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Vikings undecided on overtime rule

The coach of the team most likely to want to see the current overtime rules change officially has no position on a proposal that would extend the game that results in a first-drive field goal.

Vikings coach Brad Childress has yet to make up his mind.

“Part of me doesn’t want to screw around with what’s been [the
practice],” Childress said, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.  “And part of me says, let’s give it a
swing.”

The Vikings lost in the NFC title game to the Saints, after the Saints won the toss and drove into field goal range, the first time a conference championship has been decided on the first drive of overtime.

Childress’ reluctance to vote for the change possibly flows from the reality that, as a reader has pointed out, the Vikings’ next trip to the Super Bowl would then result in Minnesota winning the toss in overtime, scoring a field goal on the first drive . . . and then giving up a touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff.

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24 Responses to “Vikings undecided on overtime rule”
  1. Vikes#28Owns says: Mar 21, 2010 9:33 PM

    Are you going to do this for every team Florio? I realize that the Vikings probably had the biggest impact of the rules in the playoffs.

  2. stopwest says: Mar 21, 2010 9:41 PM

    I dunno if this has been covered already, but what would happen under this proposal if the team that wins the cointoss is held to a field goal—and then subsequently holds the other team to a field goal, retying the score?

  3. Cushing Will Kill You says: Mar 21, 2010 9:43 PM

    They can combine Mike Florio’s two favorite topics, overtime and the Rooney Rule.
    If it’s tied after the fourth quarter, they give each team one possession and only one possession. If it’s still tied after that, whoever has the most black players wins.

  4. 1mge says: Mar 21, 2010 9:46 PM

    Go Vikings, win another Superbowl!!

  5. Big BrEasy says: Mar 21, 2010 9:48 PM

    LMAO!!! You said it right Florio, no matter what the rules are, Queens always choke. They cannot help it, it is just their nature. Can’t wait until this rematch that Pervy seems to think they can win.
    BREES>FAVRE

  6. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 21, 2010 9:50 PM

    It only affects post season games. Probably a non-factor for a few years.

  7. philwauke says: Mar 21, 2010 10:11 PM

    Remember when Farve threw the interception to force overtime?

  8. drew10 says: Mar 21, 2010 10:13 PM

    BrEasy- “Queens always choke. They cannot help it, it is just their nature.”
    By choke do you mean lose the turnover battle by 4 and still get to overtime against your team?
    Everyone’s favorite response to overtime is that the team that loses on the first possession in overtime had every chance to win the game in regulation while failing to recognize that the other team also had every chance to win the game in regulation. Then, thanks to a coin toss and sudden death rules, occasionally only one team is given a shot at redemption. The NFC Championship game was one such occasion and it may have cost a team a shot at a SuperBowl, which isn’t right.
    If anyone seriously thinks that you are given just as fair a shot at scoring while starting on defense as opposed to offense, you are an idiot.
    The current system is flawed. If you fail to recognize that, you are a Communist.

  9. brownout says: Mar 21, 2010 10:14 PM

    The biggest issue right now is not OT but the large number of “non-calls” that occur at critical moments, such as the roughing the passer call that should have been made in the NFC title game and the block in the back on Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl on the interception return. An official sitting in the booth that could make calls on the spot without delaying the game would rectify this.

  10. Pestilence1972 says: Mar 21, 2010 10:14 PM

    Glad to see that our beloved Vikings are starting to get the recognition they deserve for being the Cubs of the NFL.
    4 Lost Superbowls
    Drew Pearson’s push off (that whole game was a mess)
    ’87 Darren Nelson’s drop on the goal line (NFC Champ Game)
    ’98 Season, 15-1, Take a Knee, Missed FG, OT Loss (NFC Champ Game)
    2000 41-0 (NFC Champ Game)
    PA’s haunting call (NO! NO! NO!) against the Cards (Playoffs)
    ’09 season of Lord Favre, refs tilt the game in OT (NFC Champ Game)
    Or, how bout the qualitative view:
    Keith Millard’s “guns”
    Les Steckel
    Randy Moss mooning
    Randy Moss water bottle vs side judge
    Randy Moss 40% rule
    Mike Tice opening his mouth
    Mike Tice ticket scandal
    Drafting a guy named Underwood with no background check
    Childress calling Belicheck a liar on national radio
    Childress making fun of Jeff George to national media
    The Love Boat
    Dennis Green detailing a coup to take ownership of the team
    Dennis Green sexual harrassment
    Cris Carter not in the Hall of Fame
    Gophers and Twins obtaining public financing for stadiums. Not Vikes.
    Spergeon Wynn – starting QB in the NFL.
    Not drafting Marcus Allen (Darren Nelson)
    The Hershel Walker Trade = Cowboys 3 SuperBowl titles
    Tears are streaming down my cheeks. What did I miss?

  11. favre uses allens mullet as handlebars says: Mar 21, 2010 10:30 PM

    Favre dont know if they should change it either.

