Because the rule was instituted around 10 months ago but hasn't been relevant until now, you may have forgotten about it. But starting this weekend, there will be a little bit of a twist if any of the playoff games go to overtime. Here's a quick refresher on the new overtime rule.
- If the team that receives the opening kickoff of overtime scores a field goal on their initial possession, the opposition will have one possession to tie the game with a field goal of their own or to win the game with a touchdown. If both teams convert successful field goals on each of their first possessions, the game is then sudden death and there are no more opportunities to match.
- If the team receiving the opening kickoff of overtime scores a touchdown, the game is over. A safety would also end the game if it occurs on the first possession of the period.
- If the team kicking off overtime recovers the kick, either from an onside kick or a fumble, they can win the game with a field goal. The kickoff counts as an opportunity to possess the ball for the receiving team.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:22 p.m., January 4