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NFL's Competition Committee Considers Changing OT Rules

If approved, the rule change would apply to the regular season and playoffs

Report: Colts propose change to NFL overtime rules originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Could we see a change to the overtime rules in the 2022 NFL season?

The Indianapolis Colts have submitted a rule change proposal where both teams would be guaranteed to possess the ball in overtime, according to NFL.com's Judy Battista. The change would apply to both the regular season and postseason.

Under the NFL's current rules, if the team that possesses the ball first in the overtime period scores a touchdown, then the game is over. If a field goal is made instead, then the opposing team has the opportunity to either match the field goal or win with a touchdown.

Debate was sparked around the OT rules following the Kansas City Chiefs' divisional-round victory over the Buffalo Bills this past postseason. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on the opening overtime possession after a thrilling back-and-forth finish to the fourth quarter.

On Tuesday, more than a month after the loss, Bills general manager Brandon Beane threw his support behind a proposal to change the league’s postseason rules.

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“Ours is going to be more instead of one possession and then you get the other possession, is a time, similar to in basketball, you play five minutes,” Beane said.

“Baseball, both teams get the top half and the bottom half (of an inning). So a time limit, and I’m talking about postseason only. That way, both teams will definitely have a chance and maybe even more than one possession.”

The Colts also fell victim to the current rules in 2021, losing to Baltimore in Week 5 after the Ravens found the end zone on the first possession of OT (h/t ESPN's Bill Barnwell).

A total of 24 owners need to vote yes for a rule change to be approved. According to Battista, it's unclear how much support there is to alter the OT rules.

The NFL's Competition Committee is meeting this week in Indianapolis. Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay, who is also the Atlanta Falcons' president and CEO, expected overtime-related proposals to be made, both for the regular season and postseason, and also solely for the postseason.

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