It’s worth reminding everyone that the Lions vs. Saints playoff game this Saturday will fall under the league’s new overtime rules.
NFL owners voted in 2010 to install a modified sudden-death system to determine the winner in the playoffs when the score is tied at the end of regulation. 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.
Here is the rule:
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 Referee for a palpably unfair act. Each team has three timeouts per half and all general timing provisions apply as during a regular game. Try is not attempted if touchdown scored. Disqualified players are not allowed to return.
Also, there are no challenges and reviews are initiated by the replay assistant.
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