It's time to apply new overtime rules

Tweaked format will please many, but the need for change remains debatable

Originally Published: January 5, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Those long-complaining finally get their wish starting Saturday. New overtime rules are part of this year's playoffs.

Under the new rules, each team will get a guaranteed possession or the opportunity to possess unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession. If no one scores during the first two possessions of overtime, the game ends automatically on the next score.

In other words, if the team that wins the coin toss gets ...

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