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Report: NFL Most Likely Shortening Overtime

Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons awaits the overtime coin toss before overtime of Super Bowl LI . His team wrapped up blowing a 25 point lead a few minutes later.
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NFL overtimes have been the subject of debate as long as they have been around.

Several years ago, the NFL changed the “sudden death” rule to allow the kickoff team a chance at an offensive possession if the opponent who received the kickoff scored a field goal on their possession. However, a touchdown by the team who elects to receive ends the game, which occurred most recently at Super Bowl 51 when the Patriots beat the Falcons after Atlanta blew a 25 point lead.

It appears NFL owners are looking to alter the overtime again.

According to Judy Battista of nfl.com, owners expect to approve the proposal to reduce regular season overtime from 15 to 10 minutes.

If time expires in overtime of a regular season game, the contest ends in a tie.

 

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