Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor
There has to be a rules change
for NFL playoff games

February 5, 2022 --

No more Sudden Death finishes.

Imagine a baseball game ending when the visiting team scores a run in the top half of the extra inning. Or imagine a basketball game ending with the first basket of overtime. 

That's what the Sudden Death system is for professional football, as demonstrated when the Bills lost to the Chiefs, 42-36, without ever having a chance to to get the ball.

A system of kicking field goals for each eleven would be better than that, borrowing from soccer.

LPR proposes that in the event of a tie score for a play-off game, the teams play an eight-minute overtime period, followed by another eight-minute overtime of the score remains tied after the first overtime.

After all, doesn't the idea of fair play require the end of Sudden Death -- when one of the teams never gets the chance to score.