The NFL playoffs provided plenty of fireworks over the weekend.
After a wild fourth quarter that saw the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills score a combined 28 points with four lead changes and one tie, one of the most amazing NFL playoff games came down to one thing.
A coin flip. Of course some defense had to be played, but that’s neither her nor there.
Per the NFL’s overtime rules, if the team that starts with the ball scores a touchdown, It’s over.
That’s what happened.
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KELCE FOR THE WIN!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7ZDYjEMuxY
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 24, 2022
The internet was pissed.
Incredible finish. But a sport where one of the teams doesn’t touch the ball in overtime badly needs a rule change.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 24, 2022
As much as I love the NFL I hate the overtime rules. Feels so unfair Buffalo doesn’t get a chance to answer that.
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) January 24, 2022
I, for one, am glad that these allegedly horrific overtime rules protect football's true superstar: THE COIN
— Pablo Torre (@PabloTorre) January 24, 2022
The worst overtime format in sports strikes again.
Fix this garbage.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 24, 2022
This is the biggest indictment of the NFL overtime rules. Bills deserve to return serve
— Jawn Gonzalez (@JohnGonzalez) January 24, 2022
I am politely suggesting that the architect of the NFL overtime rules go to jail, or at least to, like, a lengthy period of time stuck in a DMV waiting room
— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) January 24, 2022
Ain't over til it's over. They gotta fix the overtime rule in the NFL to not come down to a cointoss – do it like college – but wow what a finish.
— Alexis Ohanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@alexisohanian) January 24, 2022
We should all be celebrating getting to watch one of the best games of all time with one of the best finishes.
Instead we have to sit here and wonder “what if” because of the worst overtime rules in the sport.
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 24, 2022
Still undefeated as the worst rule in sports—the NFL overtime farce.
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) January 24, 2022
Josh Allen weighed in, he gets it, no complaining from him.
Should the NFL change its OT rules? pic.twitter.com/pMfYfKsQKD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 24, 2022
There’s no doubt the NFL rules committee is going to have to take a deep dive on this in the offseason.