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Owners Approve New OT Rules

According to a report on, the NFL has changed its overtime rules for playoff games.

Starting next season, if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If the game is still tied after that, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. Should the team winning the toss immediately score a touchdown, then the game is over. One final note: a safety instantly wins the game.

Team owners voted 28-4 on Tuesday in favor of the proposal at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. The Eagles were among the 28 teams that voted for the change. The new rule applies only for postseason games, though ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that NFL owners will discuss the issue in May and consider whether to amend the modified OT proposal to also include the regular season for 2010.

"We felt like this year's proposal, which we call 'modified sudden death,' was really an opportunity to make what we think is a pretty good rule -- sudden death even better," Atlanta Falcons president and NFL competition committee co-chair Rich McKay said. "We felt like statistically it needed to be changed, that the (old way) wasn't producing the 'fairest result,' if you will, based on the effect of field-goal accuracy and distance and the drive start."

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that the four teams to vote against the changes were the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings.

Under head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles are 4-7-1 (including playoffs). As a franchise, Philadelphia's overall overtime record stands at 12-16-4. The team's last overtime contest was a forgettable tie against the Bengals on Nov. 16, 2008.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 3:58 p.m., March 23

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