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NFL needs to adopt college’s OT rules

Unless you are a fan of the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday’s NFC Championship Game was a disappointment – and not because they won.

It was how they won.

The beer had just been served for what promised to be a thrilling overtime to cap a thrilling game when the Seahawks scored a touchdown on a pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse 3:19 into what essentially was sudden death.

Just like that, the game was over and Green Bay was sent packing.

Our friend Jim has a suggestion: The NFL should adopt college football’s overtime rules.

In college football, each overtime period consists of one possession for each team, with the order determined by a coin toss. After each period, the order of possession flips. Each drive starts at the defense’s 25-yard line. If the score is still tied at the end of a period, another is played until one team fails to match the other team’s score. Starting with the third overtime, only two-point conversion attempts are allowed after a touchdown.

Under those rules, the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers would have had a shot to match Seattle’s touchdown. And if the Seahawks’ defense prevented the Packers from scoring, the winner clearly would be the better team – not just the winner of a coin toss.

These changes would extend games and make it more exciting for fans, and pleasing the majority of fans is what the NFL should be most concerned about.

The finish Sunday was a letdown after such a thrilling game.

– Tom Couzens


What to watch

Golf, Humana Challenge, noon, GOLF: The PGA Tour returns from Hawaii for its annual tournament in La Quinta.

Twitter chatter

@SethStrick11: “I hate the NFL overtime rule. Best QB in league doesn’t get to touch the ball in OT all because the coin toss? Stupid.”

On this date

1973: George Foreman knocks out Joe Frazier in the second round in Kingston, Jamaica, to win the world heavyweight title.

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Editor’s note: This story was changed Jan. 22 to correct when only two-point conversions are allowed in overtime in college football.