  12. Bart says: Mar 21, 2010 10:44 PM

    I agree with much of the sentiment above about the officiating:
    look at the Tards vs Pack: In OT Rodgers was hit in the head by Berry and the next play he was facemasked by Adams and neither was called by the Scott Green… how the heck does the ref miss those calls when his sole mission is to pay attention to what happens to the QB?
    long live Bill Leavy and his XL crew

  13. bluestree says: Mar 21, 2010 10:45 PM

    Pestilence ’72;
    Jim Marshall wrong way run
    Carl Eller takes a shockin’ but keeps on rockin’
    The Humpty Dump
    A dude with long, gold braids
    Actually, Carl Eller’s pretty impressive.

  14. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 21, 2010 10:47 PM

    There should be no overtime. Play only 4 quarters and if you are tied, then that is what the tie column is for.
    If late in the season a tie is no good for you, then play balls out.
    …but then I guess that would require math.

  15. PackFanNChiTown says: Mar 21, 2010 10:49 PM

    God forbid Favre not be allowed another chance to make the SB after throwing yet another interception…

  16. Randomjim says: Mar 21, 2010 11:04 PM

    I read somewhere that there was a push of “Benchwarmer Bob Lurtsama” backwards into Bob Greise which was called a penalty giving the dolphins a 1st down, after they had been stopped & they went on to score & go ahead & win & keep their perfect season. I was too young to remember, so I’m just going on the article I read.

  17. Mason222 says: Mar 21, 2010 11:06 PM

    Childress should worry more about the Widcat I coached him to install before the NFC Championship and we wouldnt be having this Vote. Not to mention if the Zebras called the Game correctly.

  18. Randomjim says: Mar 21, 2010 11:07 PM

    Vikes#28Owns says:
    March 21, 2010 9:33 PM
    Are you going to do this for every team Florio? I realize that the Vikings probably had the biggest impact of the rules in the playoffs.
    He has already done one on the Lions.

  19. Mason222 says: Mar 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    There is No REAL FOOTBALL fan thats played and KNOWS the Game that in thier Heart of Hearts doesnt doubt the Vikes were the BEST TEAM in Football last year Lets all STOP PRETENDING the Game wasnt Fixed. Not to mention the SuperBowl Ive been a Fan for 40 years Played and Know that one headset to Another and the Chips fall where Vegas wants…

  20. funkydunkleman says: Mar 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    @Pestilence1972
    We’ve had plenty of memorable moments since the super bowl losses though
    1987 upsetting the 49ers is the playoffs
    1994 Carter’s OT catch against the Bears
    1996 Beating the Packers in 1996, giving them one of their three losses in their SB run
    1998 Moss’ coming out game vs. GB on MNF
    1998 Moss’ beatdown of the Cowboys, 3 rec, 163 yds, 3 td
    1999 defeating Troy Aikman in his last playoff game
    2002 needing an xp to tie the saints, but go for 2 to win, Culpepper fumbles the snap, picks it up & dives in, Vikes win 32-31
    2003 upsetting the 12-2 chiefs 45-20 in their only good season in recent memory
    2003 Randy’s miracle lateral to Moe Williams at the end of the half vs. the broncos to score a TD
    2004 upsetting the Packers 31-17 in the wild card round, also included Moss’ mooning
    2005 Paul Endinger’s 56 yarder to beat the packer as time expires
    2005 Brad Johnson taking over for Culpepper, cleaning up his mess and going 7-2, almost getting us to the playoffs
    2006 Childress winning his first game ever vs. the Redskinson a last second FG
    2007 Adrian beating the Bears, almost single handedly (he can’t kick field goals)
    2007 Adrian beating the Chargers, single handedly, gets 296
    2008 Dan Orlovsky running for his life from Jared Allen out of the endzone
    2008 beating the Saints on a late FG, 30-27 on MNF
    2008 Aaron Rodgers puts up 2 safeties, AD wins us the game with a 29 yd TD
    2008 Longwell’s 50 yarder game winner vs. the Giants clinches the division for us
    2009 Favre starts us out with 6 wins straight
    2009 Favre’s pass to Greg Lewis. Oh my heavens.
    2009 Favre beatdown of the Pack on MNF
    2009 Nearly shutout the Giants to finish the season 12-4
    2009 Stomping of the Cowboys in the Divisional round
    So there are a lot of bright Viking moments there too.

  21. Gautam says: Mar 21, 2010 11:22 PM

    “I dunno if this has been covered already, but what would happen under this proposal if the team that wins the cointoss is held to a field goal—and then subsequently holds the other team to a field goal, retying the score?”
    it becomes sudden death with the first team to score any way winning the game

  22. RaiderhateR4Life says: Mar 21, 2010 11:44 PM

    funkydunkleman- get a life bro

  23. irishgary says: Mar 22, 2010 8:01 AM

    @drew10
    By choke do you mean lose the turnover battle by 4 and still get to overtime against your team
    No by choke we mean 5 turnovers……. Moron

  24. chickenragnar says: Mar 22, 2010 1:31 PM

    irishgary says:
    March 22, 2010 8:01 AM
    @drew10
    By choke do you mean lose the turnover battle by 4 and still get to overtime against your team
    No by choke we mean 5 turnovers……. Moron
    ==============================
    Priceless!
    Reading comprehension, Gary. Look into it.

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