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Scenarios for sudden death in playoffs

Updated: January 12, 2012, 3:09 PM ET
By David Fleming | Page 2

Admit it, you were saved by Tim Tebow.

After 36 years of sudden-death overtime in the NFL, the league decided last season that it was tired of letting coin flips and kickers decide the outcome of its best and most important games, so the NFL owners voted 28-4 in favor of the complicated, verbose and, at times, downright bizarre NFL Rule 16 (Sudden-Death Procedures) for use in the playoffs.

How bizarre? Well, the rule actually includes a dozen references to the term "muffed" ...

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