Yesterday, NFL Owners voted 28-4 in favor of changing the overtime rules (in the postseason only). In such an instance:
-The team who receives the ball first can win the game with an opening drive touchdown.
-If the team who receives the ball first scores a field goal, the opposing team will get the ball as well and have an opportunity to either tie it with a field goal of their own (in which case, repeat the first step), or win it with a touchdown. After each team has had one possession, the game reverts back to the old overtime rules, with the next team scoring being declared the winner.
-Any defensive score results in the end of the game.
I'm indifferent. I don't know what I feel about this rule. Statistics show that first possession only seems to matter in the regular season, and since this isn't going to be implemented in the regular season, I guess I'm just sort of waiting the first few postseason overtimes to see how it goes down.
Reform in the NFL is needed and inevitable at times. This rule change came as a surprise to a lot of people, so we're just going to have to buckle down and hope that the whole two page document was worth it.