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Handy-dandy guide to NFL overtime rules

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Handy-dandy guide to NFL overtime rules

Prior to the 2010 season, NFL owners voted to amend overtime rules for the postseason to a modified sudden death format. Teams have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once in the extra period unless the team that receives the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession.Here's a look at the overtime procedures for the postseason, as set forth by the NFL:
POSTSEASON MODIFIED SUDDEN DEATH
The modified sudden death system of determining the winner shall prevail when the score is tied at the end of regulation for postseason NFL games. The system guarantees each team a possession or the opportunity to possess, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession.--At the end of regulation time, the Referee will immediately toss a coin at the center of the field in accordance with rules pertaining to the usual pregame toss. The captain of the visiting team will call the toss prior to the coin being flipped.
--Following a three-minute intermission after the end of the regulation game, play will be continued in 15-minute periods until a winner is declared. Each team must possess or have the opportunity to possess the ball unless the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown on its initial possession. Play continues in sudden death until a winner is determined, and the game automatically ends upon any score (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) or when a score is awarded by the Referee for a palpably unfair act. Each team has three timeouts per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular-season game. The try is not attempted if a touchdown is scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return.
--Instant Replay: No challenges are allowed. All reviews are initiated by the replay official.Key Definitions:
--Possession: Actual possession of the ball with complete control. The defense gains possession when it catches, intercepts, or recovers a loose ball.
--Opportunity to possess: The opportunity to possess occurs only during kicking plays. A kickoff is an opportunity to possess for the receiving team. If the kicking team legally recovers the kick, the receiving team is considered to have had its opportunity. A punt or a field goal that crosses the line of scrimmage and is muffed by the receiving team is considered to be an opportunity to possess for the receivers. Normal touching rules by the kicking team apply.Following are the Approved Rulings pertaining to postseason overtime from the 2011 Official Casebook of the NFL, a supplement to the NFL Rule Book:
RULE 16SUDDEN DEATH
A.R. 16.1 -- Kickoff return for a touchdown
Team B receives the opening kickoff and returns it for a touchdown.
Ruling: Game over. Team B wins. A.R. 16.2 -- Onside kick
On the opening kickoff of overtime from the A35, Team A legally recovers the ball at the A46.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on A46. A kickoff is considered an opportunity to possess for the receiving team. Team B is considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball. A.R. 16.3 -- Onside kick
On the opening kickoff of overtime from the A35, Team A attempts an onside kick. A2 legally touches the ball at the A47, but muffs it and it is recovered by B1 at the A48.
Ruling: Bs ball, first-and-10 on A48. Team A is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball. A.R. 16.4 -- Muffed kickoff
Following a successful field goal on the opening possession of overtime, Team As kickoff is muffed by B1 at the B35 and is recovered by A2.
Ruling: Game over. Team A wins. Team B had an opportunity to possess the ball.A.R. 16.5 -- Touchdown on first possession
Team A drives down the field on the opening possession of overtime and scores a touchdown.
Ruling: Game over. Team A wins. A.R. 16.6 -- Field goal on first possession
Team A kicks a field goal on the opening possession of overtime.
Ruling: Three points for Team A, but the game is not over. Team A must kick off to Team B. If Team B scores a touchdown or does not score, the game is over. If Team B scores a field goal, the game continues in sudden death. A.R. 16.7 -- Muffed punt
On the opening possession of overtime, Team A punts and B3 muffs the punt at the B22. A6 recovers at the B22.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B22. Team B had the opportunity to possess the kick. Both teams have met the minimum requirements for possession. The first team to score wins. A.R. 16.8 -- Fumbled kickoff return
On the opening kickoff of overtime, B3 returns the ball to the B30 where he is hit and fumbles. A6 muffs the loose ball to the B28 where B5 recovers.
Ruling: Bs ball, first-and-10 on B28. Since the ball was loose from a fumble as opposed to a kick, Team A is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball. A.R. 16.9 -- Blocked punt
Fourth-and-5 on A45. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As punt is blocked by B3 at the A35. A2 picks up the loose ball at the A40 and runs to the 50 for a first down.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on 50. Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball because it did not touch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.A.R. 16.10 -- Blocked punt
Fourth-and-5 on A45. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As punt is blocked by B3 at the A35. B4 attempts to pick up the loose ball at the A40, but muffs it to the A33 where it is recovered by A4 who runs to the B40 for a first down.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B40. Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball because it did not touch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. A.R. 16.11 -- Blocked punt
Fourth-and-5 on A45. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As punt is blocked by B3 at the A35. The ball hits the ground beyond the line at the B48 and bounces back to the A43 where it is recovered by A4 who runs to the B40 for a first down.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B40. Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball because it did not touch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.A.R. 16.12 -- Blocked punt
Fourth-and-5 on A45. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As punt is blocked by B3 at the A35. The ball bounces beyond the line to the A48, where B4 muffs the loose ball to the A45 where it is recovered by A4.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on A45. Because Team B touched the punt beyond the line of scrimmage, a new series is awarded to Team A. Since Team B had the opportunity to possess the ball, both teams have met the minimum requirements for possession.A.R. 16.13 -- Fumble
Third-and-5 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, A2 takes a handoff and runs to the B35 where he fumbles the ball. B2 recovers the ball and runs to the B40.
