A team will no longer be eliminated from an NFL postseason like the Buffalo Bills did at the Kansas City Chiefs in January’s divisional playoff game.
The league adopted a rule change at the NFL annual meeting at The Breakers on Tuesday that ensures both teams will receive at least one possession in overtime for postseason games. The rule change does not affect regular season games, where overtime rules remain the same.
The NFL accepted the proposal made by the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles, but amended it to be implemented only in the playoffs. The league withdrew the alternative proposal made by the Tennessee Titans, in which a game could also end, as the first team to own the ball in overtime, achieving a touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Dolphins were one of three teams, along with the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, who voted against the rule change.
In January’s Chiefs-Bills game, the Chiefs won the overtime coin toss and eliminated the Bills by scoring a touchdown, thrown by Patrick Mahomes to tighthead Travis Kelce, without ever playing defense in overtime. The two teams showed up in overtime after combining for 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation. The Chiefs switched a match-equal field goal to send it to the extra period, despite receiving the ball with 13 seconds left.
NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay cited statistics that showed that since the NFL’s overtime rules changed in 2010, the team that won the overtime coin toss was 10-2, including seven wins that occurred during first-ride view.
“Those data were compelling for us and for the league,” McKay said. “[We decided to] just change the rule in the post-season, this is where our problem mainly lay, as far as having that first-possession attack. ”
If both teams remain tied after the two have a possession, overtime then suddenly dies. McKay said he believes teams may feel motivated to go for two when the second team scores. The time on the clock in overtime will not take into account a team’s second possession, which allows it a full possession, regardless of the time remaining after the first team has scored.
The 2010 overtime rule change first meant that the team that owns the ball first in overtime had to score a touch point to win immediately, counteracting the league’s spot-head improvement that allowed overtime matches to end on a long field goal without both teams played. offensive.
The NFL has also reviewed mocking penalties, citing the importance of sportsmanship and example set for college football and lower levels.
According to executive vice president Troy Vincent, new Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill’s peace sign when he scored a touchdown against the Bills for the Chiefs in the aforementioned playoffs had to be called annoying.
The competition committee also made last year’s rule change permanent which limited reception teams to attempts to act with nine players in the draft zone. Originally intended for a one-season trial in 2021, the change led to an increase from a 7.8 percent on-kick recovery rate to 13.5, which is historically the rate at which off-roaders are recovered in the NFL after a variance over the previous three seasons.