|NFL changes OT rules||03.23.10 at 3:25 pm ET|
NFL owners voted 28-4 on Tuesday afternoon to change the league’s rules regarding overtime. Under the new proposal, the team that loses the coin toss at the start of OT would still get a possession — unless a touchdown is scored on the first possession of overtime. The sudden-death format would resume thereafter. For 2010, this rule change will only apply to playoff games. However, the league may amend the rules again during its next series of scheduled meetings in May.
According to several reports, the four teams who voted against the plan were the Bills, Vikings, Ravens and Bengals.
The Patriots were one of the teams that voted in favor of the plan, even though coach Bill Belichick has publicly voiced his displeasure with the proposed new format — as well as the current one. In an interview with ESPN.com earlier this week. Belichick said he likes “the rules of the game as they are in regulation,” which would extend to a timed overtime period, something he advocated in a 2007 interview in The Boston Globe. “I think that’s the way it should be in overtime, but that’s not the way it is,” Belichick said of the timed format. “So whatever it is, it is.”
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