn’t get a chance to respond.
  10. ❌ 2009 Wild Card Round: Cardinals 51-Packers 45. This is another exception to the rule. The Packers won the coin toss, but Karlos Dansby stripped Aaron Rodgers and the Cardinals returned the fumble for a TD, ending the game.
  11. ✅ 2008 Wild Card Round: Chargers 23-Colts 17. Chargers won the coin flip and then won the game on their opening possession. Peyton Manning doesn’t get a chance to answer.
  12. ❌ 2006 Divisional Round: Bears 27-Seahawks 24. The Seahawks did actually win the coin toss in this game, but had to punt. The Bears won the game on a field goal after the Seattle punt.
  13. ❌ 2004 Divisional Round: Steelers 20-Jets 17. Jets won the toss, but had to punt. The Steelers then won the game on a walk-off field goal.
  14. ✅ 2002 Divisional Round: Titans 34-Steelers 31. Titans won the toss, and then won the game on a field goal on their opening possession.
  15. ✅ 2001 Divisional Round: Patriots 16-Raiders 13. The infamous “Tuck Rule” game. The Patriots won the coin toss and then won the game on a field goal in overtime.

Teams that win the opening coin toss of overtime are 10-5 dating back to 2001. The last time an NFL playoff overtime game wasn’t decided on the opening drive was in 2012.

Look, I’m not even a Bills fan or anything. I just think the NFL’s overtime rules suck. I think it’s completely asinine that NFL playoff games–including the SUPER BOWL–are decided by coin flips.

Make it so both teams are guaranteed a possession. Hell, they can even go to the college football overtime rules–anything but this.

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