Patriots support OT change

March, 22, 2010
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ORLANDO – The Patriots support the NFL’s proposed modified overtime rule, owner Robert Kraft said this morning. Kraft said the decision was made Sunday night.

While Kraft said he would prefer that the rule be for the regular season and playoffs, the Patriots will still vote for it this week.

The overtime format modification under consideration is for playoff games only, and would ensure that each team would have at least one possession unless the club receiving the ball scores a touchdown on the opening drive of the extra period. If the team kicked a field goal or did not score at all, the opposing team would have a chance to score a touchdown to win the game.

Kraft pointed to the Super Bowl this year and how one of the most exciting plays was an onside kick. He thinks the change could lead to more onside kicks.

“I think it will be more exciting,” he said. “Probably the coaches collectively aren’t for this, because it just puts more decision making and more risk, but I think it’s a good thing. It’s another way that we keep working to improve our product.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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