Bills propose postseason overtime rules change based on time, not possessions

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The Bills never got a chance to match the Chiefs in overtime of their divisional-round playoff game after Kansas City won the coin toss and drove for a winning touchdown. It could spur a change to the postseason overtime rules.

The Colts have proposed an overtime rules change that would guarantee each team a possession in the regular season and the postseason.

The Bills’ proposal is tied to time, not possessions.

“I do think there will be some changes,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday. “I don’t know how many proposals (there have been). We definitely out our stamp on one. Ours is going to be more, without getting into detail, instead of one possession and then another possession, is the time. You know, similar to basketball. You play five minutes of basketball. Both teams get (a chance). You know, baseball, there’s the top half and the bottom half. So a time limit, and we’re talking about the postseason only, to play it out. And that way, both teams will definitely have a chance and maybe even more than one possession.”

The Bills and Chiefs combined for 25 points in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Josh Allen never got a chance to match Patrick Mahomes in overtime. One of the greatest games in NFL history left everyone, except the Chiefs and their fans, wanting.

“I just think let’s play it out, a certain amount of time,” Beane said. “I don’t know that that’ll be the final result in March at the owners meetings, but I think there’s gonna be some good proposals and hopefully it at least comes to the point where both teams get an opportunity.”

There could be more than the Bills’ and Colts’ overtime rules change proposals, and Beane joked the Competition Committee might have to discuss 32. The Bills just want to see a change of some sort, so no other team in the future experiences what they did in January.

“Experiencing what we experienced overall, I think there’s a better way out there,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. ” And when you go through experiences like that and you experience those things firsthand in particular, you want to evolve the game. And I think evolving the game for us going through that like we did as a firsthand experience of saying, `Hey, we can make the game better if we just did X, Y and Z.’”

14 responses to “Bills propose postseason overtime rules change based on time, not possessions

  1. abolish overtime except for Post Season…. bring back ties and make the OT rules equitable for each team …

  2. Why not play overtime as currently done with one change? Remove the coin toss and just continue with whoever had possession ending the fourth quarter. Teams can decide how to play in the final minutes of the fourth quarter already knowing who starts overtime with possession.

  3. If you could’ve stopped them from going 45 yards in 13 seconds you wouldn’t of had to worry about overtime

  4. This is the only move if you want fairness. According to the Colts proposal, if both teams get a chance to score and then the next team to score wins, that’s exactly what we have right now. In the Chiefs Bills game it gives the Chiefs one more possession than the Bills. That’s not fairness. Time is fairness. 10 minute OT is necessary.

  5. How many 5-minute overtime periods would you like to get the job done Bills? 5? 10? 15? Until you win?

  6. i’ve another solution for Buffalo..go find some players who can actually play defence;

    if you ask why i say that, my answer is 13 seconds;

  7. There is a simple solution: Play defense, stop the opposing offense, and score when you get the ball back.

  8. Should have always been based on an extra period until someone wins when time runs out.

  9. Make it so if Team A wins the coin toss and scores a touchdown, Team B also now gets a chance but HAS to go for 2.

    Team A has to decide upon scoring how much they trust their offense for 2 versus defense giving up a full 8, or they go the easier route of kicking the extra point, knowing they just have to stop the full 8 point drive (I assume around 50% chance of getting 2).

    This way each team has to take chances, decide what side of the ball to trust more. Coin toss winner Team A has to decide whether to play down the middle or gamble. You also offset some of the coin toss loser Team B having the 4-down advantage.

    Higher percentage to get a winner those first two drives, and all the variables won’t allow for a team to say they didn’t get a chance.

  10. I have been saying this for years. The only fair OT procedures is another “quarter” of football. A timed period. That’s it. Any rules that say both teams have to have the same number of possessions is going to fail. Throughout the course of a game both teams dont end up with the same number of possessions. All the proposals that have been put out there just delays the “unfairness” to one team getting a second possession. Then the argument will be, it wasnt fair that Team A got the ball twice and Team B only got it once, waaaah.

  11. A timed OT is not the answer (opens up more unfair advantage based on the coin toss). BOTH TEAMS SHOULD GET A POSSESSION, & then, if still tied, it’s sudden death. Very simple. However, the notion of choosing to kick first in OT still makes for a poor analytics choice. Just because the 2nd team to receive the ball knows what they need, the 3rd possession, if applicable, could end it. Who wouldn’t want the ball first in a sudden death scenario?
    The idea of removing PATs in OT would certainly add more pressure & excitement.

  12. I wouldn’t mind this, but how many Overtime periods if it’s still tied? 1, then sudden death? 1, then the currently modified sudden death? multiple overtimes until someone wins? People are always going to find reasons to complain when their team loses.

  13. I like this idea. No gimmicky rules for playoff OT. Just play another full quarter.

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