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Jags are first team to get ball after overtime score

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In 2010, after the Vikings lost to the Saints via a field goal on the first drive of overtime in the 2009 NFC title game, the NFL changed the overtime rules for the postseason.  In 2012, that rule was extended to the regular season, preventing the team that gets the opening kickoff from winning via a first-drive field goal.

And now, fittingly, the Vikings are involved in the first game that uses the new rule.

After the Vikings scored a field goal on the first drive of overtime against the Jaguars, the Jaguars received a chance to tie the game or win it outright.

If, in the end, the Jags win, the Vikings will have been the last team victimized by the old rule — and the first team victimized by the new rule.

UPDATE 4:15 p.m. ET:  And it’s over.  The Jags went four and out, and the Vikings pulled out the win.

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2 Responses to “Jags are first team to get ball after overtime score”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 9, 2012 11:55 PM

    There wasn’t a person in that stadium who knew that the rule had been changed.

  2. krazytrane says: Sep 10, 2012 1:39 AM

    If the team scores a TD on the first drive in OT does that end the game or does the other team get a chance to match any score? Either way, this rule gives the second team the luxury of running a play on 4th down. What do they have to lose? The first team cannot risk it on 4th down bc it would give the opponent great field position. Should just go with the college approach to OT.

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