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NFL's new overtime rule still comes up way short

Updated: January 7, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Jim Caple

The NFL begins a new rule for ending overtime games this weekend, one needlessly filled with odd loopholes and possibilities, thereby combining two things Americans despise -- overtime tie-breaking gimmicks and the U.S. tax code.

By saying postseason overtimes cannot end on a first-possession field goal, the league is essentially suggesting that kicking a field goal is not a good enough way to win -- or at least it isn't right away, though it will simply have to do once both ...

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