In the aftermath of the 2009 NFC title game, which the Saints won over the Vikings in overtime on a first-drive field goal, the NFL changed the overtime rules, allowing the game to continue if the team that receives the opening kickoff in the extra period scores only three points.
The game ends if the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown on the opening drive. Which is what the Seahawks did to the Packers today. Which should renew discussion and debate about potential improvements to the overtime rules.
Why is it not enough to win the game with a first-drive field goal but sufficient to do so with a touchdown? It felt like a half measure when the NFL adjusted the rules five years ago. Why not — especially in the postseason — give the Packers a chance to show that the can drive right down the field and score a touchdown, too? Any other outcome leaves too much to the chance bounce of a coin.
Thoughts? Opinions? Ideas? Proceed.