Extra Points

Two stats on the OT rules

Like the idiot that I am, I left two fairly useful statistics out of my story this morning on the new overtime rules for the postseason.

They were supposed to go under a section that would have talked about how much an impact the new rules will have.

Historically, it won’t be much:

  • Since there were three overtime games in the 2003 playoffs, just seven of the 66 playoff games played since (10.6 percent) have gone into an extra session.
  • And out of the 27 overtime playoff games played since 1958, only three (11.1 percent) would have ended differently if played under the new rule (all three ended on a field goal by the team winning the coin toss): ’09 Saints-Vikings NFC Championship game, ’02 Titans-Steelers and, drumroll please, the ’01 Patriots-Raiders game. Yup, the Tuck Rule Game.

So Charles Woodson could have something new to complain about.


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