Ruling: Bs ball, first-and-10 on B40. Both teams have had an actual possession. The first team to score wins.A.R. 16.14 -- Fumble
Third-and-5 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, A2 takes a handoff and runs to the B35 where he fumbles the ball. B2 recovers the ball and runs to the B40 where he is hit and fumbles. A5 recovers at the B41.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B41. Both teams have had an actual possession. The first team to score wins.A.R. 16.15 -- Interception
Third-and-5 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, B2 intercepts a pass at the 50 and returns it for a touchdown.
Ruling: Game over. Team B wins. Each team has had an actual possession.A.R. 16.16 -- Fumble
Second-and-10 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, A2 takes a handoff and runs to the A38 where he fumbles the ball. B2 muffs the loose ball at the A35 and it is recovered by A5 at the A33.
Ruling: As ball, third-and-7 on A33. Since the ball was loose from a fumble as opposed to a kick, Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball.A.R. 16.17 -- Touching of a pass
Third-and-5 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, A1 drops back to pass and throws the ball from the A23. The ball is tipped by B4 at the A25 and is caught by A3 at the A34. A3 runs to the A40 where he is tackled.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on A40. Touching of a pass by Team B does not constitute an opportunity to possess the ball.A.R. 16.18 -- Incomplete pass
Second-and-5 on A30. On the opening possession of overtime, A1 drops back to pass and throws the ball from the A23 toward A2 at the B40. B4 jumps up to intercept the pass and lands with his left foot inbounds and his right
Ruling: As ball, third-and-5 on A30. An incomplete pass is not considered an opportunity to possess.A.R. 16.19 -- Safety
Third-and-5 on A7. On the opening possession of overtime, A1 is tackled in his own end zone for a safety.
Ruling: Game over. Team B wins. Both teams have met the minimum requirements for possession.A.R. 16.20 -- Field goal
Fourth-and-5 on B25. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As field-goal attempt is blocked by B3 at the line of scrimmage and lands at the B28 where it is recovered by A4 who runs to the B18 for a first down.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B18. Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball because it did not touch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.
A.R. 16.21 -- Field goal
Fourth-and-5 on B25. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As field-goal attempt is blocked by B3 at the line of scrimmage. The ball hits the ground beyond the line at the B22 and bounces back to the B28 where it is recovered by A4 who runs to the B18 for a first down.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B18. Team B is not considered to have had an opportunity to possess the ball because it did not touch the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.A.R. 16.22 -- Field goal
Fourth-and-5 on B25. On the opening possession of overtime, Team As field-goal attempt is blocked by B3 at the line of scrimmage. The ball bounces beyond the line to the B20, where B4 muffs the loose ball to the B18 where it is recovered by A4.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on B18. Because Team B touched the kick beyond the line of scrimmage, a new series is awarded to Team A. Since Team B had the opportunity to possess the ball, both teams have met the minimum requirements for possession.A.R. 16.23 Foul on "B" prior to possession
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is intercepted at the 50 by B1, who is tackled immediately. B2 is called for roughing the passer during the play.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on A45. Team B did not gain possession of the ball legally; therefore the game is not over, and Team As initial possession will continue.A.R. 16.24 -- Foul on "B" prior to double change of possession
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is intercepted at the 50 by B1, who continues to run with the ball. B1 fumbles at the A20, where A2 scoops it up and runs for a touchdown. B2 is called for roughing the passer during the play.
Ruling: As ball, first-and-10 on the A45. Team A must accept the penalty, since that is the only way its initial possession will continue. If A declines the penalty and takes the result of the play, the game is over since As initial possession ended when the pass was intercepted.
A.R 16.25 -- Foul on "B" prior to double change, option for "A"
First-and-10 on A20. On the opening possession of overtime, QBA1 throws a pass that is intercepted at the A49 by B1, who continues to run with the ball to the A30 where he is hit and fumbles. A2 recovers the ball and is downed at the A30. B2 is called for roughing the passer during the play.
Ruling: If A accepts the penalty for roughing the passer, it will be As ball, first-and-10 on A35, and Team B is not considered to have had its opportunity to possess the ball. If A declines the penalty, it is As ball, first-and-10 on A30, Team B has had its possession, and the first team to score will win the game.A.R. 16.26 -- Foul on "B" after change of possession
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is legally intercepted at the 50 by B1, who continues to run with the ball and is downed at the A30. B2 is called for holding during B1s return.
Ruling: Game over, Team B wins. Since Team As possession ended legally, both teams have met the requirement for possession, and the game is over. A.R. 16.27 -- Double foul with "A" change, game over
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is legally intercepted at the 50 by B1, who continues to run with the ball and is downed at the A20. Team A is called for holding prior to the interception, and Team B is called for an illegal block above the waist after the interception.
Ruling: Game over, Team B wins. Since Team As possession ended legally, both teams have met the requirement for possession, and the game is over. A.R. 16.28 -- Double foul with "A" change, game not over
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is intercepted at the 50 by B1, who continues to run with the ball and is downed at the A20. Team B is called for holding prior to the interception, and Team A is called for a low block after the interception.
Ruling: Fouls offset, and Team As initial possession continues. As ball, first- and-10 on A30. A.R. 16.29 -- Double foul after change, game over
Trailing 13-10 after the first team to possess the ball in overtime kicks a successful field goal, Team A receives the kickoff and is downed at the A30. On its first play from scrimmage, QBA1 throws a pass that is legally intercepted at the 50 by B1, who continues to run with the ball and is downed at the A20. After the interception, Team B is called for holding, and Team A is called for a facemask.
Ruling: Game over, Team B wins. Since Team As possession ended legally, both teams have met the requirement for possession, and the game is over.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”