NFL overtime rule change comes five years too late for Falcons

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There aren’t many fans who have been hurt by the NFL’s overtime rules more than the Falcons. Five years ago, Atlanta didn’t get a possession in overtime of the Super Bowl against the Patriots; now, that is a thing of the past.

NFL owners approved a proposal Tuesday that will guarantee each team a possession but only in the postseason. The rule for regular-season games, which is sudden-death style overtime, remains unchanged.

In the playoffs this past year, the Chiefs defeated the Bills in overtime during the divisional playoff round with an opening-possession touchdown. I’d say the immediate reaction is primarily due to the public outcry following the electric matchup.

If the score remains tied in the postseason after each team has had a possession, the game will be decided in traditional sudden death.

I’m sure Falcons fans would’ve loved to give Matt Ryan another chance in the Super Bowl, but not scoring in the final 25 minutes of regulation has to be considered. Not stopping Tom Brady and the Patriots in the fourth quarter and overtime to the tune of 25 points is pretty embarrassing as well.

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