NFL outsmarts itself with new OT ruling

The league had the right idea with the new rule, but executed it poorly

Originally Published: March 23, 2010
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

If it were a punt, the NFL owners just shanked the overtime rules off the side of their foot.

The problem isn't the new sudden-death rule. The new rule is better than the old rule. Rock, paper, scissors was better than the old rule.

At least now a team won't be at the total mercy of something as silly and arbitrary as a coin flip. Under the just-passed OT rule -- hey, health care and NFL overtime reform all in the same week! -- you no longer can win the toss and then win the game on ...

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