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NFL's New OT Rules Will Apply in 2012

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    Tebow magic reached its height last season on Wild Card weekend of the NFL playoffs when Tebow and his Denver Broncos hosted the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

    It didn't take long for the NFL's new overtime rules to be put to the test after the rule was passed prior to the 2011 season but would only be an option for postseason games, not regular season ones.

    The rule basically makes NFL overtime similar to college football in that both teams have a chance with the ball in order to prevent the lame ending of a team getting the ball, marching down to the 20-yard line and kicking a field goal to win in sudden death.

    There was one caveat to the rule though. If a team scores a touchdown on its first possession, the game is over. We all know what happened on that night, and the Steelers learned the rule the hard way when Tebow found Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime for a long touchdown catch to eliminate the Steelers.

    On Wednesday, the NFL owners passed the rule change for the regular season in 2012, meaning no more kickers will win games in sudden death, which is always a good thing.

    The vote on passing the rule change was 30-2. Wonder if one of those two was the good ol' Rooney family?