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NFL will review overtime rules

January 30, 2009 |  4:00 pm

The NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league will take a hard look at how overtime games are decided, including a possible rule that would prohibit games from being decided by a field goal on the opening drive of the extra period.

"It's been considered before, and I'm sure it will be considered among the alternatives," he said. "There are other ways of addressing the field goal on the first drive, and I think it's something the competition committee needs to consider."

Historically, 30% of overtime games were decided when the team that wins the coin flip scores on its opening possession. But in recent years that percentage has risen to about 47%.

"I think that's significant," he said. "It's something our committee needs to look at. When you couple that with the fact that our field-goal kickers are much more accurate than they have been in the past, that's a danger.

"We have talked about different concepts, and the committee will discuss this."

-- Sam Farmer

Photo: The NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award was displayed Friday during NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's news conference in the Tampa Convention Center. The winner will be announced prior to Sunday's game. Credit: Drew Hallowell / Getty Images