Sunday, January 23, gave us one of many nice playoff video games in trendy NFL historical past. After an epic show of spectacular offensive soccer from each groups, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs took a four-point lead with a little bit over a minute left on an extended move from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill. Then, in lower than 50 seconds, Josh Allen’s Buffalo Payments eked forward by three factors due to a formidable Gabriel Davis landing. With 13 seconds to go, Mahomes moved the ball down the sphere and the Chiefs pulled out a 50-yard subject purpose as time expired. This absolute nail-biter was headed, fittingly, to extra time…and an inevitably disappointing conclusion.
The league’s present guidelines for additional play have been maligned just about since they have been modified for the 2010 postseason.Right here’s how they work: a coin flip decides which crew begins with the soccer in OT. If that crew scores a landing, the sport is over; in the event that they don’t rating a landing, the opposite crew will get an opportunity to reply, and in the event that they rating a landing, the sport is over; if both crew scores a subject purpose, the opposite crew will get an opportunity to reply. (Within the common season, if the rating is tied on the finish of the 10-minute extra time interval then the sport is formally a tie. However within the postseason, they’ll play extra overtimes as wanted, with a brand new coin toss approaching the fourth OT.)
In different phrases, it’s primarily first landing wins, which has the obtrusive shortcoming of doubtless denying one crew an opportunity on offense.This has given us some memorable performs, like Tim Tebow’s 80-yard game-winning pass to Demaryius Thomas within the playoffs in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers, however it could additionally depart a bitter style within the mouths of tens of millions of followers. A sports analytics Twitter account noted that within the final 11 extra time video games, the crew that gained the coin toss is 10-1, which means that crew has a giant benefit based mostly purely on luck.
When Mahomes hit Travis Kelce with an eight-yard move in the long run zone, we have been robbed of the prospect to see whether or not Allen may pull off yet one more miracle.
At present, the extra time guidelines are below extra scrutiny than ever earlier than. Many followers are in favor of seeing the NFL move towards the college football overtime model, which results in some pretty amazing shootouts. As a substitute of going the size of the sphere, the ball is positioned on the opponent’s 25-yard line and every crew has one possession to attain. If neither comes out forward, within the second OT groups can’t kick additional factors on touchdowns, they usually must play for two-point conversions. (Current rule modifications say that by the third extra time, groups alternate two-point conversion makes an attempt as an alternative of regular offensive collection in an try to carry a few faster decision.)
Groups and coaches are effectively conscious of the NFL guidelines going into the sport, and to his credit score, Josh Allen was magnanimous after the loss, saying “The principles are what they're, and I can not complain about that 'trigger if it was the opposite approach round, we might be celebrating, too.”
The disappointing ending of Payments-Chiefs has created renewed requires rule modifications within the league. Now, will the NFL truly do one thing about this? It’s a toss-up.