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Quick Refresher On Playoff OT Rule

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

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