March 28, 2012

NFL Extends Playoff Overtime Rules to Regular Season: By a 30-2 vote, NFL owners have approved the use of the new playoff overtime rules in the regular season. No longer can an NFL game end in overtime when the receiving team marches down the field on the first possession and kicks a field goal. In another change, too many men on the field becomes a dead ball foul.

posted by rcade to football at 02:54 PM - 5 comments

Wonder if one of the no votes came from the Lions, who must still savor the memory of the refs fucking up the coin toss in their Thanksgiving Day game against the Steelers a few years back, effectively giving them (the Lions) the win.

posted by beaverboard at 05:47 PM on March 28, 2012

But when the first team scores a touchdown, the game still ends; the opposing side does not get the ball. Explain how one possession is equal to no possessions.

As for too many men being a dead-ball foul, huh? The foul isn't committed until the ball is snapped. I'm asking for logic from the NFL ... oh ...

posted by jjzucal at 07:57 PM on March 28, 2012

The 12-men change is because of the Super Bowl, presumably. The Giants had 12 men out there, stopped the Patriots, ate up some clock and just got a five-yard penalty.

Aren't there some dead ball penalties that can't be flagged until the snap? Offsides is blown dead when the defender has a clear path to murder the quarterback.

posted by rcade at 09:02 PM on March 28, 2012

Yeah, the dead-ball call for too many men is the right idea. It should be handled the same way as too many men in the huddle.

posted by grum@work at 09:54 PM on March 28, 2012

Art Rooney II of the Steelers was the only owner to vote against replays on every turnover, and the Steelers proposed rule to disallow horse collar tackles of QBs was not passed. [via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

posted by scully at 12:29 PM on March 29, 2012

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