Travis Kelce on overtime: The rules are the rules

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Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and the rest of the team’s offense didn’t get a chance to enter the field during overtime in the AFC Championship, because the Patriots won the toss, took the ball, drove down the field, scored a touchdown, and won the game.
Appearing recently on #PFTPM, Kelce opted for acceptance over anger with the outcome.
“You can say it’s frustrating,” Kelce said. “It’s the way the game played out. Those are the rules, the rules are the rules, you know that going into overtime. You’ve just got to lean on your defense or your teammates to try and come up with a few plays and get you the ball back. But hats off the to the Patriots for what they did. They stuck it out. The moved the ball down field and sure enough they won the game because of it.”
Given that the Chiefs would like to change the rules, Kelce was asked for his position on a possible adjustment that would guarantee a possession for the team that kicks off to start overtime.
“I’m here and there about it,” Kelce said. “It is what it is. The rules are the rules at this point. So whatever it is, we’ve just got to find a way to win.”
The rules are indeed the rules, and the rules could be changing later this month, particularly for the playoffs. We’ll possibly have more on that later tonight.

16 responses to “Travis Kelce on overtime: The rules are the rules

  1. keep in mind howie roseman is the worst gm in sports he got rid of nick foles the super bowl mvp who made the playoffs again the next year and won a playoff game while wentz has never even won a playoff game.

  2. just rememeber no team will ever sniff a super bowl with desean jackson in their clubhouse

  3. If both teams has to have a possession, every coach will defer possession. Of course you would. On 4th down you would have the option of knowing if you need 3 or 7. Too far out for 3? 3rd and 4th down, you do a Jumpball Joe toss – bound to be some element of P.I. on instant replay now.
    Keep it the same!!!

  4. lgw91s says:
    May 2, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    If both teams has to have a possession, every coach will defer possession. Of course you would. On 4th down you would have the option of knowing if you need 3 or 7. Too far out for 3? 3rd and 4th down, you do a Jumpball Joe toss – bound to be some element of P.I. on instant replay now.
    Keep it the same!!!
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    I agree with the “Keep it the same” conclusion, but not so sure every coach would defer possession. Overtime period is only 10 minutes. An opening TD drive could take about 8 of those minutes leaving only 2 minutes for the other team to score and tie it up again.

  5. Refreshing to hear a guy who isn’t salty. Good for him. Chiefs had 60mins home-field advantage. And to me giving the other team a possession IF their D can hold to a FG is the right balance between teams who are all offense and those whose strength is on D.

  6. Yup, four downs a series is much easier than three. Maybe a way around that is to only allow three downs a series to team getting the ball after the first team gets a touchdown. That actually levels the playing field, so to speak.

    In the case of the Chiefs, their coach and GM are whining and making excuses, but the players aren’t. Good to see they have character. “Everyone knows the rules”.

  7. It’s not as if the defense had to force a punt either. If they had just held the Patriots to a FG, thr game would have gone on. If they held the Patriots to a FG on any one of those other 4th quarter possessions, the chiefs would not have even needed OT.

  8. If this rule changes, and the Patriots are in a playoff game that goes into overtime, and the Patriots lose the toss, and the other team scores…but now (instead of the game being over) Brady gets an extra chance and Patriots wind up winning, thats going to be wild.

  9. Props to Travis for his answer… for others that are STILL crying about the lose, BooHoo…. move on and focus on this season.

  10. If the new rule is in place, and neither team scores (or both score same amount), the coin flip winner STILL has the advantage as they can win without the other team getting a shot. It doesn’t solve anything.

  11. “Maybe a way around that is to only allow three downs a series to team getting the ball after the first team gets a touchdown. That actually levels the playing field, so to speak.”

    Uh no, limiting the 2nd team to 3 downs would not “level the playing field”, it would screw them to the wall.

    The rules are fine as is. If the Chiefs had won not one single person, including anyone in the Pats organization, would be crying for this rules change.

  12. Seems like every time a rule benefits the Patriots, there’s an outcry to change the rule! Isn’t defense still a part of the game? Make a stop or force a FG and you have a chance. The Saints won the coin toss in the NFC Championship game. Why didn’t the League just hand them the trophy if it’s all about the coin toss?

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