Is the current overtime rule in the NFL unfair?

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The Buffalo Bills were eliminated Sunday in the Divisional Round in overtime in a memorable game against the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 42-36, among other things, this game could be the watershed for another rule change regarding the overtime format in the NFL.

The controversy was sparked because the Bills offense, led by quarterback Josh Allen, could not touch the ball after regular time expired, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs took possession and ended the game with an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce.

What is the current overtime rule?

According to the current overtime rules in the NFL, if a team takes the ball on the first offensive series and scores a touchdown the game is over, if a field goal is generated, the opponent can either match it and then the game is over with the next touchdown or get a touchdown and end the game there.

From 1958 to 2010, the overtime ended with any touchdown, even a field goal and 11 seasons ago the rule was changed to the one mentioned above but only for postseason games, in 2012 the half was adopted also for the regular season.

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It was in 2017 that the overtime clock was changed from 15 minutes to 10 minutes during the regular season, but remained at the length of a regular quarter for the postseason.

The rule change the Chiefs were denied

In 2019, the Chiefs, who had lost the AFC Championship Game to the New England Patriots, proposed not to end overtime with an opening touchdown, their proposal was not even voted on because they did not have support from the rest of the owners, today that rule that was not changed, played in their favor.

Another proposal is to use the college football rule where both teams have possession from the opponent's 25 yard line, and if they are still tied after two possessions, they are obliged to try a two point conversion after scoring a touchdown, and so on until someone scores more than the other.

We will see if during the next Owners' Meeting, any change is made or if the current status is maintained.

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