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NFL Changes Overtime Playoff Rules

The National Football League owners have approved a change in overtime, starting with the playoffs following the 2010 season, that will modify the sudden-death format and prevent a team from winning a game with a field goal on the opening possession. The vote was 28-4, with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals voting against. It needed at least 24 votes to pass. (T)he new overtime rule... says the team receiving the kickoff can't end the game on the first possession unless it scores a touchdown...

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