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The possible OT rule change

3/11/2010

Let me point you in the direction of this discussion between ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and NFC West blogger Mike Sando, one that has special significance to NFC North fans.

As you might be aware, NFL owners are expected to vote on a proposed rule change for overtime playoff games. As Mike wrote: "Both teams would get at least one possession in overtime unless one team scored a touchdown on the first possession. This would prevent a team from moving quickly into range for the winning field goal before the other team had a chance to get its offense on the field."

The change would only impact playoff games, but as I'm sure you're aware, both Minnesota and Green Bay saw their postseasons end in overtime. The rule change wouldn't have helped Green Bay, which lost when Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby returned a fumble for a touchdown.

But in instances like the NFC Championship Game, the new rule would have given the Vikings an overtime possession after New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley's 40-yard field goal.

Clayton suggests there is less than a 50 percent chance of the rule passing. Would you be on board with this change? Should it extend to touchdowns as well? Are you OK with overtime rules changing in the playoffs? Or should the rule extend to the regular season as well?